In my opinion, squash is one of the most underestimated vegetables. They are not only seen on doorsteps and window sills of many households as decoration during the fall season, but they are also extremely delicious in various forms. Lucky for us, peak squash season is now! That means turn on your ovens and start roasting away! Here are my top five favorite squash dishes.
- Butternut Bisque
Back in high school — in the middle of October, after a long day of classes and cross-country practice — I would walk into my kitchen to the smell of butter, salt, and a hint of spice that would immediately make me want to wrap up in a cozy blanket. One of my all-time favorite fall squash dishes is this soup made with butternut squash. Try this simple recipe to get some delicious soup and make your kitchen smell like fall!
- Spaghetti Squash
Another favorite squash of mine is spaghetti squash. This fun squash quickly turns from solid to spaghetti-like strands after roasting it for about 45 minutes. You could use it as a substitute for pasta for a low-carb pasta dish or top with some cheese for some quick comfort food. This is one of my favorite spaghetti squash recipes for fall if you are looking for some inspiration.
- Acorn Squash
For a quick fall squash dish, pick up some acorn squash and toss it in the oven for about 50 minutes. Then, to finish it off, add a drop of butter, drizzle with some maple syrup, and sprinkle with salt. This simple, quick dish gives you your daily vegetable with a fall-like twist.
- Roasted Squash
One of my favorite ways to get my vegetable fix is to roast them. Almost every week, I pick up a mixture of vegetables at the grocery store, chop them up, drizzle them with olive oil, and roast on them on high for about 35 minutes. They are so delicious when warm or stored in the refrigerator to add to a salad for later. Try adding brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and (of course) squash to make a delicious tray of roasted veggies!
- Stuffed Squash
Finally, one last way to enjoy some fall squash is to stuff it! Try various ground meets or more vegetables with a little sauce for a well-rounded, quick meal. I have tried this with both spaghetti squash and acorn squash, and both were a hit! This is the most recent recipe I have made, and I highly recommend it.
Don’t be afraid to give one of these squash dishes a try! I am sure that you will like it more than you would have thought. They are healthy, simple, and really encompass all the senses of fall. Just be careful cutting the squashes; it is harder than it appears!