Are you ready for the best time of the year! There so many varieties of winter squash to enjoy. Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash are all my favorites.
It is peak squash season. Squash at its peak will be full of favor and serious nutrients. Buy and eating veggies in season also means that you save money. Here are just a few reasons why squash is so good for your body, mind, and soul:
If you think that winter squash is just a starchy, high-carb veggie, think again. It is a powerhouse loaded with vitamins and minerals that we need.
How to select and store your squash
Look for ones that are firm and heavy for their size. The rind will be dull, not glossy. The rind should also be relatively hard. Soft rinds may indicate that the squash will be watery and lacking in flavor. Avoid squash that is showing signs of decay. Winter squash has a much longer storage life than summer squash. Most winter squash can be stored for at least a week if not longer. Store in a cabinet or out the counter.
Simple Cooking Method
If you are new to cooking winter squash, a quick and easy method is to steam. This method works well for butternut, acorn, and pumpkin. You will first need to remove the hard outer shell. There are tons of videos on-line to show you how. You can also find pre-cut butternut at most stores. Once you have it peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes. Then steam for 7 minutes till fork-tender. I like to cook my spaghetti squash in my Instant Pot.
Simple easy uses for your cooked squash
If you are ready for winter squash to be the star of your meals, check out this recipe collection.
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