Pumpkins, apples, chili and football tend to get all the glory during the fall season, but I’m crazy about all the winter squash varieties that pop up at supermarkets and local farmers markets. Although they’re called winter squash, these vegetables are actually harvested during the fall and made available throughout the colder months, thus the name. Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, and sugar pumpkins are just a few examples of winter squash. These squash are generally low in fat and give a hearty boost to any meal. Spice up your squash veggie game with the following 22 recipe ideas.
*Quick tips for choosing a ripe winter squash. Unlike summer squash, winter squash have hard, thick, inedible skins. Look for a squash that doesn’t have cuts, scratches, or soft spots. The skin should also be dull, not shiny.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH RECIPES
Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – All the taste of spaghetti without the traditional noodle…you won’t miss them though!
“Pasta” Primavera – Shrimp, “pasta”, and sundried tomatoes. Yes, please!
Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs -- *Meatballs are great to make in large batches and freeze. You can then simply take out however many meatballs you need and heat them on the stove for an easy, quick add to tons of recipes. I even love to just eat meatballs with some tomato sauce, garlic, and crushed red pepper for a quick lunch. BONUS: Try our Paleo Meatball recipe too!
Deconstructed Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai – I’ve never thought to use spaghetti squash in an Asian dish. Definitely will be adding this to my menu plan in the next few weeks!
Paleo Spaghetti Squash Casserole – I’ve made a similar version with crumbled hot Italian sausage. Totally delicious!
Spaghetti Squash Fritters – How delicious would these be for breakfast?
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Butter – In college before my Paleo days, one of my favorite easy, cheap, go to dinners was spaghetti with butter and parmesan cheese. Now you can simply omit the parmesan to make this 100% Paleo. Don’t be afraid to get creative with this simple recipe. How delicious would bacon be with the butter and garlic!?!? Oh my!!!
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash -- *This is seriously the easiest way to cook spaghetti squash. No more waiting on the squash to cook for what may seem like an eternity in the oven after a long day of work or running the kids around. --
Spaghetti Squash with Basil-Parsley Pesto and Sautéed Shrimp
Sausage, Kale, and Spaghetti Squash Boats
Bacon Beef Butternut Squash
Paleo Baked Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash Ice Cream – I must admit that this is one of those recipes that sounds so weird that I may just have to try it. Butternut squash ice cream? Will you give it a go?
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup
Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Kale
Crispy Roasted Butternut Squash
Healthy Butternut Squash “Risotto”
I’m definitely going to have to get my hands on some acorn squash at next week’s farmers market. These recipes have me wanting to experiment!
Herb Crusted Acorn Squash
Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash Fries
Acorn Squash Paleo Wraps – Sometimes I crave a good old-fashioned tortilla and
a lettuce wrap just won’t satisfy that craving. Have you experimented with any alternative tortilla recipes?