Autumn Salad

(Gluten-free, Vegetarian) + Video 🙂

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of Mixed greens
  • 1/4th cup of pomegranate
  • 1 acorn squash
  • Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt or himalayan salt
  • 1/4th cup of goat cheese

Dressing:

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/4th cup of olive oil

Directions 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the Acorn squash in half, deseed, and cut into half moons
  3. Use your hands to evenly coat the Acorn with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt
  4. Place in the oven and roast for 2o-25 minutes flipping over after 10-15 minutes
  5. While the squash is roasting prepare the dressing by combining juice from 1 large lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil
  6. Using your hands massage a thin layer of the dressing on the 4 cups of mixed greens
  7. Cut the pomegranate and add 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds to the mixed greens
  8. Using your hands break up 1/4th  cup of goat cheese into small crumbles and add to the bowl
  9. Add a few pieces of the roasted Acorn squash and add more dressing to your liking

 

Tips:

  • For added paleo-protein this salad pairs well with pan seared salmon or grilled chicken breast.
  • For added vegetarian-protein this salad pairs well with quinoa

 

I love fall/winter time for many reasons, and one of them is more winter squash recipes. They’re subtle sweetness is perfect for almost any meal. We often forget the healing properties of food and the amazing benefits they pack. Acorn squash contains a number of vitamins and minerals, 1/2 a cup includes 20% of your daily calcium recommendation, 13% potassium, and 11% of magnesium. So think healthy muscles, bones, and immune support!

By now everyone knows how important fiber is, but are you getting enough? 1/2 a cup contains about 5 grams of fiber. Current research suggest that a diet containing fiber-rich foods could help prevent stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and gastrointestinal disorders. (1)

But, Acorn’s real secret power is in it’s beta-carotene content. Winter squash are some of best sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene. You can think of antioxidant’s as your cells and DNA’s body guards. Beta-carotene is fat soluble so works well with a healthy fat for absorption. (2)

Root vegetables are a good alternative to those that may be following an Autoimmune protocol or have digestive issues that eliminate the consumption of grains. Keep in mind that winter squashes are still high in carbohydrates, so you may want to limit your intake to 1-2 servings a day if you are trying to lose wait or manage diabetes, but you should definitely work with a nutritionist to learn what is best for you. (3)

 

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