When I come home from work, one of the most relaxing things I end up doing is cooking. People love food and the aroma that comes with it. When I’m cooking, I can express myself through food. If I am sad I bake out the sadness, when happy I make complicated meals. The process allows me to compartmentalize my thoughts and just focus on creating something amazing. Counselors have found that there is a stress relief aspect to cooking: it reduces negative thinking and builds confidence (https://thriveglobal.com/stories/7-reasons-why-cooking-is-the-ultimate-stress-reliever/)
I particularly love to bake. I love having to focus on the measurements and having to be so gentle when making say a chiffon cake. I love just listening to music and letting something fill my apartment with notes of vanilla or chocolate.
With that, I wanted to share a favorite recipe for baked butternut squash!
1 Butternut squash cut in halves
4 table spoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to taste
Prep time- 20 minutes Cook time- 45 minutes Total time- 1 Hour 5 minutes
Step by Step:
- Preheat the oven to 350℉ .
- Put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.
- Take your two halves of butternut squash and clean out any seeds. Lay the squash cut side up.
- Cut up the butter into small pieces and place evenly on each squash.
- Drizzle on the maple syrup.
- Sprinkle on spices to taste, I use about a teaspoon each. Place in the oven and cook until fork tender. Approximatelt 45 minutes but start checking after 30 minutes.
Serve after cooling slightly or cool and cut up for salad, puree or any other recipe!
Let me know in the comments if you try it out and how you like it!