This is really simple to cook. You can this on a Sunday afternoon so that you can come home on a cold Monday evening, and curl up with a bowl of goodness. Add whatever greens you prefer. I love cavolo nero and broccoli in this recipe.
Nutrition benefits:
Squash is a powerhouse of nutrition. The yellowy/orange flesh of the squash is packed full of carotenoids such as beta carotene. These are responsible for the brightly coloured pigments in plant foods such as tomatoes. They have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Carotenoids can also enhance eye and prostate health. Squash is also full of B vitamins and fibre.

butternut-squash

Miso paste is rich in amino acids which are essential for protein. It’s also high in magnesium, calcium and folate and is a rich source of isoflavones which are beneficial for hormone balancing.

 

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 red onions, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons of miso paste

2 x 400g cannellini beans

1 x large butternut squash, de-seeded and diced with the skin on

1 x litre of vegetable stock (Bouillon is good)
Bunch of Cavolo Nero, roughly chopped
Broccoli head cut into small florets
Sea salt and black pepper
To make

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook gently for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the miso paste, beans and chopped squash.
  3. Add a little of the vegetable stock and bring to a gentle simmer. As the stock reduces, keep ladling in more stock so it doesn’t dry out. The starch from the beans will ensure the stew has texture.
  4. After 30 mins or so, the squash should be tender and cooked. Prick with a fork to test. There should be enough liquid still in the pan.
  5. Add the greens (Cavolo Nero and Broccoli) and allow them to cook gently for about 5 minutes until tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle curry straight into serving bowls and enjoy.

Written by Daniela Barbaglia – Dip NT mBANT – Nutritional Therapist

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