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How to Cook Butternut Squash

Introduction

Butternut squash is a great alternative to potatoes and proven to help people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. Besides, it's high in antioxidants and omegas and can fight with inflammations. This vegetable is superhealthy and can also be a superdelicious side dish if cooked properly. Let's check a couple of quick and easy recipes.

Do's

1

Baked Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1 medium size butternut squash;

5 tbsp coconut oil;

Guidelines

  • Wash the squash and pat it dry.
  • Cut off its top and bottom and then cut it in half to scoop out the seeds.
  • Butternut squash tastes great with coconut oil because it complements its sweetness, so the next step you want to take is coat the halves with coconut oil.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F and put the squashes upside down on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Cook for 40 minutes, remove the sheet from the oven and let the squash cool.
  • After that, you can scoop out the flesh and use it as a side dish or mash it and make some butternut squash soup.
2

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

1 medium size butternut squash;

1 onion;

6-10 stripes of bacon;

1,5 qt chicken broth or water;

salt;

pepper;

rusks

Guidelines

  • Brown some chopped onions in the skillet;
  • Make mashed squash according to the first recipe and add it to the skillet;
  • Add roasted bacon;
  • Add chicken broth (or water);
  • Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes;
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with rusks.
3

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1 cup chicken broth;

1 medium size squash;

unsalted butter;

2 tbsp brown sugar;

salt and pepper

Guidelines

  • Peel the squash, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into small cubes;
  • Preheat the stove and grease it with unsalted butter;
  • Add the cubes into the skillet and roast for about 15-20 minutes over Medium heat until the cubes are soft and brown. Don't forget to stir them every once in a while to prevent them from burning;
  • Add 1 cup chicken broth right into the skillet and stir;
  • Add some brown sugar and cook until the cubes are caramelized and the liquids are vaporized. Usually, it takes 5-7 minutes;
  • Once it's almost done, season your squash with some salt and pepper.

Don'ts

  • Don't use butternut squashes with glossy skin. It's unripe, so you'd better put it in a cold dry place to let it ripen.
  • Don't overcook your butternut squash in the oven. It doesn't taste good when burned. Keep an eye for your squash while it's cooking.
  • Don't eat butternut squashes with the skins, especially if you buy them in winter.
  • Don't throw away the seeds. You can roast them in the oven at 160-170F with come coconut oil. They are very nutritious and tasty. You can peel these seeds later and add them to your muffins and cupcakes, or offer them as a healthy snack.

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Conclusion

Butternut squash is a great seasonal side dish. Kids love it because of its tenderness, sweetness, and bright orange color, and adults love it because it's rich in vitamins and good for digestion. So, you can't go wrong when choose it as an alternative to your regular side dishes like potatoes, peas, fries, and green beans. So, go to the kitchen and give one of these easy recipes a try.

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