So why are we going over how to perfectly roasted butternut squash?
Almost every time I teach a cooking class, I roast vegetables.
When I’m in need of a quick way to make a meal stand out, I use roasted vegetables.
When I aim to reallly elevate the flavor of a vegetable and make it rich and decadent, I roast it.
You’ve probably guessed by now that we’re talking roasted vegetables today, more specifically Butternut Squash (Perfectly Roasted Butternut Squash, to be exact), an easy to find fall staple loaded with vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and magnesium.
This little (or big, depending on where you get it) winter squash is one of my favorite ingredients in everything from soups to tacos and has a shelf life of THREE MONTHS if it’s fresh.
I don’t normally type in all caps, but I really wanted to emphasize that one.
What an epic ingredient to keep around for both flavor and shelf life.
Today we’re going through how to achieve perfectly roasted butternut squash & 6 ways to use it. Hint: it’s a lovely substitute in recipes if you’re not on board with the Pumpkin Spice propaganda every fall. As a puree, it does really well-replacing anything pumpkin or sweet potato, as it’s in season early fall through late winter.
First up, some tips on how to shop for the best butternut squash:
- They tend to be readily available at farmers markets, check there first to support your local farmers
- Ripe butternut squash should have no green spots, skin that is matte and beige, feel heavy, and sound hollow (give it a knock)
- Though it’s available year-round, the taste will be best in the late fall and throughout winter.
Once you master the roasting, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate butternut squash into easy meals
- Tacos (I’m putting this one first because, tacos). These roasted butternut squash and portobello mushroom tacos are the bomb.com.
- Wraps (it would be epic subbed into these Black Bean Jalapeno Rainbow Wraps)
- Grain bowls + Salads
- Soups, Chilis, + Curries
- Sub for pumpkin or sweet potato in smoothies, baking, and sauces (you could even sub it for a breakfast hash, like this one)
- Pasta + Pizza
That’s all for now.
Did I miss any Butternut Squash roasting tips or recipes that you’re crazy about? Tell me below, or on Instagram.
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