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Yummy Butternut Squash - Easy Baked, Mashed or Fried Recipes

Updated on September 16, 2017
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Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.

Low in calories - high in nutrients
Low in calories - high in nutrients

Super-Healthy Benefits of Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is the queen bee of winter squash. You can bake it, boil it, mash it, even stir fry it. It's the gateway squash, the squash for people who aren't so sure they like squash.

It is a good source of fibre, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. . Winter squash, butternut, acorn squash and pumpkins are all in the same family. High in fiber, nutrient dense and about 63 calories a serving with no fat, the squash family can be enjoyed often.

Winter squash, unlike its summer equivalent, can be harvested very late into the fall, has a longer storage potential, and still provides an outstanding variety of conventional nutrients. Winter squash emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of votamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). In addition, winter squash emerged as a good source of folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin B6, niacin-vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid.

Squash fries are full of flavor and vitamins.
Squash fries are full of flavor and vitamins.

Weight Watcher Butternut Squash French Fries

These fresh, crispy, slightly sweet butternut squash french fries are delicious and very easy to make. Healthy french fries — a dream come true!

This is all you need:

  • 1 whole butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut butternut squash in half first, and then peel it and remove all seeds.
  3. Then, slice it up into french fry like shapes. Just make sure the slices aren’t too thick, as this will prevent them from getting crispy.
  4. Spray a backing sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Then, take a large bowl, throw in the french fries and toss with some non-stick cooking spray, until all fries are evenly coated.
  6. Do the same thing with the kosher salt. Make sure all your fries are well coated with the salt.
  7. Now, spread out your fries evenly on the baking sheet. Make sure no fries are on top of each other as this would prevent even cooking.
  8. Place in oven and bake for about 40 -45 minutes, flipping the fries over once, halfway through.
  9. Fries are done when the edges start to turn golden brown and the fries are looking good and crispy. Enjoy!

*TIP: Because all butternut squashes are not created equal, I suggest weighing your french fries first, before you cook them, in order to determine how many servings will be in your entire recipe.

Serving size = 5 oz of squash (uncooked)
Each serving = 1 Weight Watchers Point

Mash Potatoes By Vocalcoach Using Butternt Squash

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1 whole butternut squash
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • powdered cinnamon
  • sugar or stevia to taste
  • and as much butter as your waistline can stand.
  1. Cut butternut squash in half first,length-wise.
  2. and then peel it and remove all seeds.
  3. Cut it into medium size squares for faster cooking.
  4. Boil until very tender for mashing.
  5. Drain off water and pour squash into a serving bowl.
  6. Using a fork (or hand masher) mash squash lightley, adding butter to the mixture. Sprinkle a pinch of salt (I personally avoid salt and it is still delicious), ground cinnamon and sugar or stevia. Mix very lightley, serve and enjoy. Adding raisens is delightful.


Healthy Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a healthy alternative to potatoes and is filled with nutrients.
Butternut squash is a healthy alternative to potatoes and is filled with nutrients. | Source

Healthy Reasons to Eat Your Squash

Butternut squash provides the following Health Benefits:

  • Helps to decrease your blood pressure providing 500 mg. of potassium in just one cup.
  • Vitamin C is linked to healthier skin and butternut squash will give you almost half of your daily dose.
  • Reduces inflammation because of its high antioxidant content cryptoaxanthin.
  • Helps keep bones strong It's filled with minerals and vitamin C to help absorb calcium and helps with mineral density in the spine.
  • Supports your gut with healthy bacteria.
  • Boosts immune function.
  • Loaded with vitamin A it improves eyesight.

Easy Bake Butternut Squash

This butternut squash recipe is easy and flavorful. Here's all you need for this mouth-watering recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small butternut squash
  • melted butter
  • cinnamon sugar

Preparation:

1. Brush a jelly-roll pan with butter and heat oven to 350°.

2. Carefully cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and soft fibers with a spoon.

3. Brush the inside of each squash with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

4. Place squash halves, seasoned cut side down, in the prepared pan. Add about 1/2 cup water to the pan.

5. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Serve halves immediately or scoop the squash out into a serving dish and discard the skin.

Serves 4.

About Butternut Squash

Butternut squash (Cucurbita moshata), also known in Australia and New Zealand as Butternut pumpkin, is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It grows on a vine. The most popular variety, the Waltham Butternut, originated in Stow,Massachusettes, on what is now the Butternut Farm Golf Club.

Butternut squash is a fruit that can be roasted and toasted and also be pureed (to make a soup) or mashed into soups, casseroles, breads, and muffins.

In Australia it is regarded as a pumpkin, and used interchangeably with other types of pumpkin.

Butternut Squash Takes a Bow for Health

  • Phytonutrients that Promote Optimal Health

Although not as potent as root vegetables like burdock, garlic oronion, winter squash have been found to have anti-cancer type effects. Phytonutrient research on squash is still limited, but some lab studies have shown vegetable juices obtained from squash to be equal to juices made from leeks, pumpkin, and radish in their ability to prevent cellmutations (cancer-like changes).

  • Supports Men's Health

In research studies, extracts from squash have also been found to help reduce of a symptoms condition occurring in men called benign prostatic hypertrophy ,or BPH. In this condition, the prostate gland becomes problematically enlarged, which can cause difficulty with urinary and sexual function .Particularly in combination with other phytonutrient-containing foods,squash may be helpful in reducing BPH symptoms.

  • Promotes Lung Health

Consuming foods rich inbeta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid found in highest amounts in pumpkin, corn, papaya, red bell peppers, tangerines, oranges and peaches, may significantly lower one's risk of developing lung cancer. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reviewed dietary and lifestyle data collected from over 60,000 adults in China and found that those eating the most crytpoxanthin-rich foods showed a 27% reduction in lung cancer risk.

When current smokers were evaluated, those who were also in the group consuming the mostcryptoxanthin-rich foods, were found to have a 37% lower risk of lung cancer compared to smokers who ate the least of these health-protectivefoods..

Additionally, if you or someone you love is a smoker, or if you are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke, then making vitamin A-richfoods, such as winter squash, part of your healthy way of eating may save your life, suggests research conducted at KansasStateUniversity.

While studying the relationship between vitamin A, lunginflammation, and emphysema, Richard Baybutt, associate professor of nutrition at KansasState, made a surprising discovery: a commoncarcinogen in cigarette smoke, benzo(a)pyrene, induces vitamin Adeficiency.

Baybutt's earlier research had shown that laboratory animals fed a vitamin A-deficient diet developed emphysema. His latest animal studies indicate that not only does the benzo(a)pyrene in cigarette smoke cause vitamin A deficiency, but that a diet rich in vitamin A can help counter this effect, thus greatly reducing emphysema.


Eat your yellow vegetables using variety.
Eat your yellow vegetables using variety. | Source

Help Fight Colon Cancer - Eat Your Squash

Studies have also shown that a good intake of beta-carotene helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer, possibly by protecting colon cells from the damaging effects of cancer-causing chemicals.

Another consideration, beta-carotene's anti-inflammatory effects may help to reduce the severity of conditions like asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, which all involve inflammation.

The folate found in winter squash may help to prevent certain birth defects if taken by women before and duringpregnancy. Folate is also needed by the body to break down a dangerous metabolic by product called homocysteine ,which can directly damage blood vessel walls. Since high levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, getting plenty of folate in the diet is a good idea. Folate has also been shown to help protect colon cells from the effects of cancer-causing chemicals. In fact, diets high in folate-rich foods are associated with a significantly reduced risk of colon cancer,especially in people who have a history of alcohol use.

Potassium found in winter squash may help to lower blood pressure, and the vitamin C may be able to reduce the severity of conditions like asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthristis as well as prevent the progression of conditions like atherosclerosis and diabetic heartdisease. Squash is high in fiber to help in fighting Heart Disease and Colon Cancer.

I hope this information on Butternut Squash and other winter squash has provided you with a desire to eat more of this healthy food.

I wish you the best of health and a long life of joy.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Angel

      Thanks for being here. I appreciate your reading my hub about butternut squash. I totally agree with your comments. Healthy eating!

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      Angel Guzman 2 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I love butternut squash! I've mashed it and stir fried it in pasta and without. Yummy!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Elderberry Arts

      How did the butternut squash chips turn out? Hope you liked them. Thank you for being here.

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      Claire 17 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      Great hub. I normally mash some butternut squash in with my potatoes or make soup so it is nice to see some more ideas. Planning to make the chips tonight. Thank you for sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Melovy - Gee, thanks so much for the link! I really do appreciate it. Very glad to see you here and thank you for voting up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      KatrineDalMonte - Thank you so much for your delicious comments :) I'll just bet you will like butternut squash once you taste it. At least I hope you will.

