I don’t know about you guys, but when I think about fall, I think about root vegetables, squashes, and those deep colored cozy salads and comfort foods.
Squash is definitely one of my favorite fall foods and there are so many ways to cook squash. And, so many squash choices to choose from.
Am I right? I’ve rounded up a bunch from my fellow dietitian friends and a few others. Let’s try to break them all down in this post!
Squash Nutrition Facts
Winter Squash are full of antioxidants, like alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Squash is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, manganese, fiber, potassium and much more. And best of all, like pumpkin seeds, you can roast squash seeds.
So, I’ve rounded up a bunch of yummy ones for you to choose from (or, eat them all). Many of these would make great additions to your Thanksgiving assortment.
And, I’ve separated it by type of squash to make your browsing easier.
Acorn squash is commonly green on the outside with a single splotch of orange on the side or top. It is shaped like an acorn. Of all the winter squash, acorn squash is typically the most perishable so try to use it within a few weeks of buying!
Acorn Squash and Lentil Egg Bake via Emily Kyle Nutrition
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sage Lentils via Sharon Palmer
Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash via Abbey’s Kitchen
Acorn Squash Breakfast Bowl via Amy Beth Shen
Fall Harvest Snack Board via Fork in the Road
Wild Rice and Acorn Squash Wedge Salad via CIT Nutritionally
Brown Butter Acorn Squash Pasta via How to Eat
Smoky Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash via Sinful Nutrition
Acorn Squash and Quinoa Salad with POM Dressing via Nutrition a la Natalie
Butternut squash is one of my favorites! It boasts a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. The butternut refers to a golden tan yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. It becomes sweeter when it’s ripe and boasts an array of nutrients, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, potassium and fiber. It’s great roasted and in soups and casseroles!
Butternut Squash and Kale Pita Pizza via RDelicious Kitchen
Butternut Squash, Beet and Barley Salad with Apple Maple Vinaigrette via Bucket List Tummy
Spicy Butternut Squash and Pear Soup via Nutrition Starring You
Panera CopyCat Autumn Squash Soup via Byte Sized Nutrition
Sage and Butternut Squash Risotto via Erica Julson
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin via Whitney RD
Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna via Kara Lydon
Coconut Cumin Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash via The Delicious Crescent
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries via Eat Real Live Well
Orzo Butternut Squash and White Beans via Jenny Shea Rawn
Delicata squash are cream colored with green stripes, often long and oval shaped. They are usually baked, but can also be microwaved, sauteed or steamed.
Vegan Delicata Squash Cassoulet via Rachael Hartley Nutrition
Roasted Delicata Squash Apple Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar via Small Bites by Jessica
Roasted Rosemary Delicata Squash via Garnish with Lemon
Super Simple Stuffed Delicata Squash via Kim’s Cravings
Delicata Squash Tacos with Black Beans via Naturally Ella
Kabocha Squash is also known as the Japanese pumpkin and is perfect for roasting, pureeing and stuffing. It is known to resemble sweet potatoes in flavor.
Kabocha Squash with Garlic Yogurt Sauce via Chelseas Healthy Kitchen
Roasted Kabocha Squash Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing via Rachael Hartley Nutrition
Curried Kabocha Squash Soup via Will Cook for Friends
Polenta Pizza with Kabocha Squash and Kale via Lemons and Basil
Whipped Kabocha Squash with Vanilla Bean and Nutmeg via The View from Great Island
Spaghetti squash is another favorite, great for substituting or resembling pasta and spaghetti! Interestingly enough, the orange varieties have higher contents of carotene (antioxidants). When cooked, the internal flesh softens and can be pulled out, resembling spaghetti.
Spaghetti Squash Vermicelli Chicken Biryani via The Delicious Crescent
Spaghetti Squash with Plum Tomato and Lentil Bolognese via Eat Real Live Well
Vegetarian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats via Bucket List Tummy
Spaghetti Squash Broccoli Chicken Alfredo Bake via Nutrition to Fit
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai via A Whisk and Two Wands
Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash via Amy Gorin
Beef Ragu over Spaghetti Squash via The Nutrition Adventure
Spaghetti Squash Gratin via How to Eat
Will you be having squash at your Thanksgiving gathering?
What’s your favorite squash?