Foods by Color: Butternut Squash Recipes

Butternut Squash from love Me TenderHappy butternut squash season! I have gather 14 delicious butternut squash recipes that you need to make this Fall!

I didn’t grow up eating a lot of Butternut Squash but once I discovered it as an adult I fell in love.  It is such a versatile and delicious vegetable and has amazing health benefits. If you haven’t incorporated butternut squash into your diet yet, I highly recommend you start now! You can sneak it into so many foods from burritos to salads pizzas to soups. However, I know that some people are intimidated by butternut squash, but don’t be! Preparing them is simpler than it sounds- just peel with a good vegetable peeler, scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or spoon and cut up into desired pieces/slices. I also like to use my mandolin if I want thin slices, like for a quiche or to top a pizza. Butternut squash recipes are totally worth the effort and easy-to-do if you have the right tools.

Health Benefits

Butternut Squash has a ton of Vitamin A which is key for vision, healthy immune system and cell growth. Butternut Squash is high in both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. It has a substantial amount of beta-crytopxanthin as well which may help lower the risk of developing lung cancer.

In Season & Storage

Butternut squash are harvested during winter and fall but they store well so they are available almost all year round.  When choosing a butternut squash feel for one that is heavy with a hard rind and the stem still attached.  For storing keep in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place like a pantry, cabinet or unheated garage or basement (in the 50’s would be ideal) for three months or more.  If you store it at room temperature or in the fridge the squash won’t last as long but should be fine for at least a couple of weeks.

Tips

You can buy butternut squash at stores like Trader Joe’s already cubed up which is a huge time saver, but I normally like to buy mine whole and have learned a great system for peeling it.  I use a cheap cheese slicer that is absolutely useless for slicing cheese but works great at peeling the butternut squash because of its angle.  Here is a great tutorial on how to cut up a butternut squash without losing a limb from Kitchen Treaty.

Butternut Squash Recipes Round-Up

Butternut Squash Recipes Roundup from Rainbow Delicious

1. Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos from Oh She Glows

2. Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash from Apartment 34 {Featured in the Summer 2013 Week 11 Meal Plan}

3. Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Hand Pies from Style Sweet CA

4. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette from Whipped Baking {Featured in the Fall 2013 Week 5 Meal Plan}

5. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas from Two Peas and Their Pod

6. Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Ravioli from Naturally Ella

7. Roasted Butternut Squash, Sauteed Spinach and Caramelized Onion Lasagna from The Kitchy Kitchen {Featured in the Fall 2012 Week 11 Meal Plan}

8. Apple, Leek and Butternut Squash Gratin from Martha Stewart {featured in Fall 2013 Week 2 Meal Plan}

9. Butternut Squash and Bacon Quiche from Martha Stewart

10.Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese from Naturally Ella

11.Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Pizza from Alexandra Cooks

12.Butternut Squash and Lentil Pot Pie from Naturally Ella

{Sources: 150 Healthiesst Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden Photo Source: Love Me Tender}

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for including a link to my tutorial! I love this post, and all the delicious-looking recipe links! I, too, discovered butternut squash in adulthood. I was a little disappointed at first because it didn’t taste either buttery or nutty, but I learned to love it pretty quickly!

    • So true that the name for butternut squash doesn’t represent its flavor very well. Thanks again for your great tutorial on how to chop up a butternut squash!

  2. Thank you so much for including me in your round-up! All of those recipes look delish, will have to check them out! Hope you had a very happy holiday! Happy New Year!

  3. YAY!! I have had two butternut squashes staring at me….telling me cook me lady! i am making the mac and cheese right now yay!! You always save my life Em!

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