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!
In order for you to create a delicious meal out of butternut squash, make sure that you choose one that’s dense and heavy for its size. You should also check its rind to see if it’s free of cracks, soft spots and other blemishes. Once you have the perfect butternut squash, turn it into a healthy and satisfying dish.
Butternut squash are loaded with a wide array of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and trace minerals. It is also critical for the liver.
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. Here’s a simple guide on how to puree butternut squash:
- 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!