Winter Squash facts and general information about winter squash.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
~This post may contain affiliate links and I'll earn a small commission if you shop through them. There is no extra cost to you. This is how we help support our family and continue to bring you amazing content. To learn more see the affiliates disclosure here.~
Winter Squash is Available:
Winter squash are available fall through winter season.
How Does Winter Squash Grow:
From a seed planted in late spring.
What to Look for When Buying:
Choose a squash that is heavy with a thick hard shell. No spots,
mold, bruises or cuts should be seen.
Store in a cool dark dry place. If cut in half store in fridge
covered with plastic wrap.
How to Cook:
Cut in half and roast in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes-1 hour
depending on size of squash. You will know it is done when a knife
can be inserted in the flesh easily. Allow to cool then mash, add to
stews, soups or add in baking (such as quick breads and pies)
1 serving equals about 1 cup cubed. Squash with darker orange flesh
are more nutritious. Winter squash is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C
and dietary fiber and potassium.
Winter Squash Facts- Recipes:
Pierce skin of squash several places and place in baking dish. Bake
in oven for 1 1/2 hours until tender. Let cool enough to handle. Cut
in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and stringy parts. With a
fork pull strands apart and place in serving bowl. (these resemble
Toss with 1/4 Cup or less olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve.
Sloppy Joes Stuffed Squash
Make your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and stuff an acorn squash. Cut
squash in half and remove seeds. Cook in boiling water about 10
minutes. Place on serving dish. Prepare sloppy joe recipe and stuff
squash with mixture. You can also sprinkle with bread crumbs and
cheese and broil on baking sheet 2-3 minutes until cheese melts.
Pick a butternut squash that is free of blemishes. If it doesn't
stand upright on its own slice off some of the bottom so it is flat.
Cut off the top of the squash and hollow out seeds and insides.(as
you would a pumpkin) Cut out any excess flesh inside. Place on a
small saucer or plate. Use your squash vase for flowers and decorate
your autumn table.
Cream of Squash Soup
1 medium squash cut in half or wedges and cook in oven for 1 hour or
until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out flesh from skin.
3 Tablespoons butter
1 leek, chopped
In saucepan, saute butter and leek. Add,
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
Stir in squash. Add 4 Cups chicken broth. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree in blender. Serve.
~~Try butternut squash or pumpkin for this recipe.
More Cooking Ideas
Add cubed or julienned squash to soups, stir fry, pot pies.
Make cooked butternut squash into a cream soup.
Add ½ cup pureed cooked squash to pancake or waffle batter.
Stuff squash with chopped apples and bread stuffing such as
stove top or a homemade version.
Cube squash and roast in the oven with Brussels sprouts,
carrots or other vegetables. Drizzle all vegetables with olive
oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees until