The fall season is here, which means you may need to add some new recipes to your kitchen menu. Squash is an excellent autumn ingredient, and is filled with nutrients and great taste that can make your meals more interesting and delicious. Here are a few healthy recipes that include squash that will impress your family and friends.
Butternut Squash Chili
As the weather gets cooler, you may be in the mood for a bowl of chili. Add butternut or acorn squash to your chili for a homemade dish that is filling and packed with flavor. Cut the squash into small cubes and saute it with onions and garlic before adding the ground meat and beans of your choice. Add diced tomatoes, broth, and additional nutritious ingredients like kale or mushrooms to make the meal complete.Read More »
Cinnamon Roasted Squash
If you’re looking for an alternative to sweet potatoes for your Thanksgiving meal, try roasted squash. Cut the squash in half and season with butter, sea salt, brown sugar, allspice, and cinnamon. You can also cut the squash into cubes or boil the squash and puree it. This simple recipe is delicious and rich in fiber and vitamin A.
Spaghetti Squash Bowls
Spagetti squash is know for its noodle-like pulp, so you can use the squash to create a low-carb dinner to help you stick to your weight loss goals. Cut the squash in half and use a fork to dig up the fruit of the squash. Season the “noodles” with olive oil, sea salt, ground pepper, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, and tomato sauce. Place the seasoned noodles back inside of the squash and roast in the oven. You can even top the squash with cheese so you’ll feel like you’re having your favorite Italian meal.
Fried or oven-fried squash is a healthy way to satisfy your craving for a salty treat. Cut the squash into disks and bread it like you would fried chicken. Instead of putting the squash in the deep fryer, you can place them in the oven, so you’ll still get a crispy texture. If you want to fry the squash, you can use avocado or grapeseed oil, since these oils are better for you than vegetable oil or lard. Add a dipping sauce like chipotle aioli or homemade ranch for an impressive appetizer.
Fall meals often call for a tasty casserole that is filling and comforting. Whether you want a new dish to add to your Thanksgiving menu or have a taste for mac and cheese but want to reduce your pasta consumption, squash casserole could be the tasty solution. Chopped squash with onions and garlic, as well as cream cheese, seasonings, and a crunchy topping goes great with with nearly any type of protein, and you can serve the casserole in place of rice or pasta.
The autumn season often puts you in the mood for a great soup. You can make a bisque from squash by pureeing it and adding heavy cream (or a non-dairy alternative), fresh herbs, the broth of your choice, and additional seasonings. Top the bisque with chopped vegetables or croutons and serve with a salad for a light, delicious lunch or dinner.
These are just a few of the recipes that will make you more excited to get into the kitchen this fall. If you haven’t cooked many squash dishes before, these suggestions can get you accustomed to the taste of squash and encourage you to get more creative with your cooking.
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