Monday, January 27, 2014

3 Great Ways to Use Winter Squash

Along with healthy greens, the other thing I'm always getting in my CSA basket is winter squash. Here are a few good ways to use it:

1) Stuff it. All that yummy stuff in the middle and you'll scarcely notice the healthy vegetable around the edge.

2) Bake with it. For butternut squash: puree it and use it in place of canned pumpkin. Roasting squash is as easy as halving it, scooping out the seeds, placing it upside down on a greased baking sheet, and roasting it at about 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (give or take, depending on the size of the squash). Once it's roasted, you can puree it, and then you've basically got yourself a homemade can of Libby's packed pumpkin. You can use the butternut puree as a replacement in pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, or pumpkin cookies.

3) Use it as a base for soup. Again, you can use it in place of canned pumpkin. My favorite squash soup involves beans, lime, coconut milk, and sage.

And that is the sum total of my creativity. What do you do with your winter squashes?

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell


Anonymous said...

This is by no means the 'sum' of your creativity. Just sayin'. Mom

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Why not just eat it? Butternut and acorn squash are both wonderful baked and served with butter and salt (savory) or butter and honey (sweet).

Lisa said...

We also get a lot of squash in our CSA...we puree it for soup too! Thank you for the great new soup recipe! Adding the beans is a good idea, and I like how quick this soup is...

Jessica Snell said...

Aw, thanks, Mom! :)

Em, the sad truth is, I don't like the flavor all by itself. (I don't like sweet potatoes much either.) So, I have to get creative and gussy it up!

Hi Lisa! Isn't squash soup awesome? It's funny to me how much I dislike it plain, and how much I looooooove it as soup! I hope you enjoy the recipe I linked - I never would have thought to put those ingredients together, but they're just SO GOOD. :)