Cooking with beautiful and hearty winter squash brings much needed variety (and beautiful color) to fall and winter meals. Packed with fiber and low in calories, this versatile veggie lends itself well to a variety of cuisines. We’ve selected five delicious winter squash recipes for you to try. Pick up one of the many varieties of winter squash now available (hubbard, kabocha, carnival and acorn, to name a few) and get cooking.
Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash1 of 6
Photo/Recipe courtesy of WholeLivingLauren
It's amazing that WholeLivingLauren was able to pack so much goodness into one little squash. We love that instead of using another carbohydrate, she decided to fill the fiber-rich squash with protein-rich chickpeas and vegetables rather than rice or another grain, creating a more balanced meal.
Thai Butternut Squash Soup2 of 6
Photo/Recipe courtesy of TheCleverCarrot
In this flavorful dish, TheCleverCarrot combines Thai aromatics with butternut squash and coconut milk for a creamy and healthy soup. Coconut milk is full of iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, and the addition of lentils in this soup adds protein and texture, making it a quick and wholesome meal.
Autumn Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash3 of 6
Photo/Recipe courtesy of TheJamLab
A colorful and tasty combination of healthy whole grains, protein-packed feta, crunchy hazelnuts, caramelized squash and tart pomegranate seeds make the perfect fall salad. We love the punch the homemade red-wine vinaigrette adds, bringing all the flavors together.
Farro Risotto with Squash, Mushroom and Kale4 of 6
Photo/Recipe courtesy of Saritwish
A genius (and healthy) riff on classic risotto. Saritwish amps up the nutritional content with the addition of protein-rich farro and swaps out the traditional mascarpone cheese for sweet and creamy roasted squash.
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sautéed Mushrooms5 of 6
Photo/Recipe courtesy of Vanille_Verte
In this stunning (grain & dairy free) dish, Vanille_Verte cleverly creates ravioli out of lightly cooked butternut squash rounds. By cooking the squash for just a few minutes, the powerful antioxidant properties and vitamins in the squash are better preserved. She then adds a delicious filling and perfectly sautéed mushrooms for a nutritious and impressive meal.