Tip of the Day
This time of year squash is everywhere, especially butternut squash. It's on menus, in the produce aisles and even decorating our homes. Preparing butternut squash can be intimidating to some, but it is actually easier than it seems.
To prepare butternut squash, all you need to do is peel the skin (or it can be roasted with the skin on) and scoop out the seeds like you would a cantaloupe.
This staple of the fall season contains fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and C. It can be prepared in a wide variety of ways:
- Roasted, baked or steamed, and served plain or with a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning
- Pureed into soups and stews
- Diced or cubed in risotto
- Mashed and stuffed with fresh grated Parmesan in ravioli
- Pureed and used to boost the nutrition of kids’ favorite dishes, like macaroni and cheese
- Cooked with the skin on and used as a serving bowl for soups and stews.
Visit www.KidsEatRight.org for delicious recipes using butternut squash such as Roasted Squash Trio and Better Mac and Cheese.
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Reviewed July 2013