A Favorite Winter Ingredient: Squash

We love comfort foods in the winter. Warm, rich and inviting, comfort foods don't have to be unhealthy. In fact, one of our favorites for the winter is squash. Easy-to-prepare and rich in flavor, squash is a great way to enhance your meals through the creation of stews, soups, casseroles and more. Here are a few of our favorites:

Types of Squash:

Kobucha: A lesser know squash, Kobucha is a green squash with a nutty and earthy flavor. This squash also has a bit of sweetness that is delicious baked as well as served as the base of a soup.

Delicato: Often called the sweet potato squash, Delicato is renowned for its pale yellow color. This squash has an earthy taste that is also creamy and soft and easy to cook with.

Acorn Squash: Known for its shape, the rich squash is great as as a baked side.

Spaghetti Squash: A fun way to enjoy a healthy meal the Spaghetti Squash is our favorite alternative to pasta.

Butternut Squash: A classic in the squash family, the Butternut Squash is known for its unique bell shape. It has a earthy and sweet taste that is easy-to-prepare with its minimal seeds.

Preparation Ideas for Squash:

Duette FoodShed Chef Says: Most people are familiar with baking halved squash with butter, maple and cinnamon, and often make my that combination into purée but we like to use the purée in smoothies with plain yogurt or kefir. It's a departure from frozen fruit most people use in winter month and a great way to help your kids enjoy veggies.

How do you like to prepare squash in the winter?