Butternut Squash Porridge

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Okay, this is my new favorite breakfast (until I come across my next new favorite breakfast ūüėČ ) ¬†But for now, this is it! ¬†I LOVE that butternut squash is a vegetable! ¬†It’s SO versatile, and has so many uses. ¬†And now, I’ve got a new one for you – porridge, or hot cereal, you could really call it either or, but once you try it, you will definitely call it delicious!

Yes, I have professed my love for butternut squash many times before on here, but I can’t help it! ¬†Check out this pin with some great health benefits of butternut squash!

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Look at all those nutrients!  No wonder why I love this stuff!  Oh, and as a HUGE added bonus, when you are baking the butternut squash for this recipe, it will fill your house with some amazing smells!  Your house will smell like a bakery or doughnut shop, and your mouth will be watering!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PORRIDGE

Ingredients – makes one serving

  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries chopped
  • handful of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, add your butternut squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia.  Toss to coat.

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2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread out the butternut squash on the sheet.  Bake for 50-60 minutes till the squash is tender at 350 degrees.

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3.) Place in a bowl, add the vanilla, and mash with a fork.

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4.) Add the almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, and chia seeds.

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Now get ready to have a new favorite, because you will be so addicted once you try this! ¬†YU-UUU-UUUUM!!! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Butternut Squash and Banana Breakfast Mash

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Get ready for the yummiest breakfast ever! ¬†I love this stuff – it’s got a great autumn vibe to it, and it tastes like a little piece of heaven! ¬†What a great way to start your day! ¬†The two main ingredients in this dish are butternut squash and banana, both of which are REALLY good for you! ¬†Check out these pins listing some of the health benefits of each of these foods.

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All this in a breakfast?!  Yes, please!!!

Another plus when it comes to this dish is that when it is baking in the oven, it makes your house smell AMAZING!  The pumpkin pie spice makes your kitchen smell like a bakery in the middle of fall!

I topped mine with dried cranberries, coconut, and chia seeds, but there are SO many possibilities! ¬†You could top it with raisins, chopped nuts of your choice, nut butter, blueberries, dried fruit, goji berries, strawberries…like I said, the possibilities are endless! ¬†Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BANANA BREAKFAST MASH

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 1 large butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and chopped into cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • Toppings (I used shredded coconut, dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened), and chia seeds)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the butternut squash on the baking sheet and sprinkle with the pumpkin pie spice.  Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

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2.) In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork.  Add the baked butternut squash and vanilla.  Mash again with a fork.

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3.) Top with your toppings.

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Now your house smells as amazing as this breakfast will make you feel! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Healthy Butternut Squash Doughnuts

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Guys!!! ¬†Autumn is HERE, and you know what that means??? ¬†It’s cider and doughnuts season! ¬†Woo-Hooooo!!! ¬†Now, you’re probably thinking, yeah, but that means a bunch of extra sugar and fat that will ultimately make me feel a bit like garbage. ¬†Well, I have good news! ¬†I came up with this amazingly delicious recipe for butternut squash doughnuts that are SUPER good for you! ¬†And they go PERFECT with a nice cup of hot apple cider! ¬†This means you get to enjoy the fall tradition of cider and doughnuts while nourishing your body in the process! ¬†Added bonus? ¬†They’re gluten free too, yeast free, and there is no refined sugar!

Oh, and did I mention that they also contain butternut squash, which means they have the health benefits, that the following pin points out, of butternut squash in a doughnut!

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You can also replace the butternut squash puree with pumpkin to make a pumpkin doughnut. ¬†It’s completely up to you! ¬†Okay, let’s take a look at this recipe!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH DOUGHNUTS

Ingredients – makes 8-10 doughnuts

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4-5 packets of stevia
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Sift together the dry ingredients (oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt, baking soda, and stevia) in a large mixing bowl.

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2.) Add the wet ingredients (egg, applesauce, butternut squash puree, yogurt, milk, and vanilla), and stir to combine completely.

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3.) Very lightly spray a doughnut baking pan with olive oil. ¬†Fill the doughnut tin with the batter, taking care not to fill it too full, and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees. ¬†Keep an eye on them, so they don’t dry out.

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4.) Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and allow to cool completely.

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DOUGHNUTS!!!!

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Nom, nom, nom!

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A circle of goodness! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Healthy Butternut Squash Rosemary and Garlic Dip

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Okay, so I recently had to have a tooth pulled – not cool, guys! ¬†I had to have a filling replaced, and I ended up getting irreversible pulpitis in the tooth (basically inflammation of the pulp) – can you say ouch??? ¬†Wow – talk about some of the worst pain you’ve ever felt in your life!!! ¬†Anyway, the only treatment for irreversible pulpitis is either a root canal or having the tooth extracted. ¬†I would NEVER get a root canal, and I would NEVER recommend anyone getting a root canal, so extraction it was!

You may be wondering why I am so against root canals. ¬†Well, the truth of the matter is, I didn’t know how dangerous they really are. ¬†I don’t have any, so I never really gave it any thought, but when this tooth started acting up, I spoke with a nutritional consultant that works for Dr. Lawrence Wilson, and she told me that Dr. Wilson NEVER EVER recommends root canals. ¬†In fact, when someone goes on his nutritional balancing program, he actually recommends having any root canaled teeth removed, and his clients report feeling dramatically better after having done so.

