November 15, 2013

How to Roast a Winter Squash

How to Roast a Winter Squash

Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds.  Place cut side down in the baking dish with 1/4" of water. Roast in a 400 degree F oven for one hour. Give or take 15 minutes and 50 degrees.  Turn squash over to reveal soft flesh. Season with a little butter, salt and pepper. 

Why roast a Winter Squash

Looking for a way to cut carbs or calories? Looking for ways to eat more veggies or utilize more local produce? Replace pasta, mashed potatoes, tortillas or other starchy sides with squash. Serve food inside a half of a squash. Let the squash soak up the sauce instead of using bread. Bonus: on chilly winter evenings, serving food inside a freshly baked squash half keeps the food warmer longer. 

Common types of winter squash include butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash. 

Don't knock it 'til you try it:
Serve seasoned taco meat in a roasted spaghetti squash half. Top with shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa.