Winter squash with onions and rice

I had a chance to grab some winter squash which I know is good for you if only because it is orange in color inside. The orange color means it is anticarcinogenic, according to what I have read.

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I know the outer skin is tough to cut, but I decided I was going to try and create a tasty and healthy meal with it as a challenge. It wasn’t too expensive and it was a change from the green vegetables I usually eat so I started finding recipes online to work with, and create my own.

One of the recipe’s I found said that you can boil the squash to make the skins tender, then scrape out the meat once it’s cool.

I grabbed these winter squash’s and began cutting them in half to put in a large pot of hot water on the stove. I cut with a sawing motion and smaller knife, eventually pulling them open with a small hammer and a screw driver. They cracked open. Once in half I scraped out the seeds, and placed them in salted water to boil on the stove. After about 40 minutes they were tender enough to drain in a large food strainer under cold water. Then I scraped out the meat of the squash after they were cool enough to touch and it left a soft pile of orange tender squash meat.

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I wanted to add some stuff to make it tasty enough to eat every day, to use as left overs to take in small plastic containers for my lunch. It was a process. I made the rice and added quinoa which takes about 20 minutes to cook with the lid on, and the pan left on low. If you time the rice and the quinoa for how long each has to cook, respectively, you can add them both to a large covered pot. I always add butter, salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric, veggie bullion and some dried parsley for looks.

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Then I used a saucepan and cooked sliced mushrooms, onions in coconut oil, with more garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and turmeric that I get at any store. I added a ground beef and sausage combination I got from the store, to taste up the meal.

It was a lot, I know, and probably much more than people are willing to cook for a meal at home. I just wanted to show you some ideas I have had in cooking with items I usually don’t buy. I also want to use squash more often. Next time I may experiment with some kind of oven-cooked winter squash, with the bottom cut off so it’s flat on the bottom. Then I would stuff the inside with cooked rice, coconut oil, and top it with walnut bits.

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squash-mealHere is my final dish with the following:  winter squash, rice and quinoa, mushrooms, onions, and ground beef with ground sausage.

It’s tasty, and surprisingly healthy using coconut oil with spices making it tasty. I did not use butter but the flavor was fantastic, especially since the ground sausage had it’s own juicy flavor with the beef.

Salt and pepper makes the flavors pop.  I use sea salt.  Every little bit of trying to use minerals and vitamins help the thyroid heal.  

I hope you become inspired to try your own squash recipes and maybe use cinnamon and nutmeg with melted butter in some concoction using acorn squash, or some other squash you’d like to experiment with.

Eating Healthy

Natural-Healing

I’m always looking for ways to increase my energy, look better, feel better and just feel better about myself, overall.  I read the bible every day and study the scripture making note of passages referring to good health, by believing in Jesus.  

My research has gotten me to a better state of health without using medications for my low thyroid that were initially prescribed but were not working several years ago.

The internet has made it especially great in that we can research and read other people’s opinions, research and test results online, so that we can rely on ourselves as a better way to take care of our health than doctors.  I believe medical schools just teach prescriptive medicine and surgery, but little to none is ever said about eating healthy foods and exercising in ways that best suit our bodies.

Changes I’ve made to my food intake includes using coconut oil, and sometimes olive oil.  I’ve learned that coconut oil provides benefits to brain functioning, heart health, better skin, increased energy, mood and weight loss (due to feeling in a better mood, reducing emotional eating).  It prevents cancer, reduces inflammation and arthritis, helps immunity of the body, improves digestion and provides a host of additional benefits to the body.

My quest for healing my body naturally does not stop there; God is part and parcel of my eating correctly, cutting out bad foods and cooking up tasty recipes in my everyday life with what I have in the cupboard and refrigerator.  Today was my day to use up what I had in the fridge and so I had a pan of bacon and zucchini fried in coconut oil, and added the spices that I have found to be healthful: turmeric, pepper, parsley, garlic power and oregano.  I have to buy sea salt to get rid of the table salt I have been using which I’ve learned is stripped of minerals.  Sea salt is better because it provides the trace elements our body needs.

I found an article that claims that table salt can cause thyroid dysfunction, which is of particular significance to me since I have had this dysfunction for years.

bible 1Here are verses to get you started in case you want to add some bible verses into your daily routine.  I pray on these each day and have found them beneficial to my daily routine.  I trust the Lord for my daily needs, including taking care of my health.

(Psalms 103:2-6) Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: {3} Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, {4} Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, {5} Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. {6} The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

(Proverbs 16:23-24) The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. {24} Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

(Proverbs 3:5-8) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; {6} In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. {7} Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. {8} It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Sources:  

Health Remedies JournalDr. AxeHealthwyze; Mayo Clinic; Dr. Axe (salt).

Bible Healing Verses

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