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Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Spaghetti

This healthy creamy butternut squash spaghetti is amazing. The sauce is do delicious and the texture is like velvet. And… it’s good for your digestive system and your brain!
vegan creamy butternut squash spaghetti

Sometimes when I have a dinner party I figure out what to cook based on color. If I already have planned several dishes, I’ll look at them and decide what other dish would look best alongside them. I am embarrassed to say that this way of dinner planning may have been brought on by the Instagram-like-grid in my head.

I was never a big social media fan, and I started using Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter out of necessity. I wanted my business to grow so I had to grow with it.

Fast forward several years… and I am on my phone waayyyyyyy too much. Instagram is my current favorite. BUT, OMG, get the grid out of my head… please!

I mean, come on, I’m a chef. I’m a healer. Shouldn’t I choose my food based on taste? Ummmm….. nah. Especially when I use these dinner events to recipe test things I have never made before, so I really don’t know if they’ll even be edible.

This beautiful sunshine-yellow Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Spaghetti filled a need for a bright color on my table. And I knew I wanted to try out a new pasta sauce. Two birds, one stone.

Before I finish patting myself on the back, I should tell you that this wasn’t really a risk because one of my favorite sites — The Feed Feed published a recipe for butternut squash spaghetti so I had a great starting place.

I’m a butternut squash lover so I usually have some on hand at this time of year. But a lot of times I’ll make it as an easy side dish: Simple Roasted Butternut Squash. I keep staring at the squash and I can’t decide what to make, so I tend to go back to what I know. But this pasta was calling my name, and I’m so glad I listened.

And, butternut squash is really good for you.  It’s a good fever reducer, it can lessen stomach pain and it can be a comfort during pregnancy when the baby feels like she’s doing acrobatics. It’s also rich in carotenoids and Vitamin B6. This means it’s good for your heart and can help lower bad cholesterol. And, because butternut squash can help reduce inflammation in the body, it benefits almost everyone.

Have I convinced you yet?

vegan creamy butternut squash spaghetti

This Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta is a no-brainer. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s pretty. And it’s great for your digestion: the butternut squash, the sage, the oats (I used oat milk in mine) — each of these ingredients will soothe your digestion. For more help with digestive issues, you can download my free ebook all about healing your digestive system.

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vegan creamy butternut squash spaghetti

Here are some of the awesome healing ingredients in this recipe for Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Spaghetti:

Butternut squash is more than just a delicious vegetable; it’s really good for you. It’s a good fever reducer, it can lessen stomach pain and it can be a comfort during pregnancy when the baby feels like she’s doing acrobatics. It’s also rich in carotenoids and Vitamin B6. This means it’s good for your heart and can help lower bad cholesterol. And, because butternut squash can help reduce inflammation in the body, it benefits almost everyone.

Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!

It really is true that an apple a day is a good thing. Apples help to strengthen your heart. They are also good for your digestion and they can help eliminate mucus when you have a cold. So, the combination of apples and cinnamon together are great for this time of year when everyone seems to be getting sick. Apples have a high antioxidant content, especially Granny Smiths and Red Delicious. This, combined with the fact that they have a lot of healthy fiber, is why apples are good at fighting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and some cancers. They have also been shown to help ward off diabetes, high cholesterol and gallstones.

Oats are great for the digestive system — they make you feel better if you are feeling bloated or have indigestion. This ancient grain can also help reduce some types of swelling in the body and, a little known tidbit: they can be eaten to help stop lactation. I used oat milk in this recipe — feel free to substitute whatever milk makes you happy.

Sage is great for your digestion, especially if you have loose stools. It’s also good for memory loss and for Alzheimer’s.

vegan creamy butternut squash spaghetti

Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Spaghetti
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Recipe type: simple, vegetarian, grain-free option, gluten-free option, nut free
Cuisine: pasta, sauce
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Serves: 8
 
This Healthy Creamy Butternut Squash Spaghetti is simple to make, delicious to eat, and just look how pretty it is! It's the prettiest comfort food ever!
Ingredients
  • 6 Tbs ghee (or can substitute butter)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 lge red onion, chopped
  • 1 red apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3/4 lb butternut squash cubes
  • 3 sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups unsweetened oat milk (can substitute whatever milk you like)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 15 oz dairy-free cheddar cheese, grated or sliced (I used Violife Mature Cheddar Cheese)
  • 1-1/2 lb. spaghetti of choice
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta al dente. NOTE: I have made this recipe with Banza Chickpea Pasta, and also with whole grain sprouted pastas -- both are awesome.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion. Season with salt. Sauce, stirring, 5 mins.
  3. Add the apple, squash, sage, milk, and broth. Cover and simmer 20 mins, or until squash is softened.
  4. Transfer the mixture (in batches) to your blender and whiz it up until very creamy. NOTE: when blending hot liquids it's a good idea to place a clean dish towel over the top of the blender, hold it tightly to the blender canister, and blend like this so the steam can escape and you won't burn yourself.
  5. Transfer the blended mixture back to the pot. Simmer over med-low heat and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
  6. Toss the pasta with the sauce and enjoy!

healthy creamy butternut squash spaghetti

Fig Almond Smoothie

Fig season is my favorite season. This Fig Almond Smoothie makes great use of all of the fresh figs around right now.

