butternut squash

Ingredient Spotlight: Butternut Squash

By: Carly Chagas
November 24, 2017

Eat local this season with our ingredient spotlight of the month – butternut squash. Luckily for us here in Canada, it is available all fall and winter long. Winter squashes, including butternut squash, have officially become a staple in our kitchens. Squashes will last for weeks in a cool, dry place, so they are great to keep on hand all season without the fear of creating food waste.

Not only are they delicious in a variety of recipes, but they are incredibly healthy too! Butternut squash is a rich source of dietary fibre and phytonutrients. They have high levels of vitamin A, a natural antioxidant, and rich in B vitamins.


Butternut Squash Recipes

We wanted to share some of our favourite recipes featuring butternut squash! Butternut squash is versatile and can be used in a range of dishes from main dishes, side dishes and soups.

Cutting up a butternut squash can be a bit of a daunting task. If you don’t enjoy preparing it, consider trying our Butternut Squash soup! Our soup is made from butternut squash grown locally in Southwestern Ontario. You can even use our soup for recipes like our Butternut Squash curry! Otherwise, check out the recipes below:

Mexican Stuffed Butternut Squash – This recipe is a fiesta in itself! The Mexican flavours pair really well with the hearty squash. The best part? The squash creates a bowl so it limits the amount of dishes used at dinner!

Hassleback Butternut Squash – This dish is perfect for entertaining. It is fairly easy to prepare and the end result is beautiful!

Butternut Squash Fritters – Perfect for chilly morning brunches.

Butternut Squash, Apple and Leek Soup – Last but certainly not least, a soup recipe from one of our favourite Canadian bloggers.


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