Acorn squash is perfect for making puree. You can serve it with meat or even use it as baby food. Its sweet taste and its hint of nutty flavour make it ideal for a side dish or a meal for your young child. And it's an excellent source of iron, fibre, and vitamin C. It's got everything going for it!
You can easily recognize an acorn squash because it has dark green skin and an orange spot. To make sure it's ripe enough, pick one with a spot of orange that's lighter or smaller.
As its name suggests, spaghetti squash is a great alternative to... spaghetti! Its neutral flavour makes it the perfect base for a variety of toppings. To make the noodles, start by halving the squash. Then empty it and bake in the oven at 375 °F for 30 minutes. Use a fork to scrape the inside out. These "noodles" are as nutritious as they are delicious!
A turban squash is easy to recognize because of its shape. Its colour ranges from cream, orange, to green. If you're looking for a simple, low-cost dish, simply cut the top off, empty it, and stuff it with the ingredients you like. Its non-starchy flesh and mild taste make it a perfect alternative to potatoes in a puree.
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The butternut squash is perfect for soups and pies. To help extend its shelf life and cook it more quickly, simply peel the skin off, cut into cubes, and freeze. That way whenever you want a comforting soup, it'll be ready to cook. Simply cook it with other vegetables and chicken broth.
Butternut squash is also a great alternative to pumpkin in a pie. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or top with whipped cream for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Squash can be prepared in a variety of ways depending on the meal you have in mind. If you're short on time, the microwave is your best bet. Use a fork to pierce a few holes in the flesh and heat in the microwave for about 15 minutes. You can then halve it and empty it before preparing it the way you want!
Just like pumpkin seeds, other variety of squash seeds can be used as a healthy snack. Place them on a sheet pan and bake in the oven. They'll be ready for your favourite seasoning.
You're now ready for squash season!