Better Butternut Squash Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable. I tell my kids that it's like vegetable candy, because roasting brings out its natural sweetness and reduces the need for sugar in our favorite fall deserts.
Consuming butternut squash adds fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and C to your diet. Here's an easy way to pick the perfect one at most stores. For maximum efficiency, roast extra squashes and freeze the extra flesh for later use. If you're short on time, just pick up some pre-cut Butternut Squash in the freezer section at your market. Another fun tip is to grind the seeds in a coffee or spice grinder and use as a natural thickening agent in soups and stews. 
Celebrate fall with these butternut squash recipes. 

Roasted Squash Soup
 (Video Recipe)
This soup is a perfect start to a meal or a great option for a healthy lunch.

Calories: 128.6   fat: 2.8 g   protein: 3.7 g   carbs: 25.6 g   fiber: 6.2 g

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut squash helps slim down this macaroni and cheese. You can't taste it, and it boosts the nutritional value of the dish!
Calories: 230   fat: 4.3 g   protein: 13.2 g   carbs: 35.8 g   fiber: 5.2 g

Turkey & Butternut Squash Risotto

Enjoy a complete meal in one dish. This is a great dish to use those Thanksgiving Day leftovers.
Calories: 401.3   fat: 11.4 g   protein: 22.1 g   carbs: 55.2 g   fiber: 4.5 g

Tofu-Squash Stew

This hearty stew is a great mix of fall flavors and perfect for a meatless meal. It's also very high in fiber, and the starchy butternut squash makes this a one-pot meal--no need for a side dish. 
Calories: 296   fat: 15.5 g   protein: 16.1 g   carbs: 30.1 g   fiber: 9.2 g

Quinoa with Butternut Squash

This recipe has crunch thanks to the pumpkin seeds, tons of antioxidants from the butternut squash, fiber and protein from the quinoa.
Calories: 367   fat: 10.1 g   protein: 10.1 g   carbs: 60.7 g   fiber: 5.4 g

Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

These muffins are a healthy treat to either start or end your day.
Calories: 91.9   fat: 1.9 g   protein: 3.2 g   carbs: 16.1 g   fiber: 2.7 g

Curried Lentil and Butternut Squash Salad

Lentils are a hearty and fiber-rich protein source. This recipe is a great option for a meat-free meal.
Calories: 148.4   fat: 6.5 g   protein: 5.5 g   carbs: 20.2 g   fiber: 6.8 g

Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Dip

Serve this dip a fall gathering or holiday celebration.
Calories: 33.4   fat: 0.5 g   protein: 0.9 g   carbs: 7.4 g   fiber: 0.4 g

Butternut Squash Goulash with Brown Rice

This recipe is perfect to serve on a cold winter’s night.
Calories: 209.9   fat: 4.7 g   protein: 7 g   carbs: 37.2 g   fiber: 4.6 g

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Butternut squash adds flavor and depth to the traditional gnocchi dish.
Calories: 206.9   fat: 1.6 g   protein: 7.2 g   carbs: 43.3 g   fiber: 6.3 g

What is your favorite butternut squash recipe? Which of these will you try? 

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I just picked up a butternut squash at the local produce stand. I have never tried it before but an excited to try one of the recipes out.
I'm with RumbleSeat. That picture drew me in and I would love to try that, but no recipe!? :( Report
Loved this it will be very helpful in learning different menus, great!! Spark Cheers. Report
Loved this it will be very helpful in learning different menus, great!! Spark Cheers. Report
Found something I can use here! In fact, several things!! Report
This is the second time they did this to me...I want to make the first dish pictured, but no recipe! Report
I just want to be able to save these recipes. wow I really need to plant more squash next year! Anyway looks yummy. Report
Even though I hate to cook, it looks good. Report
I definitely want to try the gnocchi recipe. Sounds fabulous to me. Report
What a tease! I was interested in the picture at the top of the article! Some great recipes, though. Report
Here are a couple of Spark recipes that might fit the bill for the top pic:

This one fits the look. The nutrition info is for a side dish size (half of what is pictured), and double that is for a main dish size (all of what is pictured) :

This one will look somewhat different, but has lower calories for the full size pictured:
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I'd like the recipe for the top picture as well. It seems everyone does, please post it if you have it. Report
I also would like to know what the recipe for the top picture is. Report
I was also looking for the recipe for the picture at the top of the recipe... Report
I've always been tempted to try it but my wife doesn't care for it. Report
What's the recipe for the one at the top of the story...the one that looks like a stuffed squash? Report
I am so happy to see this. I've been looking for some good recipes to try this squash and now I have them! Report