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My “Steamy” Food Video #1: Kabocha Squash

Posted on November 03 2013 | (0) Comments
Category:Easy Raw Meals

I’m a raw food fancier, not a fanatic.  So while my diet consists almost exclusively of raw fruits, veggies, seeds, and the like, I do enjoy adding a few healthy cooked foods to my plate when the mercury starts to drop, including delicious Steamed Kabocha Squash.

Kabocha squash is known as a Japanese pumpkin.  But you won’t be carving up this beauty for Halloween.  Instead, I recommend that you steam this starchy vegetable for a warm, comforting dish that's filled with nutrition and tons of sweet flavor.

Raw Food Favorite – Kabocha Squash

Most people who are familiar with butternut squash, summer squash, and zucchini, may have never heard of Kabocha squash.  That’s a shame because it’s delicious and so good for you!

As you might guess from its bright orange flesh, Kabocha squash is high in beta carotene.  It’s low-cal, too.  A third of a cup of Kabocha squash is only 30 calories, but it provides 30% of your RDA of vitamin C and 70% of your RDA of vitamin A.

The beauty of the Kabocha is that it is such a ‘sturdy’ veggie, it holds up to a little gentle cooking without being stripped of its nutrients.  That makes it a perfect choice for cooler weather when your body may be craving something warm.

It's also high in dietary fiber, especially if you eat the skin, which turns soft when cooked steamed.

Don’t Drown It, Enhance It

As I wrote earlier, the flavor of Kabocha is delightful.  You don’t have to drown it in butter or sugar or use processed flavorings to make it taste good.  As I demonstrate, you can use pure, healthful ingredients such as lemon juice, fresh and dried herbs, olive oil, and salt to bring out the natural flavor of Kabocha.

One reason Kabocha squash is such a time-saver is that it doesn't need to be peeled. I show you how to cut through the tough outer skin efficiently, seed it, and chunk it prior to cooking.

Kabocha is wonderful combined with other veggies.  I’ve got some special tips for you on adding complimentary ingredients midway through the steaming process so that they don't over-cook.  Be sure to watch the whole video!

What do you do to warm up on a cold winter’s day?  Take a hot bath?  Drink a hot cup of tea?  I’d love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments section.

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