Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

Find healthy, delicious winter squash recipes including butternut, acorn and spaghetti. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Cheesy Spinach-&-Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 4.31 stars
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This spaghetti-squash-for-pasta swap slashes both carbs and calories by 75 percent for a delicious, creamy casserole you can feel good about eating. It's worth roasting the squash versus cooking it in the microwave if you have the time: the flavor gets sweeter and more intense.

Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

Rating: 4.6 stars
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This creamy, veggie-packed chicken dinner comes together easily in your slow-cooker-and makes enough for another night's casserole (see associated recipe)!

Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Rating: 4.85 stars
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This low-carb riff on classic lasagna layers mushrooms and tomato sauce with spaghetti squash noodles instead of lasagna pasta. Make the layers right in the shell of the spaghetti squash and top with mozzarella cheese for a melty top and fun presentation. Serve with a green salad and a glass of Chianti for an easy, healthy dinner.

Flat-Belly Soup

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This vegan soup recipe is chock-full of colorful vegetables. All those veggies give this soup plenty of fiber, upping the satisfaction factor while keeping calories low, which can aid in weight loss and lead to--yes--a flatter belly. Vibrant turmeric adds a golden color to the flavorful broth, while cumin and ginger give it a bright, fresh finish. And the best part? This healthy soup recipe takes only 20 minutes, start to finish!

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Strands of tender squash replace pasta for a more flavorful version of spaghetti pie casserole. Not to mention, spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to pasta and saves more than 150 calories per serving compared to a traditional recipe. A sprinkling of nutty fontina cheese melts into a gooey topping.

Colorful Roasted Sheet-Pan Veggies

Rating: 4.67 stars
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These easy roasted vegetables will give your plate a pop of color. Give the cubes of butternut squash a head start for 10 minutes to soften in the oven before adding in the other veggies. The broccoli, peppers and onion are naturally more tender than the butternut squash and cook more quickly. That way everything ends up finishing at the same time.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini

Rating: 4.39 stars
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In this low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe, garlicky broccolini, spaghetti squash and cheese are combined for a healthy take on a favorite casserole. This bakes right in the squash shells for a fun presentation. Serve with a big Caesar salad and some warm and crusty whole-grain bread.

Squash & Red Lentil Curry

Rating: 4.37 stars
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This healthy red lentil curry recipe has a rich flavor and complexity that tastes like it takes hours to prepare. Butternut squash and coconut milk combine with the lentils to make a hearty vegetarian dish. Serve with brown rice or naan bread.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash

Rating: 4 stars
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The sweetness of the butternut squash tames the kick from cayenne in this healthy turkey chili, making this easy crock pot chili just right for kids and adults alike, whether for weeknight dinners or tailgating parties. For those who prefer a spicier chili, just pass hot sauce at the table. This chili also freezes well, so save leftovers for hearty and healthy dinners and lunches for weeks to come.

Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats

Rating: 4.13 stars
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Spaghetti squash stuffed with ground turkey taco filling, pico de gallo and chopped avocado is a fun alternative on family taco night. This recipe is sure to please the kids (omit the spices if your children are sensitive to spices) and perfect for a family dinner.

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto

Rating: 4.36 stars
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Looking at a tangle of spaghetti squash tricks your brain into thinking you're about to eat a serving of eggy noodles, when in fact, you get a nice calorie and carb savings in this healthy recipe. Giving tomatoes a stint in a hot oven makes them candy-sweet.

Pizza-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 4.2 stars
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Skip the dough and stuff all of your favorite pizza toppings into spaghetti squash boats for a fun and healthy dinner that'll please the whole family. We love the combination of mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoni and mozzarella, but feel free to mix it up with your favorite pizza ingredients. You could throw in a bit of chopped cooked broccoli, for example, or add some olives or chopped artichoke hearts. And of course feel free to omit the pepperoni to make the dish vegetarian. Round out the meal with a simple salad.
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Our 25 Best Spaghetti Squash Recipes

These spaghetti squash recipes are the best for a reason. Not only are they delicious and flavorful, but they’re healthy too! Spaghetti squash is a great lower-carb and lower-calorie swap for grains like pasta or rice. We pack recipes like Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna and Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats with plenty of protein and vegetables to create dinners that are tasty and filling.

26 Butternut Squash Recipes for Weight Loss

Add a healthy seasonal vegetable to your table with these butternut squash recipes. Butternut squash is full of nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C. It’s also low in calories and high in fiber, which is great if you’re looking to slim down. Whether it’s a side dish or the main meal, recipes like Roasted Butternut Squash & Root Vegetables and Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash are nutritious and flavorful.

Butternut Squash Soup with Avocado & Chickpeas

Rating: 4.4 stars
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Jazz up a can of soup by adding protein with chickpeas and flavor with curry powder. Stir in a little Greek yogurt to make it creamy.