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Fitness Instructor, triathlete, OCRer, backpacker, yogini, and vegan foodie to keep me energetic.

Crockpot Squash + Grains

November 11, 2016

Sometimes I want something warm, spiced well, with minimal effort.

Most of the time that means anything I can throw into my crockpot in the morning when I'm half coherent.

This is a great example of that kind of recipe. I happened to have onion chopped up in the fridge, and everything else was easy to grab and throw in. It's warm and, with all the fiber, very filling. Perfect for after a rainy run or just to have on the couch under blankets.

Let's crock! I mean, cook!

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1/2 butternut squash (or bag, frozen)

  • 1 cup broth

  • ½ cup uncooked rice (I used wildrice blend)

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 4 cloves minced garlic ( or 3tsp powder)

  • 1T thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Optional

 

  • 2 cups spinach or 1 cup kale

  • Top with hemp seeds (I use North Coast Naturals Hemp Seeds)

 

Step 1: Throw all ingredients in crock pot. On low. For like.. idk.. 6 hours. Sure, let’s go with 6.

 

Step 2: Stir in optional kale or spinach, scoop into bowl, top with hemp seeds

 

Step 3: Eat. And make someone else clean up because effort.

 

 

I say these two things are optional because you don’t HAVE to, but they both pose incredible health benefits. We all hear about kale and spinach, but what about hemp hearts/seeds?

Hemp seeds have…

 

  • gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which helps naturally balance hormones

  • complete protein (ie all 20 amino acids. Yes. 20.)

  • the perfect 3:1 balance of omegas (did you know there was a proper balance to those? Yeah. Cray.) This helps with arthritis and joint health, by the way.

  • High in fiber

  • Great source of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E.

If you don't like the idea of them in this recipe, consider tossing them in your smoothies!

Go forth and eat all the noms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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