      So nice to see you here!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      riaha - I'm so glad to see you here. Enjoy these butternut squash recipes!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      L.L. Woodard - Butternut squash is so good. I think I could have it every day. Enjoy the recipes and thanks so much for voting up and sharing!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      molometer - I just added a good video on how to cut a butternut squash, toss it in a blender with the right ingredients to make soup. I thought of you. It looks so easy and fast to make. Thanks for adding your recipe for adding chili, olive oil and garlic. I'm up for that!

      Thanks for voting up, bookmarking and sharing!

      acaetnna - I hope you'll be trying some of these recipies and I'm so happy you like them

      Audrey Howitt - Oh I'd love your recipe for curry butternut squash soup. Can you send me the recipe or make a hub about it :).

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Breakfaspop! So glad to see you. And now I think it's time for me to take a walk over to the Inn and see what's new. See you in a minute!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi joe - The first photo was taken off the internet but it looks exactly like my baked squash with olive oil a pinch of turmeric and sprinkled with parsley flakes after it comes out of the oven. I love poppy seeds and have used them to sprinkle over the top of the squash. It works just fine. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello miss olive ~ You write such good comments. You take your time and refer to key areas in the hub. And that is an indication that you care and want to give of yourself to the writer. And thank you for mentioning cloverleaf and the link she provided for this hub.

      Besides being such an excellent commentator, you take time to read other comments. You mentioned the thread with the "soup recipe" and that made me feel extra good for that extra little bit that I did.

      You're an example of what good hubbing is all about. A real diamond! Thank you, miss olive.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Peg Cole - Gee, thanks for the link Peg! I will also add your link to this hub. So glad you like this article. Thanks a bunch!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I love butternut squash, and I love this hub with all its useful information on the benefits. If you are okay with it I will link it to my ‘5 Healthy recipes for kids,” hub because I have a recipe for butternut squash risotto on it. Thanks for this hub! Voted up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jami - Oh, those squash fries sound so delicious. Going to try this tomorrow. So pleased that you added this recipe. Healthy and yummy - a great combination!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      theseus - Your mothers squash flan sounds great. Think about doing a hub on it. It would be a winner. Thanks, my friend and have a wonderful day!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      An awesome hub! To be honest I don't use Butternut Squash in my cooking, but just looking at the top picture I'm really tempted to try something new! It does really look delicious!

      Thanks for the recipes. :-)

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      rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      I love butternut squash. Usually we have it during the Christmas season, but I wouldn't mind having it whenever possible. Thank you so much for sharing this hub with the recipes. I look forward to trying some of these out!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm glad to have found this hub. I enjoy butternut squash, but have always simply enjoyed it baked. Now I'll be giving some of these other recipes a try.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This sounds great! I make a curried version of your squash soup and that is pretty yummy too--

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      I love your recipes and will book mark this for future reference! Thank you.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      I love butternut squash too roasted in olive oil chilli and garlic it is excellent.

      We had a big variety of squash in South Africa, we are starting to get them here now petty pans are great.

      Some wicked recipes here that we will try. Bookmarked voted up and SHARING.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I love butternut squash and this is one recipe that is new to me. I can't wait to try it.

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      Zach 5 years ago from Colorado

      Oh, I love winter squash! I was wondering if you by chance have the recipe for the first picture? Looks amazing, and I'm very curious now as to how well poppy seeds work with butternut. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi vocalcoach! I found this through cloverleaf's vegetarian hub. This looks delicious! I like how you added the benefits of eating squash. I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try. My mom loves butternut squash so she can be my taste tester. :) The butternut squash soup recipe in the comment thread is an added treat! YUM!

      Bookmarking and sharing - voted up too!

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I learned some new facts about the incredible edible Butternut Squash here. Hope you don't mind if I link this one to my own tribute to this lovely veggie.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Deni - How did your butternut squash turn out? This is my favorite veggie - especially with the cinnamon. The hardest thing about cooking this easy squash is cutting it in half. :) Thanks!

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      Deni Edwards 5 years ago from california

      Well, I will be giving your fast and easy recipe a try tonight since I have a butternut squash in the fridge. I never thought to use cinnamon on butternut squash. Why? I don't know, but it sounds delicious!

