Mexican Squash Mash

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  • 1 winter squash, such as acorn or butternut
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (or ½ tsp powdered)
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp oregano, powdered (or 1 tsp fresh)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup corn, fresh (if using frozen, thaw completely)
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, freshly chopped
  • 1 splash lime


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut winter squash in half, remove seeds, place face down on a baking sheet, add ¼ inch of water to pan and bake at 400°F for 1 hour, or until tender. Remove from oven and scoop out flesh.
  3. While squash is cooking, combine spices and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Mash spice blend into cooked squash and stir until evenly distributed. Add 2 tsp ghee or butter when mashing.
  5. Top with guacamole, fresh corn kernels, thinly sliced red onion, cilantro, and a few squeezes of lime juice.
  6. For protein, enjoy with Life is Simple Mung Bean Chili recipe.

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