I love fall. It is the time of year you truly appreciate the beauty of nature; the spectrum of colors in contrast with the brilliant blue sky, as the leaves depart their trees to form a mesmerizing bundle of color on the ground. It is the time of year running is the most enjoyable; the temperatures are pleasant, the sun is shining, and after the humidity in the summer finally leaves, it is easy to breathe.
Last year while I was at home during Christmas break, I decided to make this Butternut Squash Lasagna for my family. My dad offered to help cook, but went on to complain THE ENTIRE time we were making it; “there’s no meat in this”, “there are too many vegetables”, “this is taking too long” What a moaner! 😉
As I placed the Lasagna on the table with my looking mighty fine for a hearty dinner, we it waited for judgment. My family looked at the Lasagna with skepticism. As the first mouthfuls went down, I watched for their body language changes (all those hours of watching Lie to Me had to come in handy somehow right?) I knew they would all say “lovely” even if they didn’t enjoy it (family loves you after all). A wide smile crept across my face as they registered surprise, followed by satisfaction. Everyone LOVED IT, helping themselves to seconds, and my sister who devoured the leftovers the next day was surprised to find out it wasn’t from a store!
Long story short; that butternut squash lasagna was delicious, and I made some modifications to make it even better AND healthier. This is one of my favorite meals of the year, I definitely recommend you try it!
UPDATE- I have even since improved this recipe further, check out my Butternut Squash Lasagna 2.0!
- Butternut squash is known for its regulation of blood sugar to prevent crashes before bedtime, but it is also given a badge of merit for helping you get your A, B, Cs…..vitamins that is!
- Cottage cheese gives an admirable 4g of protein per serving, along with a good boost of calcium and Vitamin D
- Spinach is a superfood that does it all;regulates digestion, reduces inflammation, promotes healthy vision, skin health, nervous system health, and it is a great source of iron to prevent anemia
- Mozzarella and Parmesan both bring you close to your recommended intake of bone strengthening calcium, and add lots of filling protein to this meatless dish
- Paprika is packed with more than 100% of your daily Vitamin A requirements, and helps with healthy cell development