HURRY! In only a couple of weeks, there will be no more butternut squash at the market. We’ll all have to wait until next fall to cook the finest of the winter squashes.

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It really is too bad. The squash’s incredibly sweet, dense, and buttery orange flesh is just delish when cooked right. Nutritionally, it’s well-balanced with complex carbs (a great replacement to potatoes, for instance!) and low in saturated fat, vitamins A and C, and a great source of minerals.

There’s only one problem, though: Nobody knows how to even get to the flesh! Here is a quick video I made to show you how to break the code:

To take advantage of the situation, I’m introducing you to one of my best kept secrets: an easy and delicious dish pairing butternut squash with kale pesto, and yes, pasta.

I have already explained that pasta is okay for weight loss providing you take the proper precautions. You can read more about cooking pasta for weight loss here, here, and here .

You see, making pesto with kale instead of basil has its advantages: it’s bright, attractive, and resolutely fat-burning. It brings fiber and also cuts into the soft flesh of the roasted squash in a very unique and delicious way.

Squash should be cooked until tender. After breaking it down (see above), quickly dice it, toss it in extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever spices you like (Sage, oregano, or cumin are great starts).

Then, lay it out on a sheet pan, in one single layer (that’s important!).

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Bake the butternut squash at 350-400 degrees F until barely tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.

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To make the kale pesto, just wilt the kale leaves until soft and bright green.

Then it’s time to process the kale with garlic, nuts, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil to make a bright green, nutritious pesto sauce that is going to give life to your family dish.

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Now, to cook the pasta, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but cut a minute or two off the cooking time, so that you keep your pasta al dente and fat-burning. Also rinse them under hot water immediately after they’re cooked.

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Finally, to finish this awesome recipe, mix the three elements together for an incredible, nutritious dish that your entire family will love — even the pickiest of eaters. Click on the image below for the complete recipe and instructions. 

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