The second it starts getting a bit chilly, there's one word (okay, two) on everyone's lips: pumpkin spice. But we're moving beyond that stereotypical flavor to something even tastier (and all-natural). Butternut squash is creamier and slightly sweeter than pumpkin, making it a surefire favorite in fall dishes. These butternut squash recipes unite the winter squash with other seasonal vegetables for comfort food dishes that are perfect for Meatless Monday.
This butternut squash pizza recipe makes a genius change to more traditional pizzas by replacing the tomato sauce with freshly made butternut squash purée. Atop this slightly sweet, garlicky base go broccolini, red onion, and chickpeas, along with a few herbs and spices. Your choice of crust and vegan cheese complete this dish, which we're sure will become a family favorite.
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Whether you're looking for a Meatless Monday appetizer or simple, light supper option to serve alongside a green salad, these butternut squash crostini are a surefire hit. A slightly zesty cashew cheese made with fresh lemon juice is topped with a simple butternut squash purée that lets the flavor of the vegetable shine through. A bit of fresh thyme is the finishing touch these crostini need.
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Thinking that mac and cheese just doesn't fly with a plant-based way of life? Think again -- this vegan mac and cheese gets its orange color and creamy texture from butternut squash and its cheesy flavor thanks to a homemade cashew cheese flavored with lemon juice, mustard, garlic powder, and spices. It's a much healthier alternative to the comfort food favorite, but we promise -- it's kid-friendly!
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What list of butternut squash recipes would be complete without a soup? Butternut squash lends itself particularly well to creamy soups, given its smooth texture. This soup also brings out the best in its flavor by roasting the butternut squash with garlic before puréeing it with coconut milk, nutmeg, and nutritional yeast. The resulting soup is flavorful and full of umami.
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