'Tis the season for pumpkin spice, but why does pumpkin get all the love? While we love this classic cucurbita, butternut squash might be one of our perennial favorite winter squashes. Butternut has a creamy sweetness that pumpkin just can't bring to the table, and that's why for Meatless Monday, we're bringing you some of our favorite recipes for butternut squash, be it baked, puréed or roasted.
Butternut squash is positively delicious when stuffed, and it's an easy idea for Meatless Monday. Split in half, a butternut squash makes two hearty portions for easy serving. This stuffed butternut squash recipe features a couscous, zucchini, and goat cheese filling flavored with garlic and fresh herbs. The secret here is actually steaming the couscous inside the squash so that it soaks up all the flavors. We love to separate the halves once they're cooked and stick them under the broiler for just a few minutes to get a nice, crispy layer on top.
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Nothing says fall like a homey soup recipe, and this completely vegan butternut squash soup is no exception. Our version takes advantage of a few techniques to bring out a whole lot of flavor: a roasted garlic and butternut squash purée forms the base, which is then thickened with creamy coconut milk and seasoned with nutmeg, nutritional yeast, and rosemary. Scatter some squash seeds over the top for a bit of crunch.
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Nothing is simpler and more satisfying than the classic pairing of winter squash and sage. That's what this butternut squash pasta recipe is all about: a creamy butternut squash sauce thickened with butter and parmesan and the earthy flavor of fresh sage will make this a new favorite.
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Just because the weather's getting cooler doesn't mean all your recipes need to be heavier comfort foods. This winter salad combines roasted butternut squash, quinoa, cabbage, kale, and apples, along with a host of other colorful fruits and vegetables, to get you all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy through the winter. Of course, the fact that it's so delicious and colorful is just another plus.
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