Fig Almond Smoothie

Late summer and early fall are fig seasons here in New York City. The farmer’s markets have tons of little baskets filled with purple and green figs. The scent is so sweet and they are absolutely gorgeous. As soon as I see them, I have to have them. So, I buy them. I buy way too many of them.

I bring home my fig baskets and I put them in the fridge. And then I try to think of new ways to use them, new recipes to make, and new ingredients to pair them with.

And all of this is not only because I love to create foods using the figs, but also because if I leave them in the fridge, I will eat them all as-is. All of them. In a matter of hours. So, not only do I need to be creative, but I need to be creative rather quickly.

This year, I’ve discovered the wonder of using figs in smoothies. I’ve always been one to put dates in my smoothies as a means to sweeten them, but it wasn’t until recently that I tried using figs this way.  Well I can tell you with certainty that they give this smoothie a great sweetness and an incredible texture. And they are so pretty as a garnish too!

It’s so important to eat seasonally. Eating with the seasons means you are getting the highest level of nutrients from your food at the most affordable prices. Fruits and vegetables that are in season are reasonably priced, provide the most nutrition, and are less-likely to be tampered with in terms of additives and preservatives. Read this article about what’s in season during late summer and then go wild… like I do with figs.

This is a smoothie that vanilla lovers will go crazy for. For some reason, many of my favorite smoothies are chocolate, but this one is now at the top of my favorites list. I just love the taste of the almonds mixed with the figs. There’s no actual vanilla in it, so maybe it’s one of those illusions — one of those we eat with our eyes things — because this tastes very vanilla to me. Whatever the reason, it is so creamy and so clean tasting and so delicious. And, it’s really good for you!

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Figs are great for your digestion. For more digestive tips, download my free Healthy Digestion ebook now.

Fig Almond Smoothie

Here are some of the amazing healing ingredients in this Fig Almond Smoothie:

Oat milk is the base of this smoothie. Oats are good for lethargy and anemia, can soothe digestion, and can help strengthen your bones. Oats are also good for reducing cholesterol, so they are a heart healthy choice. This ancient grain can also help reduce some types of swelling in the body and, a little known tidbit: they can be eaten to help stop lactation.

I use cauliflower for breads, crusts, rice, smoothies… everything. It can be used in so many forms… and, it’s really good for you. In Chinese medicine we use it to aid in digestion and help with constipation. One of the things I find most amazing about this cruciferous vegetable is it’s ability to help with age-related memory loss (My menopausal friends will appreciate this benefit!). It contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation. So, as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.

Collagen actually heals tissue, it helps to heal your intestinal/gut lining.  Some people who suffer from IBS and other common intestinal issues, have been found to have decreased levels of collagen in their bodies; adding collagen has helped heal these conditions. Collagen strengthens bones and muscles, keeps your joints healthy, improves flexibility and concentration, and helps heal your digestive system. It also keeps you looking youthful.

Figs have the highest amount of calcium of any fruit and are a good source of fiber. They are good for anemia, constipation, indigestion and fever, and they are also good at fighting fatigue and boosting memory retention.

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.

Cinnamon is one of the best herbs to warm the body. It’s great if you have a cold. If you are nauseous or have diarrhea, go for the cinnamon. It also gives you energy and helps with menstrual pain. Cinnamon is a Chinese herb: “gui zhi” is the cinnamon twig and “rou gui” is the cinnamon bark. Both are warming and are used for a variety of ailments. In the winter I add cinnamon to all sorts of foods. It helps with the common cold, swelling, various menstrual issues and some aches and pains. Be careful with it if you have a fever because it is so warming.

Fig Almond Smoothie

If you make this Fig Almond Smoothie  recipe, 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.

Fig Almond Smoothie
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Recipe type: paleo, vegan, vegetarian, grain-free, gluten-free
Cuisine: smoothie, breakfast
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Serves: 1
 
This Fig Almond Smoothie is a great alternative to all those chocolate and green smoothies we love so much. This smoothie is so creamy and light... you'll love it!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat milk (make sure it's gluten-free if you need it to be)
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 3 figs
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • small pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped coconut (or can use coconut cream)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender.
  2. Whiz it up until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a pretty glass.
  4. Enjoy!

Fig Almond Smoothie