Whole30 Roasted Kabocha Squash & Bibb Lettuce Salad
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
March 3, 2017 • By Seamus Mullen
While preparing for spring and the cycling season, I decided I wanted to get as fit, lean and clean as possible. For that reason I’m doing my own version of the Whole30, the 30-day re-boot that follows some simple guidelines. In broad strokes, it means cutting out alcohol, dairy, grains, sugars and most legumes for 30 days. This is not a radical shift from how I normally eat, but since starting a week ago I’ve noticed all the little places sugar creeps into my diet. And even though it’s only been a few days, I already feel a tremendous difference—I feel trimmer and I have more energy!
Since this sort of thing can be quite daunting and might seem like it means zero pleasure or joy in terms of food, I thought I'd share my approach to this program.
BRIGHT SPICE & PUNCHY ACID
I found one of the most important ways to overcome the potential boredom with the Whole30 plan is to cook with bright spices and dynamic flavors. My work-from-home lunch today was super simple, took less than 30 minutes to make and was incredibly satisfying. I have to say, this Whole30 thing is really not such a bad idea to do from time to time. With a little creativity you just might find you’re not really missing anything!
Here’s what I made:
- Roasted kabocha squash with coconut oil, harissa and sea salt
- Bibb lettuce salad with shaved cucumber, radish, cabbage and kumquats, topped with toasted pepitas and yuzu-olive oil vinaigrette
1 Kabocha Squash
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Cut kabocha squash into 1/2-inch thick half-moons and tossed with coconut oil, harissa and sea salt. Roast in oven for 20 minutes.
- While the squash is roasting, use a mandoline to thinly slice cucumber, radishes, cabbage and kumquats—which add a floral, citrusy punch! Toss with bibb lettuce, yuzu and olive oil and top with toasted pepitas.
NOTE: You may wonder why ingredient quantities are left open-ended. While it's easy to get hung up on the details, I think of recipes as a guideline around an idea, rather than a fixed set of directions. So enjoy the process of experimentation by bringing your own preferences and pantries to the mix!