Source: Well Plated
This time of year we start seeing an abundance of winter squash at our grocery stores. When I see squash, I think of warm and cozy meals that are nourishing to our bodies. Did you know squash is a primary food source of alpha-carotene and beta carotene, along with key antioxidants?
Winter squash is also low in calories and a good source of complex carbs and fiber. However, it’s easy to fall into a recipe rut, so why not try something new this winter?
I’ve got seven different easy winter squash recipes for you to try, including my favorite way to cook delicata squash. Read on to check out each recipe, then pick your favorites and start cooking up healthy and hearty meals!
1. Spiced & Roasted Delicata Squash with Maple Yogurt Drizzle
Do you love butternut squash but hate all the work it takes to peel and cut? Then you’ll love delicata squash! It’s similar in taste, but you don’t have to peel it. Delicata squash is best roasted in the oven at 400 degrees. You can stuff it with anything from quinoa to ground turkey.
• 2 pounds delicata squash (about 2 large squashes)
• 1 medium red onion, sliced
• 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• 1 Tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
• 1 Tablespoon sage, finely chopped
• 3 teaspoons brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Maple Yogurt Drizzle ingredients
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
• 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
• 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
• 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut squash in half lengthwise, then crosswise; scoop out the seeds. Cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick wedges.
3. Toss squash slices with onion slices, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, rosemary, sage, brown sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, and ground pepper in a large bowl.
4. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once or twice, until tender and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.
5. Combine the remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil with Maple Yogurt Drizzle ingredients in a small bowl. Toss the vegetables with the dressing.
2. Warm Winter Kale & Delicata Squash Salad
Source: Do You Even Paleo?
Delicata squash is also a delicious addition to salads. This kale and squash salad is topped with a maple vinaigrette for a slightly sweet twist on a light meal.
3. Roasted Delicata Squash, Farro & Arugula Salad
Source: Thyme and Toast
This healthy salad even looks festive, with bright red pomegranate arils and leafy green arugula providing the perfect combo for flavor-filled fall apples and delicata squash.
4. Lasagna with Roasted Kabocha Squash & Béchamel
Source: NYTimes Cooking
Inspired by pumpkin-filled ravioli, this lasagna is made with roasted kabocha squash and a delicious béchamel sauce.
Kabocha squash is a Japanese squash that’s sweeter than pumpkin on the inside. It’s rich in beta carotene, iron, vitamin C, and potassium. You can learn how to peel and cut one at Pinch of Yum.
5. Kabocha Squash & Ground Beef
Source: Paleo Porn
Paleo dieters will love this comfort-filled, baked kabocha squash and beef dish.
6. Butternut Squash with Spinach, Blue Cheese & Orzo
Source: The Kitchn
Mix roasted butternut squash with spinach and blue cheese with orzo for a warm weeknight meal.
Butternut squash is what most of us are familiar with. It’s great in soups, with pasta, and probably best diced and roasted with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and sea salt.
7. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries & Kale
Source: Well Plated
Stuffed squash is so good. Slice your butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. (Save them for later and roast them for a snack with a little olive oil and sea salt!) Make a stuffing of quinoa, cranberries, and chopped kale. Add a little cheese, if desired, and bake for a perfect Meatless Monday meal.
8. Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Butter
Source: Steamy Kitchen
For a simple side, bake spaghetti squash with garlic and butter. How’s that for yummy and easy?
With bright yellow flesh, spaghetti squash resembles everyone’s famous pasta. You can even sub out your actual spaghetti for a healthy spaghetti squash! Talk about a healthy swap, since spaghetti squash is high in in folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene.