In October, there are plenty of ways to prepare seasonal vegetables. Often we see broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower starring in vegetable-based side dishes. Butternut squash, a bell-shaped type of winter squash that hails from the gourd family, is a healthy, comforting, delicious way to celebrate the harvest season.
Butternut squash is easily found in supermarkets year-round, but peaks from summer to early fall. Equally enjoyable in savory and sweet dishes, butternut squash is versatile: you can peel, steam, boil or roast it to include in a variety of dishes.
Use your spice cabinet: When food blogger Kalyn Denny prepares butternut squash, she looks to herbs and spices to deliver unique flavors. Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices is a delicious way to serve up the famous fall veggie without added calories or fat. My favorite part? The spice mix will make enough for five batches of roasted vegetables so you can stock up for fast weeknight meals.
Eat your fruits & veggies: Pairing butternut squash with fruit is a great way to bring forth its inherent sweetness. Apples are abundant year-round, but best in the fall when you can head to your local farm and hand-pick them. Apple, Leek and Sage Gratin from Ezra Pound Cake uses heart-healthy olive oil and fresh herbs for maximum taste.
Soup’s on: As the weather grows cooler, we all crave creamy, hot soups. Puree butternut squash in a high-powered blender to make the Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Elana’s Pantry. It’s warm, comforting and gluten-free, so anyone with sensitivities can enjoy it.
Find your inner baker: You’ve probably spotted mammoth-sized pumpkin muffins at your local bakery or coffee shop, but did you know that you can replicate them with butternut squash? From 101 Cookbooks, we love these nutrient-packed Butternut Squash Muffins, perfect for breakfast or as a quick snack with a cup of tea or coffee.
DIY pizza night: There’s no rule that says pizza has to be a boring combination of red sauce and cheese. Try Butternut Squash Pizza with Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Sage from Andrea’s Recipes. We love the combination of tangy goat cheese with salty pancetta and fresh herbs that round out the dish with seasonal flavor.