Recipes: Apple-Butternut Skewers

Ahhh, fall.  I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer, and at the same time I love the changing of the seasons.  Yes, as you’ll see every coffee shop starting to put out pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING, retail stores start on the fall themed window dressings, why fight it.  Let’s go with the flow and enjoy everything tasty the fall has to offer.

Andrina Tisi, health coach, yoga teacher and guest blogger shares with us a fabulous (non-pumpkin flavoured) fall recipe that is tasty, simple and healthy. She believes that making simple and satisfying meals from scratch doesn’t have to be hard, and I love that!  Life is complicated enough, food doesn’t have to be!

Apple-Butternut Squash Skewers

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredient Amount Prep
Butternut Squash Medium Peeled, 1 inch cubes
Cinnamon 3 teaspoons
Nutmeg 2 teaspoons
Coconut oil 2 tablespoons Melted
Almond or Cashew butter 2 tablespoons
Lemon 1/2 Juiced
Maple syrup 2 tablespoons
Gala apples 3 – 4 Chopped
Wooden Skewers 8 – 10

Directions:

.    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

.    Peel and dice butternut squash into about 1-inch cubes.

.    Mix together the spices, oil, nut butter, lemon juice and maple syrup. It should have the consistency of a thick dressing, so you can add a bit of water if it’s too thick.

.    In a bowl, pour 2/3 of the mixture over squash and toss, covering all the pieces evenly.Apple butternut squash skewers, fall recipe, tasty, wholicious, andrina tisi

.    Place squash on a baking sheet and pop them into oven for 10 minutes.

.    Mix apples into remaining sauce mixture.

.    Remove squash from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

.    Alternate apple and squash pieces on skewers.

.    Put back into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until both are soft.

Enjoy this tasty snack as…well…a snack, appetizer or desert!  Just remember that even though it’s healthy, share this with your friends and everything in moderation.  Heck, you could always bring some to us at Le Physique!  We’ll make your workout “better.”  These will keep for about 3 days, if they’ll stick around for that long.

We’d love to hear how this recipe turns out for you! Do you have any fall favourites that you’d like to share with us?  Please send it along with a photo and we’ll be happy to share it for you!

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Andrina Tisi is a Health Coach as well as Yoga Instructor.  She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and Semperiva Yoga College here in Vancouver. Andrina practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that she looks at how all areas of our life are connected. She believes that there is not one diet and lifestyle that works for everyone. For her, Yoga is a place to recharge and let go and she creates that safe environment for her students during her classes. For more information visit her website at www.wholelicious.com

Nicole has worked with one of BC’s leading fitness gyms as a top achiever with several awards in personal training and customer service. She is passionate about motivating, educating and expanding the minds of her clients and students to achieve more than just physical fitness. Nicole draws from her background and varied experiences such as yoga, rock climbing, kickboxing and pilates, to provide fun alternatives to “traditional exercises.”

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