This nourishing & macro-nutrient meal contains a healthy array of wonderful complex carbs & plant protein.
- 1 Butternut squash
- 2-3 sweet potatoes
- 1 head cauliflower
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 onions chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 Tsp lemongrass paste
- ½ cup vegetable stock
- 2 tins coconut milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 4 tsp cumin (to your preferred taste)
- 1 tsp of paprika (to your preferred taste)
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- Coriander, parsley, chilli flakes with pistachios to garnish (all optional depending on preference.)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Peel & chop the butternut squash & sweet potatoes & cut the cauliflower into florets. Place them on an oven tray with a pinch of salt & a sprinkle of cumin & paprika & drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to make sure the vegetables are fully coated in all the herbs & put the tray in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until golden. Mix half way through for even results.
- While the vegetables are in the oven, heat some coconut oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion & minced garlic & sweat over a low heat. This could take up to 15 minutes.
- Take the vegetables out of the oven & add to the pan, coating in the oil & paste, then add the coconut milk, stock, lemongrass, cumin, turmeric, & salt & pepper. Mix well & leave to simmer for around an hour, stirring often to stop it sticking.
- Once ready, garnish with fresh coriander, parsley, chilli flakes & pistachios, serve with brown rice & additional vegetables of your choice.
Butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fibre & significant amount of potassium which is important for bone health & vitamin B6 which is essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous & immune system. It also contains a good supply of vitamin C. It’s rich orange colour means that it contains plenty of antioxidants & carotenenoids which help fight off free radicals in your body. It also contains a rich source of vitamin A, which your body absorbs better from foods rather than taking a vitamin A supplement which can be toxic on the body.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A & C, manganese, copper & B vitamins. They are naturally rich in dietary fibre & recent research suggests that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels, they are high in antioxidants, boosts brain function, enhances immunity, promotes healthy vision & aids in weight loss.
Cauliflower contains a rich supply of health promoting phytochemicals & a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds.
Fresh garlic not only adds wonderful flavour to this dish, but is packed with microbial properties & vital nutrients, flavonoids.
The herbs & spices used in this dish have many wonderful antibacterial & immune boosting properties.
This dish is purely plant based & wonderfully satisfying & nourishing benefiting from seasonal vegetables, which will boost & protect your immune system.