(A Little Bit of) Squash Heaven
Here’s the bad news. My weight has been gradually inching in the wrong direction (along with my hips!) even though my thyroid is fine and I’m tracking my food, staying within plan, and exercising 3-5 days a week.
So, yesterday at the WW weigh-in, I brought in my food tracker so the leader could see that I was a faithful dieter who should be losing weight. The diagnosis? Too many carbs among the fruit, cereal, and baked goods that I ate.
Some people, the leader said, can’t throw off carbs easily, adding that she was one of them and I was clearly another. I can’t print here what I thought about that (several not-nice words came to mind.). But I clearly need a carb-rev-up button. Is there anyone else out there who considers their body Enemy Numero Uno?
The solution = vegetables, vegetables, and more vegetables.
The creative wheels began to turn, and I remembered those Spiced Sweet Potato Rounds. Why not add that wonderful spice blend to cooked, mashed winter squash instead? The result was a vegetable
- Lower in calories/carbs than sweet potatoes
- As filling as sweet potatoes
- Equally delicious!
Voilà! (A Little Bit of) Squash Heaven. Truly.
Yours in the uphill climb,
P.S. Re the photo: I was trying for a sprinkled paprika topping, but got a little carried away.
Note: You can use any winter squash in this recipe. I used buttercup squash.
- 2-3 cups winter squash, cooked and mashed
- 1½ tbsp. brown sugar (I used Splenda’s Brown Sugar Blend.)
- ½ tsp. salt (Use kosher salt if you have it.)
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ½ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- In a small bowl, mix spices sweetener, salt, and spices together.
- Put squash in a larger bowl and add spice mixture.
- Mix well. (I ended up using my hands; it was a Play-Doh moment.)
- Warm in microwave if necessary.
For Weight Watchers: The only item in this recipe with any value points is the sweetener. The entire recipe has 1.5 points for regular sugar and .75 points with the Splenda version.