I’m honored to be a contributor and participant in Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules‘ October Unprocessed Challenge. Each October, Andrew challenges you to get more informed about what you’re eating, and, if couldn’t be made in a home kitchen, skip heavily processed foods for a month. All month long, other great bloggers are posting recipes and information about eating unprocessed. Please join the challenge and feel the difference cutting out processed foods can have on your health.
My grocery shopping used to consist of buying lots of boxes. Boxes of snacks, breakfast cereals, frozen meals, or meals that simply required boiling and a flavor packet. Carrying my groceries from the car to my apartment was usually light and easy, unless I bought a few canned goods or some milk. During those years of grocery shopping, the heavy lifting that I did was on my body. Though the food was pretty light in my bag, the weight that it put on my body was starting to get heavy.
When enough became enough, I decided to invest in myself and get that weight off of my body. I first started looking at what I was eating. As I started to read the ingredients on the box, I got confused. What was all of this stuff I couldn’t pronounce? Why was the sodium level so high? Why did the foods I was eating have mostly fat and carbs, with no vitamins, fiber, or minerals?
I started buying less boxes and more real food that has weight, like squashes, greens, carrots, beets. I also added exercise and started paying attention to my physical hunger. Eventually, the weight I carried on my body shifted to the real foods in my shopping bags I bought each week. And I don’t mind it all. In fact, I love it.
This Stuffed Delicata Squash with Greens, Grains and Beans have some good weight to them and will be equally as filling. Delicata squash is a great fall squash that has an edible skin. With the exception of the seeds, very little of this squash goes to waste. Its long and narrow shape is also a perfect vehicle for stuffing.