The Best of Winter Squash

I adore all the wonderful squash varieties available now—and all the amazing things you can make from them. If you’re a fan, too, pick up a copy of A Harvest of Pumpkins and Squash by Lou Seibert Pappas. One of my favorite recipes:

Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta With Fried Sage

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss together 1 pound butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes) with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl. Spread on baking sheet, and bake 15 minutes. Stir, turning squash over, and bake 15–20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, soak 1 cup polenta in 1 1/2 cups cold water in a bowl for 10 minutes. Bring 2 cups chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in polenta and remaining water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes or until thickened. Stir squash into the polenta, and cook until heated through. Spoon into a hot bowl to serve.

To fry sage: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook until it sizzles and browns lightly. Add 12 fresh sage leaves, and sauté until crisp. Scatter over the polenta. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese; serve.

 


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.

 

 

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Maple-Spiced Nuts

By Yunhee Kim

 

From Health magazine

Nuts + maple syrup + butter + cinnamon + chili powder = Maple-Spiced Nuts

Drowning in extra nuts from gift baskets? Use them in this tasty recipe that’s great as a low-sodium snack or for giving as gifts. Plus, the nuts are full of heart-healthy fats and magnesium, while the spice mixture contains antioxidant-rich cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and bake 1 1/2 cups nuts for 10 minutes; remove to cool slightly. Heat 1/2 cup maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; bring to a low boil, and stir in 1 tablespoon butter. Add nuts, and stir until coated; let cool. Combine 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon chili powder (less if you don’t want it spicy) in a bowl. Remove nuts from the maple mixture with a slotted spoon, and toss in the spice mixture. Lay nuts on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with a little sea salt; let dry. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

It makes 12 servings (serving size: 1 ounce).

Nutrition:
Calories 149; Fat 10g (sat 2g, mono 6g, poly 2g); Cholesterol 3mg; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 14g; Sugars 8g; Fiber 2g; Iron 1mg; Sodium 10mg; Calcium 30mg

 

 


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.

 

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Lovely Lemons

 

From Health magazine

Meyer lemons are only in season during winter—and they’re definitely worth a taste. They have thinner, smoother skin and sweeter flesh than regular lemons, which makes them great in desserts and sauces. Buy a box at www.katzandco.com for $28.

 

 


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.

 

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7 Keto Meal Delivery Services That Make Low-Carb Dieting So Much Easier

The keto diet boasts plenty of perks, from weight loss to improved cognitive function. But unfortunately, simplicity isn’t one of them. The high-fat, low-carb regimen is notoriously restrictive, which can make it hard to be creative in the kitchen and adapt regular recipes into keto-friendly versions.

To ease this constant struggle every keto dieter faces, meal delivery services have started offering an enormous range of ready-to-eat keto meals and foods delivered right to your door. Here are seven keto meal delivery services that will change the way you do low-carb.

RELATED: 9 Fruits You Can Actually Eat on the Keto Diet

Keto Fridge

Not only does Keto Fridge deliver low-carb, ready-to-heat-and-eat meals to your doorstep, but it also has its very own bakery, so you can order keto-approved scones, biscuits, and more. The best part is, there’s no requirement to sign up with a subscription. Simply order at least $69 worth of food at a time, and place your order by 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday for your food to be delivered the following Tuesday or Wednesday. The menu changes each week and prices vary, but each meal typically runs $9 to $18.

Kettlebell Kitchen

Do you consider the gym your second home? If you’re a keto dieter who has to throw extra carbs on her plate to meet her energy needs, Kettlebell Kitchen is the meal service for you. There’s an “athlete” version of each dish, which packs added carbs without overdoing it. The meals are ready to eat, and the menu changes each week. Order deadlines vary based on your location; just enter your zip code into the website to find out. For most areas, the service offers a beginning of the week delivery (Sunday or Monday) as well as a midweek delivery (Wednesday or Thursday).

RELATED: The Keto Diet Is Super Hard—These 3 Variations Are Much Easier to Follow

Green Chef

So you love to cook, but you avoid the grocery store at all costs. Green Chef gets that, which is why this service will deliver organic ingredients for you to cook low-carb meals at home—and each meal can be made in just 30 minutes, the company says. There are different plans you can choose from (such as two person or family), and each usually costs around $13 a pop. Once you order, you pick the day of the week you want your box delivered.

Ketoned Bodies

If saving the planet is your priority, Ketoned Bodies is the way to go. This service prides itself on delivering only grass-fed, organic, and sustainable meals. Have good allergies or sensitivities? No gluten, added sugar, or preservatives of any kind can be found in these meals. To make ordering easier, the company offers a range of packages you can sign up for. If you just want to try it out, you can also order by the meal (about $15 each). Your microwave-ready order should arrive about two days after you place it.

Factor 75

Factor 75’s main draw is that the meals contain grass-fed meats with no hormones, GMOs, or antibiotics. This service caters to a variety of diets, and keto-friendly options abound. (They’re marked on the menu with a “K” at the bottom.) To get started, select from several packages, starting at four meals per week for $60 and going up to 18 meals per week for $198. The menu changes each week, and you can choose every meal or let the company do it for you based on your preferences. Meals are delivered fresh instead of frozen, but they’re fully cooked and ready to be reheated.

RELATED: The 6 Biggest Keto Diet Mistakes

Terra’s Kitchen

Sick of having to deal with that massive cardboard box your meals are delivered in? Terra’s Kitchen has solved that problem. Food you order from this service arrives in a reusable, climate-controlled container with built-in insulation. The best part: Someone will pick the empty box up the next day if you just set it on your doorstep. All ingredients come pre-chopped, and the company claims every recipe can be made in 30 minutes or less. You can choose exactly what recipes you want in each delivery, with plans starting at $72 per week.

True Fare

True Fare has options for many different diets, but it also has a plan specifically for keto dieters. The company uses only grass-fed beef, free-range turkey and chicken, heritage-breed pork, and organic vegetables. Meals are delivered frozen, and all you have to do is heat and eat. There are several plans to choose from when signing up, and you can even select only breakfast if the first meal of the day is all you really want. True Fare also gives you the luxury of making a one-time meal purchase if you’re not looking for commitment, and the menu changes every week.

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Free Your Inner Architect

 

From Health magazine

Whether you have little ones in the house or are just a kid at heart, you’ll be inspired by The Gingerbread Architect (Clarkson Potter, October 2008; $22.50). Created by an architect (Susan Matheson) and professional baker (Lauren Chattman), these gingery dwellings are exquisite and delicious. Beginners should try the basic Cape Cod house or Adirondack camp.

 

 


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.

 

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