Squash Risotto: Squeeze more squash into your diet

It’s that time of the year again when most of us overindulge in pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin this, pumpkin that; it’s enough to make your head spin. Pause, take a break, and breathe. And while doing so, check out this deliciously indulgent recipe. I promise, you do not have to peel or chop a single pumpkin or squash, unless you want to, in which case, knock yourself out. You can never have too many veggies; the more the merrier. 

There are many versions of risotto. You can pick and choose whichever flavor profile suits your palate. I haven’t used saffron in a while, so I took the opportunity to add it to this straightforward recipe to upgrade the nutritional profile, as well as boost the flavor; after all, variety is the spice of life. 


Saffron goes well with turmeric, another powerful and wonderfully potent spice. If you’re unfamiliar with saffron, sometimes referred to as ‘golden saffron,’ there’s no need to fear the unknown. Take a pinch of saffron and grind the shreds with a pestle and mortar, then add a few tablespoons of water, let it sit for five minutes, and watch the magic unfold. The shreds will turn the water a vibrant orange color. Pour this liquid over your rice, and let it cook as normal. The vibrant orange color of this spice will elevate any rice dish into something truly special.


The same can be said for the subtly sweet and delicate flavor of Dr. Cowan’s Winter Squash Powder, made from a variety of heirloom squash: Waltham Butternut, Red Curry, Blue Hubbard, and Honeynut.  Include Winter Squash in your diet to fuel your body with anti-inflammatory omega fats, dietary fiber, and antioxidants such as carotenoids. Did you know that no single food provides a greater percentage of certain carotenoids than Winter Squash? Now that you’re armed with a little more information, you can make wiser choices in the kitchen.  Also, the next time you’re faced with the what’s-for-dinner question, you can whip out this deliciously simple recipe and execute it with finesse. Bon appétit.

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