This was one of those random blog posts that only came about because Dominic had just served me up some beautiful butternut squash. I mean butternut squash is truly amazing and is something that everyone should eat as part of their diet.
I have mentioned about butternut squash before just because I love it so, so much. But with me writing this at lunch time it felt very fitting for the moment.
So what could you actually do with butternut squash instead of just boiling it and serving it up with your meat?
Well here are five ways that I love to make my butternut squash so if you have them in season where you live, then go and grab some and get cooking:
#1 – Butternut Squash & Leek Soup
Now this is an experiment gone well! I never really planned this I was just messing around with my new soup machine and this is what happened. If you want an alternative to carbs for your potato and leek soup this is it. Simply lose the potatoes and you have that winning formula.
#2 – Roasted Butternut Squash
This has to be one of the most underrated and unused roastie option I have ever come across and is also super healthy at the same time.
I can’t take credit for this as it has been around a while, just not that many people know about it.
In a nutshell you would chop a butternut squash in half, and then season it with salt and pepper. Then bake it in the oven for half an hour on a medium heat. Then you are done. And wow it tastes amazing and it was what I was eating that prompted this post!
#3 – Roasted Butternut Squash With More Effort
Okay so with number 2 it’s a case of slicing it in half and baking it. Well if you think of how popular potatoes are when they are stuffed and roasted then use the same concept with butternut squash.
Simply chop them in half, remove the stone and the seeds and bits you don’t eat (though keep the skin) then you have a lovely little hole where the stone and the seeds used to be.
Now fill this up with some bolognaise and a little grated cheddar and then bake it. You then have a super tasty dish for a lot less calories than a jacket potato and so much better for you.
#4 – Butternut Squash Mash
Now this is tasty and in many ways you can do to a butternut squash what you would do to a potato. This came about because with moving to Portugal we very rarely get swede to make swede and mash with, But if you mash a butternut squash up with some salt and pepper it tastes more or less the same.
We now have this on a regular basis on our dinner plate when we have a roast dinner!
#5 – Carb Free Butternut Squash
With the paleo diet being the most popular diet right now, you have to think that butternut squash makes a fantastic carbs alternative. I love carbs and do eat them regularly but they do tend to make me feel tired and bloated, especially if they are in the middle of the working day, so as an alternative you can use butternut squash as your meals alternative.
Here are a few ways I love them:
- Butternut Squash Wedges
- Butternut Squash Fries
- Butternut Squash Cottage Pie
And to be honest, there are endless more ways but out of this list my all time favourite is #2 where you have very simply roasted it.
Before you go here is some more information about how good butternut squash is and if you are bored of potatoes then give it a go: