It’s that time of year again, or should I say season! Butternut squash is a popular winter squash that is harvested during early fall to late winter. A great benefit with butternut squash is that you can keep it for a month or more, provided that you store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. While other foods lose their nutritional value when stored for a long time, butternut squash tends to become even more nutritious during the first two months of storage, as its carotenoids continue to accumulate.
Aside from providing a remarkable amount of nutrients, the butternut squash is also a versatile ingredient that you can add to different dishes, which is why it definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen. From soups to desserts, you can use it to create a variety of mouthwatering meals.
Butternut squash is easy to prepare and cook!
How to puree butternut squash for soups, desserts and baby food:
One of the simplest things that you can do with a butternut squash is to puree it. This makes for a perfect base ingredient for soups, desserts and side dishes. Plus, it’s a nutritious meal for babies and kids.
- Cut the butternut squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and strings.
- Place the squash on a cookie sheet, cut sides down, and cook it in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until its flesh becomes soft.
- Allow the squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh and put it into a blender or food processor. Puree until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Mix with other veggies, fruits, meats or spices, if desired.
How to cook Butternut Squash in an oven: Roasted to Perfection
Roasting butternut squash keeps its flesh moist and tender while caramelizing its exterior, giving your dish a nice contrast in texture. Follow this easy method to roast your butternut squash perfectly in an oven:
- Cut the butternut squash in half, then scoop out the seeds. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the squash, and then cut it into 1-inch-thick cubes.
- Toss the squash cubes in a bit of coconut oil (sold at NW) to keep them from drying out while roasting, and then spread them in an even layer on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt (sold at NW) and black pepper.
- Roast in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender and brown on the edges, stirring once
Make sure to grab yourself a butternut squash and enjoy all the health benefits that comes along with its warmth and great flavor!