Winter squash is the best, right?
It’s delicious, of course (we bet you probably already knew that), but it also contains a load of nutrients that are anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and digestive-supportive. Squash is a rich source of the antioxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and harnesses its anti-inflammatory powers from a group of phytochemicals called cucurbitacins (say that three times fast).
During the fall and winter, there are a variety of winter squashes available: butternut, delicata, acorn, spaghetti, hubbard, pumpkin and more. These gorgeous beauties entice us with their hues and stripes, from pale yellow to green to the brightest of oranges. Ask your farmers what their favourite squash is and how they like to cook it – you might learn about a new type of squash and a fabulous way to eat it!
Some people are put off by the process of lugging, peeling, de-seeding and chopping squashes (sometimes you need a really, really big knife!), but the end result is worth the effort. If you are wary of the slicing and dicing, simply pop your squash in the oven and roast it first – this makes it way easier to cut and scoop out the goodness inside.
To get your squash inspiration going, we’ve curated our top 20 favourite winter squash recipes. However you use it, we sincerely hope that winter squash makes it into your kitchen, stat!
That Clean Life
Creamy butternut squash cheese sauce and pasta topped with almond breadcrumbs? Yeah, we’re in. The perfect fall and winter comfort food!
The Primal Desire
A delicious curry where you can eat the bowl. That means no dishes to wash – sweet, no?
Fork and Beans
These adorable gluten-free and vegan doughnuts are perfect for your next Halloween party.
Cooking For Kiwi and Bean
Crispy golden oven fries with the health benefits of winter squash. Everyone wins with this recipe!
Roasted squash makes the perfect topping for this gluten-free and vegan pizza recipe.
This Runner’s Recipes
The delicate strands of spaghetti squash are the ideal gluten-free alternative to pasta or noodles.
Asian flavours are the highlight of this veggie-packed dish that uses spaghetti squash instead of udon noodles.
Food Fitness Fresh Air
This dish features kabocha squash and packs the punch from some of our other favourite fall veggies (hello, beets). It’s all topped with a creamy vegan dill tahini sauce, the savory icing on the cake.
Sondi Bruner Consulting
Yes, you can have congee for breakfast! This easy recipe contains a mix of gluten-free grains, mashed butternut squash and shiitake mushrooms.
Say whaaat?! We’re fascinated by this recipe that features a pumpkin stuffed with acorn squash stuffed with butternut squash. For a gluten-free and vegan variation, use a gluten-free grain and almond milk.
The Indie Broccoli
A hearty, grain-free bread that highlights autumn spices such as ginger, cardamom and nutmeg.
We just want to dive into this simple and elegant soup that uses a variety of squashes, coconut milk and candied ginger.
We love the costumed shenanigans ACN director Meghan Telpner gets into with her dad. This gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin cake is ultra delicious and easy to make!
Happy Belly Foodie
Acorns are cute and round vessels that can hold your favourite fillings, such as this wild rice and mushroom hash.
Dishing Up the Dirt
A sweetly spiced dairy-free and vegan smoothie bowl that will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
A warm and cozy vegan pumpkin curry served with buckwheat. Grab a spoon and go for it!
The Healthy Foodie
These pretty acorn squash wedges are amazing as an appetizer or side dish at any healthy soiree.
Roasted squash adds a hearty, sweet touch to your favourite salad recipes. This beautiful version uses kale, but you can easily substitute your favourite green in here instead.
You simply cannot go wrong with a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. That’s a fact. This one is gluten-free and vegan, to boot!
Happy Healthy Mama
Take your breakfast on the go with these portable gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin oatmeal cups.