Butternut squash is one hardworking vegetable. It's the star of so many fall recipes, and because it keeps for such a long time, it's a favorite winter ingredient, too. If stored in a cool place (55-60 degrees Fahrenheit), whole butternut squash will keep for up to three months.

Breakfast

  • Butternut Squash Muffins: You don't even have to cut the skin off the squash to make these muffins. Everything but the seeds go into a food processor and then get added to the muffin mix. An optional frosting can turn these from a breakfast food into a dessert.
  • Baked Eggs with Butternut Squash and Kale: Jalapeno and cumin add some spice to this nutritious breakfast.
  • Hot Butternut Oatmeal: Add butternut squash puree to oatmeal to make the rib-sticking breakfast dish even healthier.

Freekah-with-kaleAutumn vegetables and smokey freekah make a salad-like dish perfect for lunch or as a side dish at dinner. (Photo: Staci Valentine/The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen)
Lunch

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Hazelnut-Sage PestoCaramelized Butternut Squash with Hazelnut-Sage Pesto can be a side dish or a meatless main dish. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Dinner

butternut squash ice cream floatThis very adult float adds some bourbon to butternut squash ice cream. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)
Desserts and snacks

  • Bourbon and Butternut Squash Ice Cream Floats: Butternut squash ice cream is used in this very grown-up float that adds a shot of bourbon.
  • Roasted Squash Seeds: Don't throw out those seeds. Roast them with a little oil, salt and any combination of spices you want, or turn them into pesto.
  • Cookies: The original recipes for these spice cookies made with whole wheat flour calls for pumpkin, but equal parts butternut squash puree can be substituted for pumpkin puree.

Peeling and cutting a butternut squash can seem intimidating, but it's easy. Good Housekeeping demonstrates just how simple it is.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.