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So you think you don't like Butternut Squash...

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Butternut squash is the most popular among winter squash varieties and it is certainly mine too. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. The folate found in butternut squash adds yet another boost to its heart-healthy reputation and helps guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects such as spina bifida.

The orange color signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as carotenoids, shown to protect against heart disease. In particular, butternut squash provides very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A), identified as a deterrent against breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration, as well as a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses and newborns. A 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

Butternut squash can be prepared in both savory as well as a sweet dishes. You can roast butternut squash, you can make butternut squash soup (one of my favorites), or you can do something different and make these:

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Roasted Butternut Squash, Balsamic Caramelized onion, Sriracha Mayo Sandwich

Butternut Squash Risotto

Baked Butternut Squash and Cheese Polenta

Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Enchiladas


Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry

Pasta Pan-Fried with Butternut Squash, Fried Sage, and Pine Nuts

Roasted Butternut Squash & Balsamic Sauce Recipe for Pasta (& More)

Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas


Harvest Pie

Steamed Butternut Squash Pudding

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEOWMAMA3 10/19/2013 9:56PM

    OMG Yvonne, THE mother lode of butternut squash recipes! Dee-lish!
Those enchiladas are definitely a keeper. That website is awesome, never saw it before, thanks!

Glad to see you back online....I have strayed but am working my way back too.

Also just read your about your trip to AC (you know how much I love AC!!!!!)
and about your counseling. I'm glad you're getting support, I can't even begin to imagine how your life has gone completely topsy turvy this past year. Hang in there and keep on climbing girl!

emoticon emoticon right back atcha!

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REBELBLITZ 10/19/2013 2:46PM

    Wow! Those recipes made me hungry and I just had lunch.

Thanks for sharing. Cheryl


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KNH771 10/16/2013 5:58PM

    I'm going to have to try some of these... I have trouble getting my potassium...

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IMEMINE1 10/12/2013 8:44PM

    These look yummy.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/11/2013 1:11PM

    Man your making my mouth water. emoticon

I can just picture a raw butternut squash and sage soup with a dollup of cashew sour kream. emoticon

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MNNICE 10/11/2013 11:03AM

    I love squash but I need to learn which is which -- butternut, acorn, buttercup, spaghetti. I was served sticks of raw squash with veggie dip one time and that works, too!

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VELVETLADY1950 10/10/2013 11:11PM

    Thank you for sharing. Sound wonderful.. Glad to see you. Velvet emoticon closest I could get to butternut.. emoticon

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MZADAMS 10/10/2013 2:15PM

    Awesome Recipes! Must try at least two!!! Thanks

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WILDFLOWER521 10/10/2013 12:18PM

    You have officially made my tummy grumble emoticon

Now I just need to go buy some butternut squash and figure out how to cut it and all that good stuff seeing as I've never cooked with it before.

My aunt used to make a mean butternut squash casserole. I might have to do some internet searching.

Thanks for all the great recipes!!!!

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SANDBBAR 10/10/2013 10:48AM

  Wow, these recipes look awesome!! Thanks so much for posting! emoticon

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JACKIE542 10/10/2013 9:39AM

    Triple YUM!!

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WISLNDR 10/10/2013 5:19AM

    It's time to get some winter squash! Thanks for all the ideas!


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NEW-CAZ 10/10/2013 3:00AM

    emoticon YUM emoticon

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WILLOW49 10/9/2013 11:20PM

    Thanks for all of the recipes :) I do LOVE squash!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/9/2013 9:34PM

    I'm running to the store to go buy some right now!

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KIMPY225 10/9/2013 8:02PM

    Oh man - now I want to try all of that!! Thank you for sharing!!

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L*I*T*A* 10/9/2013 6:31PM

    emoticon yummmmmmmmmm

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WEDDWT 10/9/2013 6:04PM

    The squash pudding sounds delectable especially with the saboyan topping, but this is way too much prep, (4me), I would rather enjoy the butternut straight out of the oven without all the additional ingredients. It's yummy plain!

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ERIN1957 10/9/2013 5:55PM

    I loves me some butternut squash...loves it, loves it, loves it!

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    Wow, some of these recipes look really great. I especially would like to try to soup. Thanks for sharing all the info. I have actually been cooking a bit lately... LOL... maybe I'll give some of these a try. Time to change, right?!?! I hope that you are doing well.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/9/2013 5:19PM

    I am fairly new at enjoying Squash of any kind. These will come in handy and seem so delicous.

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