Butternut Squash and Kale Bowl
words | Gabriela Rodiles
Even though fall may make you think of pumpkin pie and apple cider donuts, it is one of the easiest seasons to eat healthy. Squash, root vegetables and gorgeous produce line the isles of grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
While these upcoming months are centered on celebration with sweet treats and indulgent snacks, healthy eating during the holiday season is all about balance. It would be a little extreme (and no fun!) to say no to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and peppermint bark in December. On my blog, Gourmet Gab, I focus on moderation. While I make an effort to eat healthy meals most of the time, I believe it’s okay to savor desserts or treat, especially during the holidays.
Nourishing bowls like this Butternut Squash and Kale Bowl help me feel like I’m adding lots of goodness back into my body to balance sugary treats. This bowl is loaded with simple seasonal flavors and topped with a fried egg for protein and that gorgeous yellow yolk. Speaking of color, how about that sautéed kale and roasted butternut squash? Paired with the sliced pear, sweet and spicy walnuts, a little goat cheese, and a maple balsamic dressing – this healthy bowl tastes and feels like fall.
This “recipe” doesn’t really have to be structured. While the rice or quinoa is cooking, sauté kale on the stove and toss cubed butternut squash in the oven with some extra virgin olive oil, salt pepper and herbs. Slice up a ripe pear, chop the sweet and spicy pecans, crumble some goat cheese and shake up the vinaigrette. Fry up an egg, assemble the bowl while it’s cooking and top it off with the freshly cooked egg. Done deal!
I am a big advocate for cooking with whatever you have on hand, so feel free to swap out anything you prefer or happen to have in your kitchen. Also, this bowl would make an amazing packed lunch, minus the egg. Whip up extras of this for a fall-inspired school lunch and maybe even add some chicken in instead of the egg to help keep you feeling full! If you need more ideas for healthy recipes or holiday treats, visit my personal food blog, Gourmet Gab.