It was explained to me that almost all root canals harbor extremely dangerous infections.  It is a known fact that 97% of terminal cancer patients have had this dental procedure.  It is also known that root canals can lead to many chronic diseases such as MS, arthritis, heart, kidney, bone, and brain disease.  After she told me all this, I did my own research Рall the while considering yanking this tooth out myself because I was in so much pain!  I was shocked to find out how well known it is that this procedure is extremely dangerous, and yet it is still being practiced today!

The following pins ink to multiple sites that explain the dangers of a root canal and explain why this dental procedure is just not a risk that anyone should be willing to take.

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And this is only a few!  Do a google search on the dangers of root canals, and you will get thousands of results!

Needless to say, I quickly came to the conclusion that a root canal was not an option. ¬†I’ve heard the saying “Save your teeth at all costs”, but at the cost of my health??? ¬†Sorry, that just doesn’t add up to me. ¬†Moral of the story is – do your research, and make an informed decision if you are facing a root canal. ¬†Also, if you have root canalled teeth, and you’re feeling ill, and are having a hard time finding a diagnosis – consider those teeth! ¬†They could be the culprit…just something to consider.

Alright, now that I’ve given you something to think about, some good news! ¬†My pain is your gain, because after getting the tooth extracted, I was on an all soft food diet while healing. ¬†I would puree all my food in a food processor so that I wouldn’t have to chew it. ¬†In full disclosure, I also may have overindulged in some organic vanilla bean ice cream as well – why? ¬†Because I deserved it after dealing with that awful toothache and then getting it extracted!

Anyway, during this time, I stumbled upon an amazing recipe for a butternut squash dip! ¬†I was pureeing some butternut squash and threw a few other ingredients in to make it extra tasty, and when it came out, I was like – oh my gosh, this would make an AMAZING dip for crackers, chips, veggies, bread, anything really – it is SO good!!! ¬†I told my mom about it and she whipped up a batch for a get together she was having, and it was a HUGE hit! ¬†Let’s get to the recipe, which is surprising simple for how delicious is tastes!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC DIP

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 ¬†– 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (you can increase this for a less “thick” dip)
  • 1-2 oz. soft goat cheese (If you don’t like goat cheese, you can substitute another cheese in here)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 390 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the butternut squash on the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic granules, dried rosemary, and sea salt.  Toss to coat, and place in the oven.  Bake for 35-40 minutes at 390 degrees.

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2.) When the squash is done, place it in a food processor, and add the greek yogurt and goat cheese.  Process on high till smooth.  Scrape the sides down, if needed, take a taste and add more salt if needed.  Process on high again until completely smooth.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl, and serve as a dip for something yummy…unless you’ve just had a tooth pulled, then just enjoy it without dipping anything in it! ūüėČ

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Ahhh, beauty from pain! ¬†Delicious and nutritious! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Gluten Free Egg, Spinach, & Onion Breakfast Biscuit

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Anybody that knows me, or follows my blog at all knows that it is SO rare that I use the microwave…in fact, it’s at most once per year. ¬†However, yesterday morning, I was in such a rush after waking up late that I succumbed! In all honesty, I’m glad I did, because I made these SUPER yummy breakfast biscuits! ¬†These guys are gluten free, super quick and easy, excellent for you, and so so tasty! ¬†You will love them! ¬†Also, if you don’t want to use the microwave, you can use the oven. ¬†I will explain how in the recipe directions. ¬†I will say that the microwave was a HUGE timesaver for me this time though!

For the biscuits, I got the idea from the following pin, but I altered the recipe a lot.

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I actually used butternut squash puree in my biscuits, but you could also use pumpkin or sweet potato puree as well.  At any rate, they turn out great, and like I said before, they are SO easy!

GLUTEN FREE EGG SPINACH & ONION BREAKFAST BISCUIT

Ingredients (makes one biscuit sandwich)

For the biscuit

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • sea salt
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. canned puree (can use butternut squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk

For the filling

  • 1 very large handful of spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • olive oil spray

Directions

1.) First, we’re going to make the biscuit. ¬†Place the coconut flour, baking powder, and a pinch of sea salt in a small bowl. ¬†Mix well. ¬†In another small bowl, place the egg, puree, and almond milk. ¬†Whisk until combined completely. ¬†Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

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2.) Spray a large mug or a small bowl with olive oil, then put the mixture into the mug or bowl.  Place in the microwave for 3-4 minutes until cooked through.  If using the oven, place in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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3.) Let cool in the cup for a minute or so, then take out and put on a plate.  Use a knife to slice in half.

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4.) Now, we will make the filling.  Spray a small frying pan with olive oil spray, and place over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes.  Add the spinach, a sprinkle of garlic powder, and a bit of sea salt. Cook until the spinach is completely wilted. Place on one of the biscuit slices.

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5.) Using the same mug or small bowl that used for the biscuit, respray it with olive oil.  Crack an egg into the mug and stir with a fork to break the yolk.

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6.) Place in the microwave for about 40-60 seconds. ¬†Place the egg on the other biscuit slice. ¬†If you don’t want to use the microwave, you can just cook your egg in the frying pan you used for the spinach and onion.

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7.) Put the slices together, and you’ve got your breakfast biscuit sandwhich! ¬†SO EASY!

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SO YUMMY!!! ¬†You gotta try this! ūüôā