This month, buy in-season butternut squash and incorporate it into delicious, easy recipes.
You can save big when you shop for in-season vegetables. This month try healthy butternut squash. It’s filling and packed
with fiber and antioxidants – for just 50¢ and 40 calories a serving.
Try it in soups, salads, pastas or treats such as pies, cakes and muffins.
Look for unblemished matte (not shiny) squash that feels heavy for it’s size. Don’t refrigerate; for up to three months, keep it in a cool dry, well-ventilated place.
Get tender, sweet squash ready in no time with these tips.
First, start by using a sharp knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and stringy fibers with a tablespoon.
Place the halves, cut side down, in a large baking dish and fill with water. Bake at 375° F until easily pierced with a knife,
about 30 minutes.
Remove from baking dish, let cool, scoop out flesh with a large spoon and mash with a potato masher. This yields about 1 cup mashed squash per pound.
Cut in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds and fibers. Use a shard vegetable peeler to peel both halves and cut into cubes. Serve them roasted or boiled.
Cost per serving: $1.14
Take advantage of the season's plentiful gourd selection and quickly transform butternut squash into this rich, creamy soup.
See recipe: Squash Soup with Whole-Grain Croutons
Cost per serving: $1.13
Everyone will be so impressed that you made your own ravioli, there's no need to tell them your secret ingredient (shh―it’s wonton skins).
See recipe: Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage
Cost per serving: 87¢
Take advantage of seasonal (and cheap) vegetables like butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes for a delicious and easy side dish.
See recipe: Roasted Winter Vegetables
Cost per serving: 38¢
This savory dish gets a little sweetness from drizzled maple syrup. When shopping, look for pure maple syrup—bottles labeled "pancake syrup" contain corn syrup and artificial flavoring and are too sweet for this recipe.
See recipe: Sugar-Baked Acorn Squash