SCD + Paleo Butternut Squash Casserole With Pecans, Vanilla and Coconut Milk
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I've taken some time to slow down and reflect on what I value in life and what I am thankful for. The list is quite long and reading it over makes me realize how blessed I truly am and that I should never take these blessings for granted.
It is easy to speak and utter out load what we are thankful for, especially during a time like Thanksgiving when we are forced to reflect on these aspects. But we must remember to take it a step further. We must speak and act upon our blessings. We can say we are thankful for family, but we must show that we are thankful. Take time to reach out to family members, treat them with love and respect, do something special and out of the ordinary for them. Put their needs before your needs.
We can say we are thankful for our health, but we must act upon it. Get up and get moving; hit the gym or go for a run. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Take a look at the foods you eat, are they healthy choices? Can you cut back on processed foods, sugar and alcohol? The holidays are a good time to re-evaluate your health and fitness and possibly even start a detox. Before you can begin to respect others, first you need to respect yourself and your body.
We can say we are thankful for our homes, but we must remember those who are less fortunate. I strive to instill gratitude and compassion in my children. When I see their love for others and animals and their desire to help those in need I feel overwhelmed with a sense of peace. I hope that my children grow to become selfless adults that are considerate of everyone; family, peers and those less fortunate.
As we prepare to head into the holiday season, remember to take time and act on what you are thankful for. These small acts will eventually accumulate over time and bring peace and joy to your mind and body.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH CASSEROLE
yield: 8-10 servings
3 medium butternut squash, cut in half and de-seeded
3 tbs. olive oil
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup honey (you can use more if you prefer a sweeter dish)
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup organic butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
1. Place the butternut squash halves on cookie sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Cook at 385 degrees until soft when pierced with a fork.
2. Once the squash has cooled scoop out the insides and place in a large mixing bow.
3. Add the coconut milk, eggs, spices and honey and mix with an electric mixer or by hand until thoroughly blended together.
4. Place the mixture in a 9 x 12 casserole dish.
5. To make the topping combine the ingredients and mix, crumble the topping over the casserole.
6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and golden on top.