Remember a few weeks back when I told you about my plan to slow down for the last few months of 2011 and get my priorities straightened out? Well, I've done some thinking, some meditating, and some soul searching and I've decided that it is time to go back to school and become certified as a holistic health coach.
For those of you who don't know anything about my background, I have a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Washington and I graduated with my MA in Organizational Development from Antioch University. In my time at Antioch, I focused my studies on life and executive coaching, organizational wellness, and came to realize my intense passion for food (thus, starting this blog). The next step in my life will involve strenghtening my coaching style, starting my own practice, and diving even more into the world of nutrition, health, and wellness. If all goes as planned, I will begin working with clients later in 2012 and graduating in January 2013. Let me tell you... I couldn't be more excited!
I also couldn't be more excited to tell you about these little squash. These little delicata squash are not only tasty, but they are super adorable. The prep is incredibly simple: slice them open, scoop out the seeds, and roast. They don't need much else - just a little oil, salt, and pepper will do the trick. And, when they are roasted just right, the skins are tender and absolutely delicious. Serve these up as finger food at your next holiday gathering or add some lentils and greens and make a meal out of 'em. You won't be disappointed.
And, if you haven't already entered my Hurraw! Balm giveaway, please be sure to do before Saturday, December 3rd at 4 pm Pacific Time.
Roasted Delicata Squash
Oil for roasting (any oil that can tolerate high heat will work: avocado, almond, canola, grapeseed, or safflower are all great.)Freshly-ground sea salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice squash open lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Coat with a little oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a sheet pan (with the insides facing up) and roast for about 20 - 40 minutes, until tender. (Squash vary in size so the amount of cooking time will depend on how big your squash is.) You can tell when you squash is done when it can easily be pierced through with a fork. Serve warm from the oven.