So many times on Slimming World Facebook groups and at groups I have attended I have heard people say that they really don’t know what to do with a butternut squash. So, I thought I would post a few tips and recipes that may help you out if that is you. It may just give you the confidence to go and buy one and experiment a little with it! As butternut squash is a speed food it is worth experimenting and seeing if you do enjoy it.
Peeling it is something which puts many people off but it really shouldn’t. There are two main ways I would recommend. One is to get a potato peeler on it and just peel it that way then chop it up removing the seeds. The other is so cut it into chunks and microwave it until softer and then using a spoon scoop the flesh from the skin. This obviously works better if you want it soft for a recipe or can’t find the potato peeler!
Once you have peeled and chopped up the butternut squash there are many things you can do with one from chips to risotto and more. Here are my favourite recipes:
Butternut squash chips – peel and chop up and cook as you would potato chips – they don’t crisp as well but are still yummy.
Roasted butternut squash wedges sprinkled with paprika – Sprinkle with paprika before cooking and toss a couple of times during cooking so that it is well coated.
Butternut squash in lasagne instead of pasta – perfect for an SP day (more tips here)
Add it to Sausage Casserole – If you want to give your casserole a bit more flavour and more filling adding butternut squash is perfect.
Spiralised butternut squash in salad – sounds weird but it is absolutely lovely raw and spiralised in a salad, I must admit for this I buy the prepared spiralised one, life is too short to do it yourself!
Add it to a curry – I love butternut squash in a curry. It is a little like adding potato but with lots more flavour and not quite as heavy, definitely worth trying.
Roasted on a Sunday dinner instead of potatoes – it makes a nice change and is perfect if you are following Slimming World’s SP plan.
If you don’t fancy peeling and cutting your own lots of supermarkets have started selling it in the form of waffles, sheets for lasagne and more so worth looking!
Do you like butternut squash? What is your favourite recipe with it? Do you have any new ideas?