Tag: butternut squash

7 Side Dishes Starring Fall Produce

by in Healthy Recipes, September 21, 2014

collard greens and squash
Yeah, you could be sad that summer is on it way out. But you could also be happy that fall is on its way — and brimming with tasty options.

Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash
Take a break from kale and cook up some collards, the Southern staple that happens to be a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet butternut squash tempers the bitterness of the greens while freshly grated ginger adds a surprising burst of flavor. Read more

Butternut-Squash Hummus

by in Uncategorized, September 24, 2013

butternut squash hummus
If you’re looking to go beyond your usual winter-squash soup or roasted vegetable recipes, try this butternut-squash hummus. Smoky, sweet and filling, the hummus is also loaded with fiber, protein, healthy fats and beta-carotene.

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Robin’s Healthy Take: Cold Days, Hot Soups

by in Robin's Healthy Take, February 6, 2012
onion soup
Warm right up with caramelized onion soup, topped with cheesy bread.

I realize it’s doesn’t get really cold in the desert (where I live), but I’m an east coast native, so I know how bone-chilling February can get. Only two things warm me up when I’m chilled to the core: a hot bath and hot soup. This week, I’m sharing three of my favorite hot soups for cold days. The onion soup is my all-time favorite (it has been, since I was like 7). When you make it, take the time to really caramelize the onions until they’re deep golden brown, like they’ve been dipped in caramel. And, use oven-proof soup bowls so you can melt the cheese under the broiler.  For the butternut squash soup, the key is roasting the squash because it caramelizes the flesh and makes it tender and sweet. I also add cumin and ginger before roasting to bring out the warm smokiness of the spices.  The Tuscan soup is a hearty blend of ham, beans, kale and sage. I used white beans, but any bean variety will work. Serve with a wedge of toasted Italian bread with olive oil and you’ll be transported to Italy in under 30 minutes.

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Market Watch: Early Butternut Squash, and a Butternut Squash Focaccia Recipe

by in Farmers' Market Finds, October 5, 2011

butternut squash
Typically winter squash isn’t ready until mid-October, but I get to enjoy it extra early since I grow this special variety in my garden.

While it’s too late now to plant it in your garden, put these seeds on your list for next year. Be on the lookout for it at the local farmers’ market too, its name is simple to remember, it’s actually called Early Butternut Squash. The sweet and tender squash will be ready to eat as early as August and the plant will keep producing through October. Make soup, add roasted chunks to pasta or make this crowd-pleasing foccacia recipe.

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Seven Days of Thanksgiving Sides: Stuffing, Slimmed

by in Healthy Recipes, Seven Days of Sides, November 23, 2010
Shiitake-Squash Stuffing
Shiitake-Squash Stuffing - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving with a new side dish every day! Thanksgiving turkey would be lost without stuffing (or dressing, if you prefer it that way). But sticks of butter and pounds of sausage are not mandatory ingredients.  Instead, combine rich sauteed shiitake mushrooms with in-season butternut squash and sourdough bread cubes for a fresh, lighter take on classic stuffing.  Here’s to a new holiday tradition!

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Weekly Bits: More Fall Faves

by in Reader Tips & Comments, November 14, 2009

Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation, but everyone shared lots of praise — and some yummy serving suggestions — this week. Winter squash also had plenty of fans, and butternut squash seems to be the favorite variety from our informal Facebook poll. Check out our list of favorite comments for great ways to enjoy fall produce — plus, a Thanksgiving stuffing recipe!

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In Season: Winter Squash

by in In Season, November 10, 2009

butternut squash
As crisper weather sets in, nothing beats warm, freshly roasted squash. There’s a bounty of winter squash available at your local market now. Don’t let that thick skin scare you away. Here are our favorite ways to cook ‘em up, including soup.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: A Fall Sausage Stew

by in Uncategorized, November 1, 2009

cassoulet
Fall is my favorite food time of the year. I absolutely love the warm, comforting flavors of winter squash and root vegetables. Butternut squash is often on our dinner table because its mild sweetness and creamy texture work well with many dishes. 

This cassoulet, based off a traditional sausage-and-bean stew from France, features my beloved butternut squash. The squash provides loads of nutrients: beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber to name a few. Along with the beans, the chicken sausage packs a protein (and flavor) punch without going overboard on fat.

This one’s not for a speedy weeknight meal, but you can get it on the table in an hour or so.

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