Trade Your Pumpkin For Squash This Thanksgiving with this Squash Pie Recipe.
Thank goodness for Thanksgiving. The holiday which brings everyone together for a fantastically decadent meal that famously sends us all into a “food coma” by sundown. If only we were able to indulge without all the guilt! Well, thanks to True Food Kitchen there’s hope.
The unique restaurant, known for serving up scrumptious cuisine healthfully prepared under the watchful eye of Dr Andrew Weil, has come up with a pumpkin pie alternative that’s rich in disease preventing antioxidant Vitamin A and anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s. Made with the natural sweetness of squash, you won’t mind allowing yourself – or your kids – to grab a second helping.
True Food Kitchen Squash Pie Recipe
*Prep Time: 30 min/ Bake Time 1HR/ Inactive: overnight
**Serves 2 pies
2 packages of graham crackers, crushed (use health store brand)
4 Tbl sesame tahini
1 Tbl grape seed oil
5 Tbl maple syrup
1 Tbl water
1 cup sugar (1/2 lt brown, 1/2 white)
6 cups pureed squash
3/4 Tsp ground ginger
4 1/2 Tbl arrowroot powder
1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
4 Tbl Brandy
3/8 Tsp ground cloves
1 1/8 Tsp salt
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
dash of nutmeg if desired
Bake a whole winter squash (Butternut, Buttercup, Hubbard, Tahitian etc) at 375 until soft enough to pierce easily with a toothpick. cool and cut in half. Remove seeds, scoop out flesh. Mash and measure out 6 cups. Blend well. Press into oiled pie pans.
Blend filling ingredients well in mixer and pour into crusts. Bake at 400 for 50-60 minutes until browned and set. Cool. Chill overnight in fridge. Serve cold or cool.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elise Edwards began her career writing, producing and reporting for CNN. She later served as the Supervising Producer of E! Networks, “The Daily 10″ and has most recently been freelance writing for websites and magazines including LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential, JustLuxe, and San Diego Family. She lives with her husband, two children (ages 3 and 4), and Tibetan Terrier in beautiful Santa Monica, CA where she enjoys days at the beach, long walks along Montana Ave and writing for her parenting blog, LuxeAngelesMom.com. Follow her on Twitter @luxeangelesmom