Today’s fresh focus
All about Butternut Squash!
From soups to stews, casseroles to roasted chunks, butternut squash adds a sweet nutty taste to your dishes. It not only is fabulous in savory but works great as a component inside muffins and pies.
A few fun facts you may not know!
- Butternut squash is a member of the gourd family! It’s cousins are the pumpkin and the courgettes
- It is in season from July through to December and is classified as a hearty autumn vegetable
- Butternut squash is one of the longest keeping vegetables! If you store them properly, they will last up to 3 months (keep them in a cold area, free from moisture!
All about Nutrition!
Did you know this fall vegetable is packed with a ton of nutrients? Here are some of the highlights . . .
- Butternut squash is naturally low in sodium
- This gourd is low in fat and contains few calories
- It’s a fabulous source of carbohydrates (the good, hearty complex kind) so it’ll keep you fuller faster, giving you energy in a slower more sustainable pattern
- Antioxidant Alert! This peachy friend is a rich source of these healthy nutrients!
Get a hold of your Do You Bake? spices! We’ve got a few simple and delicious ways to use them with your butternut squash!
Roast It! : Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of sinfully cinnamon a pinch of salt and pepper and 3 to 4 teaspoons of butter. Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and pulp. Place the squash halves on a large baking sheet, flesh side up. Place 1 – 2 teaspoons of butter in the middle of each squash. Sprinkle your salt, pepper and sinfully cinnamon over each. Roast 25 minutes at 400 degrees F, until flesh is fork-tender. YUMM!
Stew It! Pick up a package of Do You Bake? Don’t Stew Over it Slow Cooker Mix and add 1 1/2 cups of chunks of squash to your stew!
Garlic it Up! Cube the butternut squash and toss the cubes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of Do You Bake? For the Love of Garlic, a dash of pepper and a dash of salt. Place the cubes on a foil lined or parchment lined baking sheet. Spread evenly to form one layer. Cook 400 degrees F for 20 – 30 minutes until tender. Remove from oven, turn on the broiler and broil for 30 seconds to 60 seconds for slightly crisp edges