I have an affinity for butternut squash, and most other orange flesh veggies. On a chilly fall night I love nothing more than a big plate of sautéed greens and a bowl of something orange.
While we are still in the heart of the season run to your markets grab some squash and whip up one or ALL of these recipes.
Need a few more reasons to dive into butternut squash (or any winter squash really!)
Ok here are a few:
1) Recent studies have shown that certain starch compounds in winter squash have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-diabetic as well as insulin regulating properties. I always recommend winter squash as a blood sugar supportive food.
2) Winter squash is an important source of carotenoids, a valuable group of antioxidants that are supportive for cancer prevention.
3) An important source of omega 3 fatty acids. This may come as a surprise because most often we think of fatty fish and seeds as sources of omega 3’s but winter squash (butternut included) contains about 340 milligrams per cup.
Okay enough about the health! Let’s get down to the delicious factor shall we?
Maple Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Running home late, no idea what to have for dinner? Grab a package of peeled and cut butternut squash and make this super easy (only 6 ingredients!) recipe. Oh yeah, it’s vegan too.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Farro Salad
All the best flavors of fall: squash, kale, farro (an amazing grain! Read more here) cranberries, and hazelnuts. Yeah, you should probably make this…like now.
Butternut Squash Brownies
Maybe a bit of an unconventional use for butternut squash, but can I brag for a minute? This is the WORLD’S BEST BROWNIE RECIPE. It still blows my mind every time I make it.
Macaroni and Cheese (no, seriously)
A classic reinvented. A bit of butternut squash stirred into the creamy sauce reduces the need for a heavy cream sauce or tons of cheese, but satisfies the desire for delicious. As an added bonus, if your kids are used to that “orange” mac and cheese from a certain blue box then they won’t make a face at the gorgeous squash color of this recipe!
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Veggie Burger
Looking for a meatless burger option but sick of those dry tasteless hockey pucks from the freezer section? Whip up these babies for #MeatlessMondays and never miss the meat!
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