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By: Lauren McRae
Pumpkins are a "staple" squash of Halloween and generally, get all of the glory during the autumn season. However, there are many other types of nutrient-packed winter squash varieties that are flavorful and delicious to eat as the weather turns colder.
Winter squash is usually sweeter, denser and more firm in texture than summer squash or zucchini. It's versatile in that it can adapt to a wide spectrum of seasonings and can be used in various dishes like soups, pastas and casseroles, or it can be eaten on its own.
Winter squash gets its name for its hardiness. Even though it's harvested in the fall, these types of squash keep through the cold winter months. Choose squashes that are blemish- and bruise-free, with an intact step and heavy feeling for their size.
Winter squash is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Baked butternut squash is rich in vitamins from A, B6, C and E, as well as potassium, magnesium and manganese. Try this delicata squash recipe offered by Lori Bumbaco, Oncology Dietitian at NorthShore. It will definitely brighten up your dinners!
Why is this a Mix and Match Recipe?
Experiment with different types of Winter Squash: acorn, butternut, kabocha, spaghetti, or Hubbard. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
Experiment with different types of Whole Grains: farro, wheat berries, sorghum, millet, bulgur, the list goes on and on!
Experiment with different types of Veggies: baby kale or mixed baby greens or leftover roasted veggies would be delicious!
Experiment with Dried Fruit and Nuts/Seeds: unsweetened versions of dried fruit, like dates or apricots great options. Pecans, hemp seeds, pepitas, pistachios, and walnuts are among some of the many types of nuts and seeds to try.
Some of our favorite stuffed winter squash ideas!