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Sauteed Squash Blossoms

sauteed squash blossoms

Before this season, I had never cooked squash blossoms before. I’ve eaten them, but not cooked them. I think the delicate nature of them had me in a kind of awe. They are so pretty, and so dainty that you can almost see through them. But after making these sautéed squash blossoms, I will be buying them each and every time I see them.

I was at my local farmers’ market when I finally jumped in and bought these beauties. There were so many containers of these gorgeous yellow-orange flowers. They were stacked up in a big floral mountain. It was like a country meadow. They were calling me name.

It’s such a short season for these blossoms, that I recommend that if you see them, you buy them. Don’t make the mistake I made of waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Ugh… so much lost time…

Oh, and the lovely vendor talked to me a lot about how to cook them.

And all of a sudden, my zucchini/squash blossoms phobia went away.

Squash blossoms (a.k.a. zucchini blossoms) are awesome. And easy to cook. Yup, I can say that now. I think everyone should try them. Often, when you see them on restaurant menus, they are stuffed with cheese. But, when you make them yourself, you can sauté them simply like I did here. This way, you can enjoy them for the healthy, simple, beautiful vegetable that they are. Yes, you just have to make these sautéed squash blossoms. No ifs, ands or buts… it’s a must.

I mixed my sautéed squash blossoms into a big bowl of grain-free pasta the last time I had them. I’ve also spread them out on a cheese-less pizza. OMG… these things are so good!

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If you are looking for another easy vegetable dish, try my recipe for Sesame Green Beans.

sauteed squash blossoms

Here’s why these sautéed squash blossoms are good for you:

Squash blossoms (or zucchini blossoms) are high in Vitamin C, calcium and iron. One cup has only 5 calories.

Grass-fed butter is a great source of healthy fat. It contains no carbohydrates, and it can actually help regulate your blood sugar. The nutrients in grass-fed butter are so much higher than those found in butter that comes from the milk of grain-fed cows.

Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….

Sea salt contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, and iodine — all minerals that are necessary for a healthy body. Himalayan sea salt is good for your bones, sleep, libido, muscles, and heart.

sauteed squash blossoms

If you make these Sautéed Squash Blossoms, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.

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Sauteed Squash Blossoms
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Recipe type: vegetables, side dish, simple
Cuisine: vegetarian, seasonal
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Serves: 3
 
Squash blossoms are awesome! If you've never had them, buy them now. This recipe takes 5 minutes to prepare... and then you can mix them into pasta or top your pizza with them!
Ingredients
  • 10 - 15 organic squash/zucchini blossoms
  • 1 Tbs grass-fed butter
  • 1 smashed garlic clove
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Gently spread the petals of each blossom, and rinse out each one, making sure no bugs are hidden inside.
  2. Heat the butter in a large saute pan. When it's melted, add the garlic clove and stir it around for about 30 seconds.
  3. Gently place as many blossoms as will fit in a single layer in the pan. After about 10 seconds, flip them over. Only leave them on the second side for about 10 more seconds. Repeat with remaining blossoms.
  4. Stir some sautéed blossoms into a bowl of hot grain-free pasta, or top your pizza with them.
  5. Enjoy!

sauteed squash blossoms

Bulletproof Coffee Sweetened With Dates

Bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates may be just the thing you need to start your day…

bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates

Full disclosure: I am not a coffee drinker. Well, I am not a caffeinated coffee drinker. When I was in college (a lifetime ago), I remember drinking 6 cups of coffee a day. But since I discovered that caffeine is something I don’t tolerate well (or, really, at all…), I stopped cold turkey. But I’ve always loved the taste and the smell of coffee so when I want a treat, I’ll grab a good cup of decaf.

A few years ago, when I first learned about Bulletproof Coffee from the amazingly knowledgeable Dave Asprey, all I wanted to do was try it. I started making it for Steve and for others who could actually tolerate caffeine and I found people were really reaping some great benefits.

I kept hearing about increases in energy, appetite suppression, amazing focus and clarity, and I was so envious!

So, I went on a mission to figure out if I would be able to gain some of those benefits if I made my bulletproof coffee with decaf. And, I recently found out that I can! Yay! I’ve been using Dave’s Brain Octane (see recipe below for where you can buy it) and grass-fed butter and organic decaf coffee beans. And, oh my… it’s really just awesome. It keeps me energized, focused, and feeling great until I’m ready to have a healthy lunch many hours later.

In my version of this coffee, I’ve added a few dates to the blender and let me just say, the flavor is amazing!

You probably already know that I am a smoothie fiend on most mornings, but variety is the spice of life…

I recommend jumping on the bulletproof coffee bandwagon!

For those days when you want a kickstart to your day without the coffee, try my recipe for Matcha Chia Pudding.

bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates

Here are a few great healing facts about this bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates recipe:

Coffee is a diuretic and is good for constipation. It’s also good for memory and focus.

Coconut oil is awesome. In Asian medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. And perhaps most importantly, it helps you keep your mind sharp and it makes it easier for you to focus. Dave Asprey’s Brain Octane is pure, concentrated form of coconut oil. I have used regular organic coconut oil and I’ve used Brain Octane. I like both, but I’ve been giving Dave’s oil a try lately. According to Dave, Brain Octane helps your body burn fat more easily and is better for your brain. So, far, so good for me!

Grass-fed butter is good for you! Butter from grass-fed cows is higher in Omega-3s and vitamin K2, than butter from grain-fed cows. Grass-fed butter contains the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) — this has actually been shown to help with weight loss. I know many people are worried about cholesterol, but there is a lot of research now to show there is no link between cholesterol and heart disease. I’m a butter lover, in moderation, but I only eat grass-fed butter!

Dates are rich in potassium, dietary fiber and tannins. Fiber is good for your gut and tannins help the body fight inflammation and infection. Dates are also rich in vitamin A and iron. The most amazing thing about dates is that they can be used to replace sugar in almost anything. I stopped using sweetened protein powders in my smoothies and now I use unsweetened ones but I add a few dates.

bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates

Bulletproof Coffee (Sweetened With Dates)
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Recipe type: beverage, coffee
Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 2
 
I've officially jumped on the bulletproof coffee bandwagon! This is bulletproof coffee my way -- blended with dates. It's delicious and healing!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups freshly brewed coffee (regular or decaf)
  • 2-tsp to 2-Tbs (start small and increase) organic coconut oil or Brain Octane (here's where to get Brain Octane)
  • 2-tsp to 2-Tbs grass-fed butter or ghee (again, start small and increase)
  • 2 dates
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend until frothy and smooth.
  3. Drink in the morning and enjoy!

bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates