Cooking with Squash

8:40:00 PM

Fall is here and with that comes all the weird looking vegetables at the grocery store. Are they decoration? Are they food? How in the world do you cook these things? Well, ladies and gentlemen, the answer is all three. They are known as winter squash, they are food and yes, you can cook them and they are delicious.

Cooking with Squash
Not only are they delicious, they are nutritious. Let’s explore some of these unique characteristics and the benefits of the “weirdo” veggies.
Butternut Squash – Shaped like a bell and is pale peach in color. It has a slightly thinner skin, making it easier to peel than other squashes. It has a sweet and nutty flavor and is very dense and creamy, making it great for roasting and soups. It contains high doses of Vitamin A and C.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Acorn Squash – Shaped like an acorn and is green in color, sometimes with orange streaks. It has a thick peel and a dense flesh. It has a sweet flavor making it great for roasting. Because of it’s thick exterior, it makes for a great bowl for fillings. It is a great source of fiber and potassium.

Spaghetti Squash – Oval shaped and yellow in color. It has a thick peel and a very mild flavor. When cut in half and baked it creates spaghetti-like strands. It is perfect for roasting and using as a substitute for spaghetti noodles. Spaghetti Squash is rich in Vitamin B and Beta-Carotene.

Pumpkin – Large, round and bright orange in color. It has an extremely thick skin and dense flesh. They have a sweet flavor and are great when pureed and used in soups, breads and as filling for pastas and of course pies. The best pumpkins to cook with are round and between 2 and 8 pounds. It is a great source of Fiber and Vitamin C

Zucchini – Long, skinny and green in color. It has a thin skin, which makes it easy to peel. It has a mild flavor but can be made flavorful with spices and sauces. It is great grilled, roasted and in casseroles. It is low in calories and contains a significant amount of Folate.

So don’t be scared of these “weird” looking veggies! They are delicious, full of nutrients and actually easy to cook.

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