Now I'll be racking my brain to come up with varied and clever ways to put the bounty to good use. I would love to hear your ideas!
- I have visions of a squash and coconut soup with green chilis and purple potatoes.
- A squash coconut curry sounds nice, too. With chicken!
- Roasted squash with olive oil, rosemary, hot pepper flakes and brown sugar like they make at Whole Foods.
- Canned squash for later.
- Baked squash with brown sugar, cinnamon and coconut oil.
- Some wicked garlic squash shredded like hashbrowns.
- I'd like to turn at least one of the pumpkins into a casserole with sausage, mushrooms, onions and nuts. I'm going to bake that one in the shell :) Maybe for Turkey Day?
- Another pumpkin will be soup that tastes like pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, coconut milk, nutmeg, clove, ginger and just a bit of extra sweetness.
- Spaghetti squash like spaghetti! Mmm, with buffalo sausage, oregano, mushrooms and onions.
Pumpkins and Squash are sweet foods, and Traditional Chinese Medicine has a lot to teach us about the flavors and energetics of foods. Loosely quoted ~ "Sweet flavors are associated with Earth in TCM, and they have influence over Stomach and Spleen Networks. Sweet has Yang qualities. Sweet flavored foods are warming, strengthening, harmonizing, relaxing and moistening. These foods strengthen Spleen Chi, and help with acute weakness. They also nourish body fluids, relieve inner tension and stabilize one's inner center." To help warm the Stomach when eating energetically sweet foods, use a warming cooking method like roasting, baking, adding warming spices, frying or grilling.
*Source ~ Chinese Nutrition Therapy by Joerg Kastner, M.D. L.Ac.
I could have rested in that field all day, but work and dogs were calling. The sadness of Fall was profound, but so was the gratitude that I feel for the harvest and knowing that I will have good food to see me through the winter.