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      I eat a lot of squash , whether it be yellow , butternut, ,whichever , i eat it a million different ways , but i have not tried the fries , and im gong too! because ive been wanting a substitute for fries (potatoes) and although i have a recipe for ruta baga fries , and they are good , you have to slice them very thin and deep fry in evoo , and i want something with a little more thickness, i wont get that with the ruta bagas , so i will try yours , thanks for the recipe and the tips! have a blessed day! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      theseus - Squash made with coco milk sounds very good. And the flan your mother makes must be heavenly. Thank you, Mae, my friend. Love and blessings, vocalcoach

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      vocalcoach,

      A great way to make a non-veggie person eat vegetables.I'll try this recipe sometime. Thank you for sharing.

      I personally love squash. My family cook it with coco milk.

      My mother cooks the best squash flan.Everyone who tasted it didn't know that they eat squash for dessert..:D. God bless you.

      love,

      Mae

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sinea - I want to thank you for the recipe - I like easy!

      I'm sure my readers will appreciate this quick way of baking squash. Really appreciate this Sinea!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Let me tell you how my mom used to make butternut squash. Easier than easy. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM.

      Cut the squash lengthwise in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the squash flat-side down on the sheet and bake at 300 degrees until it is soft when you put a fork through it. Remove from oven and turn it over to avoid sticking. Let it cool a bit. Scoop it out and mash in a baking dish. If you are dieting, eat as is. If not, add a little butter.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sinea - I will have to try the weight watchers recipe. I try not to use sugar in my diet. Glad you stopped by, my new friend!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I love butternut squash. It was always on the table as part of our Thanksgiving dinner and many other times. The weight watchers recipe is worth a try. Most of the time, no sweeteners are needed. It is naturally sweet on its own.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Pamela - Wonderful to see that you love butternut and acorn squash. I find that it is a wonderful year round food. I love it anytime. I am honored to have you visit my hub, comment and rate up. Thank you, my new friend!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I love butternut and acorn squash. It is nice to know that they're so good for you. Thanks so much for the recipes. Voted/rated up.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi amy! You are my biggest fan - thank you for your many visits to my hubs! I see, you have joined Hubpages. I am looking forward to reading your first hub...I will be looking for it! Enjoy your day, my friend!

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      I really love squash, thanks for the good looking recipe for the fries!! Any way I can make these and share them so they are more enjoyed by my very picky family members is so useful, thanks much. A.B.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      teammosquito - What a coincidence. I, too, am baking butternut squash today. I never tire of it., So, my butternut buddy, enjoy your food. Thanks

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      teammosquito 6 years ago

      vocalcoach - Awsome, glad that you liked it. I just can't seem to get enough of this wonderful healthy squash since trying it, :). Have one in the oven as I type this, thank's so much! One of these days i'll get around to trying your other squash recipies, I know they will be equally as good!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      teammosquito - So pleased that the recipe turned out so well. I am a lover of olive oil as well and tried your idea last night. Oh my...it was so delicious. Thanks for letting me know about that. I am honored to have your comments and hope to see you again.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      BkCreative - Wow - had not thought to toast the seeds. Great idea. Love your comments and appreciate you rating this hub up. Thank you!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love butternut squash - the only thing I haven't done with it is stir fry - and I usually stir fry everything. Just bought some from a youth farmer's market - and it is so sweet and excellent - and then the seeds I toasted...

      Ahh food, I get excited when I think about good fresh food.

      Great suggestions. Thanks a million and rated up!

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      teammosquito 6 years ago

      vocalcoach - it turned out fantastic, I am now an official butternut squash fan! As a matter of fact tonight i've just re-heated the leftover half and it is just as good. As far as the olive oil, (of which I am a big fan of), I think you should try it, I just coated it with the virgin olive oil then added some butter just because the recipe called for it. I use more olive oil than butter in most of the dishes that I prepare so for me it's the perfect combination. I could not tell any difference because the taste of the squash was awsome. So maybe give it a try sometime and let us know how you like it. I am looking forward to trying your butternut soup recipe soon. Thank's for your great hub, I usually do not post to them, except the good ones!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      teammosquito - you won't believe this, but I had butternut last evening and I prepare it the very same way. :-) It is delcious! I use butter instead of olive oil and would like you to let me know how the olive oil works. Thanks, squash pal!

