Squash – a – Rama!

 
Winter squash is plentiful and affordable this time of the year.  Many roadside farm stands offer a colorful assortment. Some are used as pretty decorations, while others are edible and nutritious.  Inside, a vivid orange or yellow flesh lets us know they are high in vitamin A. Fall and winter squash also benefit from having a much longer shelf life than most fruits and vegetables.  With proper storage, an intact (whole) squash can last up to six months in 50-68 degree room, making storage outside of the refrigerator ideal. Once it has been cut open, cubed squash will keep in the refrigerator for five days.

Safety Tip! Do not be intimidated by their tough exterior.  If a squash seems too tough to peel or cut safely, poke a few holes in it with a fork and place it in the microwave for three minutes.  Allow it to cool and you can peel and cut as needed for soups, bakes, and other recipes. 

Complementary to either sweet or savory autumn dishes, try this Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
 
Other ways to enjoy:

Slice an acorn squash into wedges and arrange in a baking dish.  Spray lightly in non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with cinnamon or chili powder and roast at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes.  Consider cubing and roasting other types of squash such as butternut, sugar pumpkin, or delicata.

Eat the seeds too! As you are cleaning the squash, you can clean excess flesh from the seeds and rinse well in a colander.  Per cup of seeds, toss with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.  Sprinkle lightly with salt or your favorite seasoning.  Spread on a baking dish and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to help them dry evenly.  Allow to cool and enjoy as a snack or topping on soups and salads!

Need an idea for spaghetti squash?  Try this: Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Basil and Parmesan

Did you know Pumpkin is a winter squash?  Look for pumpkins labeled as sugar or pie pumpkins, or buy canned.  Kids of all ages love making this Pumpkin Parfait as a healthy sweet treat.  They can even take pumpkin for lunch with this Pumpkin Peanut Butter Sandwich!

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