Christmas In A Bowl

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The two-week countdown to Christmas has begun and yet I can’t bring myself to believe it. To say this year has gone fast would be an understatement. With work deadlines looming and a serious case of the flu getting the better of me, I decided it was time to get into the festive spirit.

My first attempt was by creating this warm and filling dish that perfectly satisfies a sweet tooth, whilst giving you loads of vitamins and minerals at the same time. Plus, it tastes quite literally like Christmas in a bowl.

Ingredients: (serves 1)

  • ½ butternut squash
  • ½ courgette
  • A drizzle of rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cranberry juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp paprika

Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds and cut it into chunks. Warning: this is harder than it sounds and requires some serious elbow grease! Place the chunks on a baking tray, drizzle with rapeseed oil and put in the oven for 30 minutes on 180°, or until cooked through.

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While waiting, cut the courgette into similarly sized chunks. Then toast the pine nuts by putting them in a pan on a low heat for about 3 minutes, stirring to ensure they do not burn.

When the butternut squash is cooked, put the chunks in a pan on a low heat with a drizzle of rapeseed oil. Add the courgettes, flipping them over after 2 minutes to ensure they are cooked through on both sides. Then add the pine nuts and cranberries.

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In a separate pan, add the maple syrup, cranberry juice, paprika and cinnamon and mix together. After heating for a couple of minutes, pour the mixture onto your vegetables, making sure they are fully covered in the liquid.

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Take the mixture off the heat after 3 minutes, making sure the vegetables don’t burn, and place into a bowl. The added spinach is entirely for decorative purposes.

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This dish is super sweet and seriously deliciously! It’s bound to bring out your festive spirit.

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If for some strange reason my first attempt fails, whip out your best (or worst) Christmas jumper and put on Love Actually.

Enjoy!

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Low FODMAP│IBS│Low Lactose│Low Gluten│Low Fructose

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