If you are looking for some delicious and nutritious winter squash recipes to brighten and fill your table this season, you’ve come to the right place!
Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. One of those reasons is winter comfort food that is all about hearty casseroles and stews bursting with deep, rich, mouth-watering flavors.
Shopping for winter squash
You know the weather is changing and fall is upon us when store shelves are stocked with plump colorful winter squash like butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and other squash varieties.
The sight of all that deep orange, green, and yellow has always excited me as I stroll the grocery store aisles and contemplate baking, roasting, and caramelizing those beauties with some of my favorite spices.
Not only are they delicious but winter squash also deliver a good dose of potassium, beta-carotene, and other phytonutrients and antioxidants that help our bodies’ immune systems during the toughest time of the year.
Loads of nutrients that are anti-inflammatory and digestive-supportive are packed into these bundles of deep colorful fruit. Yes, you heard that right, FRUIT.
Botanically, squash is a fruit
Fruits contain seeds and develop from the flowers of a plant. On the other hand, vegetables are a plant’s roots, stems or leaves.
Not everyone agrees with these botanical definitions, but they’re used widely to distinguish between fruits and vegetables. (NCBI)
All types of squash have seeds and come from the flowering part of plants. In fact, edible flowers even grow out of squash and are known as squash blossoms.
Therefore, squash is considered a fruit.–HealthLine
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Delicious winter squash recipes
Below are 15 mouthwateringly fabulous recipes that you must try this year. These versatile lovely winter squash recipes can be enjoyed as a main dish or as a hearty side dish.
Some of my friends–and your favorite plant-based oil-free bloggers–have contributed to this list of squash recipes that your fall and Thanksgiving guests will be overjoyed about.
We’ve got it all–everything squash related! Baked squash recipes, butternut squash recipes, roasted acorn squash, and even instructions on how to bake acorn squash whole.
So pull out those casserole dishes and stockpots, fire up the stove, and get cooking!
At home and in cooking classes, I love my MAKER 12-quart cast aluminum stockpot. It’s the perfect size for big portions, and I like to freeze any of the leftovers for meals later in the month to use on those days that I don’t feel like cooking.