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All about Butternut Squash!

From soups to stews, casseroles to roasted chunks, butternut squash adds a sweet nutty taste to your dishes. It not only is fabulous in savory but works great as a component inside muffins and pies.

A few fun facts you may not know!

  1. Butternut squash is a member of the gourd family! It’s cousins are the pumpkin and the courgettes
  2. It is in season from July through to December and is classified as a hearty autumn vegetable
  3. Butternut squash is one of the longest keeping vegetables! If you store them properly, they will last up to 3 months (keep them in a cold area, free from moisture!

All about Nutrition!

Did you know this fall vegetable is packed with a ton of nutrients? Here are some of the highlights . . .

  • Butternut squash is naturally low in sodium
  • This gourd is low in fat and contains few calories
  • It’s a fabulous source of carbohydrates (the good, hearty complex kind) so it’ll keep you fuller faster, giving you energy in a slower more sustainable pattern
  • Antioxidant Alert! This peachy friend is a rich source of these healthy nutrients!

Get Cookin’!

Get a hold of your Do You Bake? spices! We’ve got a few simple and delicious ways to use them with your butternut squash!

Roast It! : Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of sinfully cinnamon a pinch of salt and pepper and 3 to 4 teaspoons of butter. Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and pulp. Place the squash halves on a large baking sheet, flesh side up. Place 1 – 2 teaspoons of butter in the middle of each squash. Sprinkle your salt, pepper and sinfully cinnamon over each. Roast 25 minutes at 400 degrees F, until flesh is fork-tender. YUMM!

Stew It! Pick up a package of Do You Bake? Don’t Stew Over it Slow Cooker Mix and add 1 1/2 cups of chunks of squash to your stew!

Garlic it Up! Cube the butternut squash and toss the cubes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of Do You Bake? For the Love of Garlic, a dash of pepper and a dash of salt. Place the cubes on a foil lined or parchment lined baking sheet. Spread evenly to form one layer. Cook 400 degrees F for 20 – 30 minutes until tender.  Remove from oven, turn on the broiler and broil for 30 seconds to 60 seconds for slightly crisp edges

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