I remember in the old days when this first seemed to make its way onto the supermarket shelves it was something that the hippy people would eat or for just posh dinner parties. But nowadays butternut squash is everywhere.
I must confess that prior to leaving England to move to Portugal in 2008 I had never shop bought any butternut squash. It seemed too expensive compared to broccoli and also with the big stone in the middle seemed like a waste of money. Plus I had never really been that interested in it.
We first tried it for Father’s Day in 2007, just over a year before we left England for warmer climates. We were at a special lunch for Fathers Day at Manchester United Football Club and the soup was amazing and was a cream of butternut squash and potato and it was the nicest soup we have ever tried!
Though, since then we have created our own favourite one that you can print off here.
And since then it was something we wanted to buy and try ourselves but we never quite got around to it! As we all know that life can get in the way sometimes.
Anyway, fast forward a couple of years and we soon learnt that it was very competitive price wise in Portugal and we started eating it on a regular basis. It is always available all year round here and you can pick up a medium one for around 1.80€.
You can’t even get a cauliflower for that price!
And we soon got into the habit of eating them on a regular basis and if you are on a carbs restricted diet they make a fantastic alternative to potatoes. If you are a fan of the British carrot and swede mash I find it tastes very similar to that with a lovely sweet kick. Or instead you could have it on top of a cottage pie instead of potato mash.
What I love most about it is the multiple uses and that it is also rather good for you too.
Have a look at these amazing health benefits:
Plus with it featuring on my top 100 snacks under 50 calories you know that it is super low in calories too.
Many of us often want a good kick of fibre in our diet and this shows that you don’t just have to limit yourself to Bran Flakes or beans as this is a super healthy alternative.
Therefore go and steam, boil, bake or slow cook your way to a healthy yet filling dish.