Butternut Squash, Kale, and Crunchy Pepitas Taco
Butternut Squash, Kale, and Crunchy Pepitas Taco
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    Drummed up by our intrepid recipe tester Lauren Godfrey, this nontraditional taco, sweet with squash, earthy and nutty with kale, and crunchy with fried pumpkin seeds (pepitas), is—shhhhh—vegan. Don't tell anyone, but because it is so tasty, no one will care. The cashew crema can be replaced by store-bought crema or our Cumin-lime crema, but after polling both vegetarian and carnivorous friends, everyone preferred the nutty and rich nondairy cashew version (which must be made with raw cashews to work). To prepare the butternut squash, use a sharp peeler to remove the tough skin before slicing it in half and scooping out the seeds and fibers. Lazy cook's tip: Some markets sell butternut squash already peeled and seeded and ready to go.

    Ingredients

    • 2/3 cup raw cashews
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 limes)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 3 cups 1/2-inch-diced butternut squash
    • 1 teaspoon chile powder
    • 4 cups finely chopped kale
    • Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
    • Chopped white onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and salsa of choice, for serving (optional)

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 12
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 143 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 9 g 13.6%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 8.06%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 423 mg 17.62%
    • Calcium: 38 mg 3.82%
    • Potassium: 306 mg 8.76%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 8.03%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 14 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 9.81%
    • Sugar: 4 g
    • Protein: 4 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 76.16%
    • Vitamin C 23.83%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables1
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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