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      teammosquito 6 years ago

      Great Hub, just ran across it while searching for recipies. My neighbor just gave me a really nice Butternut Squash and it's in the oven as I type. Ive never tried one before and am looking forward to it. I'm glad to learn about all the healthful benefits. Thank you for your hub! I'm baking it with a little olive oil, butter, pepper, sea salt, cinnamin and sugar cane,(sugar cane is a very healthful alternative to refined sugar), so will let you know how it turns out...

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      tonymac04 - Well, you see? It pays to visit me more than once. :-) Your chicken recipe w squash sounds delicious! I am also having baked butternut for my din-din. I put gobs of butter (the real stuff) on it and a pinch of sea salt, cinnimon with sugar and add about an inch of water in the pan. Yummy. Will think of you and yours as I am gulping down every last morsel.

      Thank you, my dear and priceless friend.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I'm back for another bite at this Hub - LOL! And I discover you've added another recipe just for me! I am so touched. Thank you.

      I just put some chicken pieces to bake in the over and thought, since I have some butternut I would bake some at the same time. And that's just what you've given me! So I'm into the kitchen without further ado right now! Thanks lovely lady!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      oliversmum - I can see how it would be called butternut pumpkin. I love it! I bake it most of the time as I am in a rush to fix my dinner :-) So happy you liked the recipes. You enjoy now!

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      Vocalcoach. Hi. Butternut Squash is a very interesting and versatile veg, as well as being so healthy. I didn't realize it had so many health benefits.

      We in Australia call it Butternut Pumpkin. I love it.

      Thank you for your Recipes, will be putting them in my Recipe book to try very soon. :) :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Tony - Very happy to hear that you liked my hub on butternut squash. I made a new recipe just yesterday to share with you. 1. Wash squash and cut in half lenghtwise.2. In a pre-heated oven, place the halves cut side up in a foil lined baking dish or pan. 3. Generously butter the squash, a little salt, some cinnimom and sprinkle lightly with sugar or stevia.4. Bake in a 350 oven until well-done. ooooooooo it is so very good and so quick and easy. Enjoy, Tony

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you stevemark122000 - This means a lot to me coming from you. I read almost every hub you have written and respect you for your expertise.

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Goodness me, this is an awesome Hub! I love winter squashes (and hate the summer variety - squishy, tasteless and nutitionless, in my view!) and especially butternut, which we eat almost every day. I usually mash it just as you have described here. Will try out the baked version soon. And the soup!

      Glad to know that while being so delicious it is also so healthy!

      Thanks for a really great Hub. Bookmarked, of course!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky Dee - You got it! Look for a nice hot bowl of soup.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Oh my! Fax or email me some of this right away!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Here you go agaglia!

      • Butternut Squash Soup

      • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter

      • 1 cup(s) chopped onion

      • 2 1/2 pound(s) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 6 cups)

      • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced

      • 3 cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth

      • 1 1/2 cup(s) apple cider

      • 1/4 cup(s) apple brandy

      • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

      • 1/2 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme

      • 1/4 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground pepper

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      Directions

      1. Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and apple and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.

      2. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

      3. In small batches, carefully puree the soup in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

      Enjoy and thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sandyspider - Glad you like the recipies and the added benefits of nutrion are a great plus!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This is so yummy!

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      agaglia 7 years ago

      great hub. Do you have a recipe for squash soup?

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lamme - Be sure to let me know if you see a difference in your asthma - be sure to have the squash at least 3x a week for best results. Thanks for your comments and good health to you!

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      I can't figure out which recipe I want to try first! Those fries sound delicious and easy, but I love it pureed or mashed as well, squash is so versatile and delicious. I was interested in the comment about lung inflammation, I'm curious if this could be beneficial for asthma as well. Certainly can't hurt. I'll be serving squash with dinner, thanks for some great ideas!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      prasetio30 - So glad you appreciate learning about the benefits of butternut squash. Thank you, my friend for your kind comments. Peace and harmony to you each day.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      tobesure - Your recipe for butternut squash makes me want to pop into the kitchen and start cooking. Isn't it great, that something that tastes so good, is good for you? Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mariesuewrites - I did a search for you and found a couple of videos which will show you how to do this. Tried to copy/paste and give you the link but something went wrong. All you need to do is "search" on google for butternutsquashcut/peel and links will come up for you.

      Thanks so much for your comments.

