I told you I would be back with some squash recipes? You really can’t talk about fall produce without mentioning the ubiquitous vegetable, butternut squash. After pumpkin, which enjoys the limelight in October for Halloween, butternut squash recipes are everywhere. You can find peeled and pre-cut butternut squash cubes in the produce section of the grocery store or you can buy a squash and then peel and slice it at home. Nothing beats the sweet-savory flavor and aroma of roasting butternut squash. It really shines paired with sweet flavors like apples and persimmons or can hold its own in meaty dishes and savory stews. Check out the recipes below from some truly awesome RD food bloggers to find ideas for bringing butternut squash into your kitchen. In case you haven’t done any meal planning for the week yet there are some one-pot-wonders and quick meals in this round-up!
- Crockpot butternut squash apple soup from Lauren on her blog Bite of Health Nutrition - This soup features butternut squash in all its glory! Crockpots are an amazing invention if you don’t already have them. They make soups, stew, casseroles, chilis, oatmeal, and so much more so easy. Just prep all the ingredients, toss them in the crockpot, turn to the desired temperature, set a timer and you are all set. A few hours later you’ll have a satisfying meal with minimal effort. This recipe really showcases the best of the butternut squash and apple duo. If you want to get ahead of the game before the week gets busy then you can make this soup on Sunday and either freeze it or refrigerate it for a quick meal later. Enjoy it with grilled cheese as Lauren suggests, topped with roasted nuts, or with a side salad.
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- Butternut squash, apple, and walnut salad from Dixya on her blog Food, Pleasure & Health - I have to say, I love roasted butternut squash, absolutely love it! When it's cut into cubes, tossed in olive oil and kissed with salt, pepper and spices, and then roasted in a warm oven it just can’t be beat. What you get is a caramelized texture with a smooth center and flavor that’s sweet and a touch savory. This salad really lets the roasted squash shine. Start out with a bed of arugula, kale or spinach and then add the creamy crunch of walnuts and the juicy snap of fall apple slices plus the roasted squash. This salad shows butternut squash at its best and let’s you easy into fall and soup weather.
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- Quinoa Gratin featured on Lauren’s blog Eating With A Purpose - You can’t talk about comfort food without at least mentioning a gratin. The creamy layers of potato and cheese is a fantastic fall comfort food, but it can be disastrous on the waistline. Instead, I’ll be making this gratin that showcases comforting veggies like butternut squash and mushrooms. Plus you still get the cheesy texture and flavor, loads of veggies, and quinoa for a boost of grains and protein. A must make weeknight meal!
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- Moroccan Root Vegetable Stew from Katie on her blog Healthy Bites: Nourish, Breathe, Thrive - One pot wonders are the best! It saves you time and dishes when everything can be prepped and then cooked in one pot. This one pot wonder will leave your kitchen smelling fantastic too. The stew is full of hearty root vegetables simmered with the sweet and spicy aromas from the cumin, cinnamon, and paprika. It's a hearty stew that will warm you up from the inside out as the temperatures drop. Don’t take my word for it; try it yourself!
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- Autumn Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Spinach is the creation of Danielle on her blog My Bottomless Ex-Boyfriend - No recipe round up about butternut squash is complete without a lasagna recipe. Lasagna is one of those dishes that can be taken in so many directions with different fillings and flavor profiles it really never gets old. As Danielle noted on her blog, this is not a quick meal (often lasagnas aren’t) but the effort is worth it! Adding butternut squash to lasagna brings the flavor to a whole new level and enhances the creamy texture making it one of my favorite fall comfort foods. I highly recommend you give this recipe a try on weekend and then enjoy the leftovers during the week.
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What are you favorite ways to enjoy butternut squash and fall produce?