Photo from Suzie’s Farm.
This week we’re talking all things butternut squash! This lovely pale-colored winter squash has been making your Local Boxes just a little bit heavier, and we’re excited to have it stick around through fall! Winter squash differs from summer squash (like zucchini, yellow squash, patty pan) because winter squash is fully mature. That means it has high levels of antioxidants and other health benefits, and can also be stored for longer amounts of time. The high-fiber, heart-friendly butternut squash are probably the most popular winter squash because of their versatility and ease of use! Butternut squash are sweet, moist, and pleasantly nutty, and are an easy substitute for pumpkin in most recipes. You can store butternut squash for up to one month (or more) in a cool place.
In addition to butternut squash, all sorts of winter squash are starting to come into season! Just like greens (like kale, collards, and chard) you’ll find you can easily swap out different types of squash in lots of savory fall recipes. Acorn squash is another common winter squash variety that is named (surprise!) because its shape resembles an acorn! ICheck it out in the Local Box this week. Did you know pumpkins are also considered a winter squash? It’s true! Cinderella and Pie Pumpkins are the best for cooking (plus make lovely decorations!) Both acorn squash and pumpkins will last for a few months in a cool place- so don’t worry if your Local Box squash start to stack up!
Here are six awesome winter squash recipes to get your gourd:
1. Puree Power. Making your own winter squash puree means you’re just one step closer to homemade breads, soups, and even lattes! Puree any type of winter squash for use in recipes that call for canned pumpkin. Store in your fridge or freezer for preservative-free goodness all season long.
2. Thanks a Latte! Pumpkin Spice Latte fans rejoice! No need to shell out $5 when you can make your own PSL-inspired drinks year round. Try this recipe for a (paleo-friendly!) Pumpkin Latte Smoothie or homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte using butternut or pumpkin puree!
3. Get Baked. There’s nothing quite like spicy winter squash bread to usher in colder temperatures and falling leaves. Use pumpkin or butternut squash purees for recipes like Butternut Squash Bread, Pumpkin Biscuits, and Pumpkin Waffles with Rosemary.
4. Soup’s Up! One of the most comforting ways to eat squash is in soup form. Winter squash soups are rich, hearty, and nutritious, even without using tons of butter or cream. Try Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup and Winter Squash Corn Chowder to warm you up this fall.
5. Fritter Fever! Fritters are just a fun word for a crispy patty. We love ChicOrganicMama’s Savory Butternut Squash Fritters and can’t wait to try squash in a veggie burger, like this Curried Pumpkin Black Bean Burger!
6. Plain and Simple. There’s no need to squish your squash! Sometimes the best way to try a new vegetable is just to simply roast it and try it as a side. The next step is adding your roasted squash added to a salad, like in this Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond. Also, just like summer squash, fill that squash hole with something delicious, like Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash.
Are you inspired yet?! We’ve got even MORE recipes over on the Winter Squash Pinterest Board, and our Local Box bloggers will be keeping us squashed up all season long over in the Recipes section of blog.greenling.com!