      Live to Love -

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      LillyGrillzit - Good morning dear one - So pleased to hear that you will be trying this - you will find it addicting - it is so good. Appreciate your stopping by.'

      Peace, love, harmony and joy.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about Butternut squash before. But I am glad you want to share about this information for us. I think this is good to make a delicious cake. And I found good benefit of Butternut squash for our health. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual.

      Prasetio

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      Hi VocalCoach! This is a great hub about squash and health. I love butternut squash, but I have one problem...I can't cut the dern thing. It's like a rock. I've read that softening it in the oven for a few mintues works, but have yet to try it. Do you have any tips for saving fingers and thumbs when chopping this lovely vegetable?

      The recent health news also said that "sunshine and aspirin is good for the colon."

      I just love your informative well-written hubs!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      JudiCastro - Not really versatile - just my "add

      acting up. :-) Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dolores Monet - I appreciate your comments very much. I will try the soup and a have a feeling that will be the most used recipe with winter coming on. Thanks. I will be reading your hubs and looking forward to the pleasure.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      bayoulady - I haven not tried the WW fries yet - I hear the baking can either result in "soggy", over-burnt or both. However, my neighbor made them and they turned out perfect and very delicious. Thank you for commenting!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Katie - I agree that baking the squash with butter, sea salt and pepper is the way to go. It is so simple to prepare and requires no peeling. Thank you for adding your favorite way to prepare butternut squash.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I am bookmarking, tweeting and fb'ing this! Cant wait to add more Butternut Squash to my table. I have been a little leery, but no longer! Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      purplepassion1 - I have actually had that happen (more than once) - so I personally skip the fries and stick to the easier recipes. Glad you found new information on the benefits of squash for men. Thanks and happy squashing!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      msorensson - What better reason to cook than for yourself? If you have a "Trader Joe's" or the equivilant, you can find butternut squash all ready to just stick it in a pot and boil. It comes peeled and cut into cubes. All organic and fresh. Easy fixin's! :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      PegCole17 - Yes, please share your recipe for butternut squash pie with a hub. Sounds so very good. Isn't it nice to find a food that is so nutritious - so delicious?

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      So much more than just a recipe! I love to make butternut squash soup - its real comfort food. The french fries sound so yummy!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Fantastic .....mouth watering.....gotta try stuff here! I never thought of the weight watcher french fries for the butternut squash.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      saddlerider1-I must try spaghetti squash using your recipe. The butter and nutmeg added, sounds absolutely delicious. Thank you for your rating and comments, squash buddy - :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Hello - I always appreciate your support. You are very special. Thank you for commenting.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      You made me hungry for squash. I love all of them, I enjoy spaghetti squash baked and dab of butter and nutmeg to give it added flavor. So full of nutrients for sure. I also will add Parmesan cheese from time to time. I rate this delicious hub up:0)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      One of my and my husband favorites. I like with with butter and Parmesan cheese. I had no idea it was promoted lung health. I wonder if it would help my asthma.

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      My girl you are so versatile in your writing. Great yummy job(=

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Martie, dear friend - Thank you for bookmarking my hub. I am experimenting myself with new recipes.Have a great day.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent report! Bookmarked, printed out – I’ve got to test the recipes. Thanks!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love squash and I especially like butternut squash, my favorite way to eat it is baked, I like it with real butter and a dash of sea salt and ground pepper, it's fantastic, I don't like sweets much and suggest everyone try salt and pepper more and be amazed. Great squash pointers. Thanks :)

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      Joanne Lombardo 7 years ago from Prescott AZ

      I did not know about squash helping men's health. Now, if someone can come up with an easy way to cut the squash into french fries, that would be super. At that point, mine usually goes flying onto the floor. Like the recipes and good photos and research. Thanx.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Awesome..!! I love squash...now if I can only motivate myself to cook just for me..:-)

      Thank you for the informative hub!

      Much love,

      Melinda

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wow. With all the good nutritional value contained in butternut squash it makes good sense to eat it. Great collection of recipes and ways to use this veggie. I have a recipe for squash pie which is made from butternut squash - You've inspired me to share it.

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      Scribenet 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Butternut Squash is one of my favourite foods.Besides being healthy it is delicious! It makes a great soup as well... never even thought to make french fries...will try your mashed recipe as well... always appreciate those down to earth simple recipes! Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your helpful advise and recipe.