Eating seasonally is a wonderful practice with regards to both specific foods and their temperatures. I find it much more comforting to eat a warm bowl of spiced pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast on a cold fall or winter morning than an icy smoothie bowl.
The same goes for savory meals. Soups, stews, and warm cooked meals with squash and potatoes are often more nurturing than raw salads with tomatoes and berries (summer produce) during this time of year. Which brings me to today's recipe: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili.
Not only is this meal extremely flavorful and warming due to the seasonal produce and spices, it's also packed with nutritional value. We have butternut squash with vitamin A and beta carotene; black beans with fiber and protein; and onion, garlic, and spices with anti-inflammatory properties.
Together, these ingredients combine to make one big, delicious bowl of health! I highly recommend topping each bowl with some creamy avocado for even more nutrients and deliciousness, but that's just me.
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili