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Healthy Winter Squash Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Turkey & Squash Soup

This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a little kick from crushed red pepper and some zing from fresh lime juice. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (instead of the cutlets); dice it and add a few minutes before serving. Serve with cornbread.

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Penne with Braised Squash & Greens

This chunky sauce is laced with chard and accented with smoked tofu. Convenient packages of peeled and diced butternut squash are available in most supermarkets in the fall and winter.

» Penne with Braised Squash & Greens

Mashed Maple Squash

Acorn squash makes a sweet substitute for potatoes in this easy mash. Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to get all the seeds and stringy fibers out of the inside of the squash.

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Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Cumin and chili powder season a filling of turkey sausage, tomatoes, black beans and Swiss cheese for creamy acorn squash. Serve this stuffed squash with warmed corn tortillas for wrapping up bites of all the tasty ingredients.

» Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Squash Tea Bread

Pureed winter squash, honey and sugar give this tea bread a round, rich sweetness. It's terrific warm with a little pat of butter for breakfast, snack or even dessert and of course afternoon tea, if you're so inclined.

» Squash Tea Bread

Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

A richly flavored caramelized shallot-cider sauce turns baked butternut squash rounds into a beautiful starter or side dish for a fall party.

» Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Apples add just a hint of sweetness to this velvety pumpkin soup. Try it as a delightful first course for a special meal.

» Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup


Settle in with these healthy winter squash recipes.

From grocery stores to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), there are hard squash in the fall, harbingers of the winter ahead. Squash appeals to our instinct to settle in, to create hearty meals that will get us through the coming chill. Store winter squash in a cool spot with good air circulation (not the refrigerator, but a cool pantry or cellar) for up to 1 month. They will nourish you through the winter: one cup of cooked winter squash has few calories (around 80) but is high in both vitamin A (214 percent of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33 percent), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate. So settle in and enjoy these healthy winter squash recipes from EatingWell.

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