Mother Nature has made it so that as the leaves change colors to oranges and golds, the food that is in season is of the same colors – in winter squashes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. These fall and winter vegetables are filled with antioxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin A and phytonutrients.
Carrots are high in fiber, and, although they are sweet, they help stabilize your blood sugar. The rich carotenoid content of carrots helps prevent oxidative damage inside our body, and works synergistically with the carrot polyacetylenes, to prevent oxidative damage for the outer parts of our body, too.
Acorn Squash was initially used by Native Americans and has been shown to boost the immune system. For your fertility optimization, it also protects the skin, strengthens bones, reduces blood pressure, maintains fluid balance, regulates blood sugar and cholesterol, and maintains proper circulation.
Carrots and squash should be a main component of your fall and winter healthy fertility pantry! Here are two easy recipes for your enjoyment:
CARROT FRITTERS WITH CHIPOTLE
2 cups grated carrots
1/3 c grated cheddar
¼ c scallions, sliced
1 canned chipotles in adobo, minced
¼ c finely ground corn meal
½ tsp. salt, or more to taste
¼ tsp. pepper, or more to taste
¼ tsp. cayenne, if desired
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use ¼ c of mixture per fritters and fry a few minutes of each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Place on paper towels to drain and place in very low oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
Serve with yogurt or sour cream.
BAKED WINTER SQUASH
Cut the winter squash in half; bake with the seeds remaining in the squash, as they provide additional nutrients.
Put olive oil on the halved pieces, as well as the baking sheet and place cut side down onto the baking sheet.
Bake at 350 until a fork placed into the squash is met with no resistance.
Remove seeds prior to eating.
May be served with ghee and sesame seeds or butter and salt.
OPTIONS FOR FILLING
Squash is a blank canvas to add many different fillings. Here are a few possibilities:
Sauté half an onion or leek in 2 tbsp. olive oil for a few minutes. Add chopped garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and cook for 3 minutes. Add chopped Italian parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Place inside squash and enjoy.
Sauté half an onion or leek in 2 tbsp. olive oil for a few minutes. Add chopped garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup cooked rice, ½ cup almonds, walnuts or pinenuts, ½ c grated Parmesan cheese, chopped Italian parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Place inside squash and enjoy.