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Homemade Butternut Squash Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2011

Make Your Own Homemade Butternut Squash with this Easy, Delicious From-Scratch Recipe!

Butternut squash, aka winter squash, is a versatile vegetable that tastes great any time of year, but always tastes best when purchased local. Homemade butternut squash is an essential veggie side dish for your Thanksgiving meal, and a great way to get more Vitamin A, Niacin, Calcium, and Potassium into your diet. This recipe for butternut squash is very easy, and should only take you approximately 30 minutes from start to finish.

Butternut squash is high in amounts of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Potassium, which can help the body stay hydrated, sustain muscle tissue growth, and can also keep the skin moist and hydrated (including the eyes). It also can aid in the neutralization of potentially harmful free radicals.

As you could've guessed, there are only a few simple ingredients that you need to make this recipe. You probably already have all of them on hand (except for the squash maybe). One tip: try buying your squash at a local farmers market. Not only is it much fresher, but it's better for you and has more nutritional value. How? Since it hasn't been transported a long distance, the veggie hasn't time to decompose, so the nutrition has remained intact. You'll also be supporting your local economy! Anyway, here are the ingredients you'll need:

* 1 whole butternut squash (see guidelines for buying fresh butternut squash below)

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

* 2 Tablespoons butter, or vegetarian butter substitute (like Earth Easy)

* 1/4 cup milk or soy milk

Products to Make Great Butternut Squash - Tools to save time on making your own homemade veggies

Make your job a little bit easier with the right tools for the job! Here are some recommended cookware to help you make veggies faster and better (and hopefully more often, too!).

Calphalon Gadgets Vegetable Peeler
Calphalon Gadgets Vegetable Peeler

A good vegetable peeler will speed up the process quickly!

 
Calphalon Unison Nonstick 4-Quart Soup Pot with Lid
Calphalon Unison Nonstick 4-Quart Soup Pot with Lid

Boil up your butternut squash in a snap, and heat up all of your other veggies and soups in this Calphalon pot.

 
Clay Art Tuscan Sunflower Serve Bowl
Clay Art Tuscan Sunflower Serve Bowl

Display your veggies and entrees in this unique food safe Tuscan sunflower serving bowl! Complimented perfectly by the color of butternut squash, too.

 
Global GS-5 - 5 1/2 inch, 14cm Vegetable Knife
Global GS-5 - 5 1/2 inch, 14cm Vegetable Knife

The hardest part of making fresh vegetables is cutting them. With the right knife, you'll want to make veggies all the time! Save time, eat more veggies.

 
Fit Organic 32 Oz Soaker Produce Wash, Fruit and Vegetable Wash and Pesticide/Wax Remover, Pack of 3 Bottles
Fit Organic 32 Oz Soaker Produce Wash, Fruit and Vegetable Wash and Pesticide/Wax Remover, Pack of 3 Bottles

Who KNOWS what was on that vegetable before it went into your mouth? That's why it's important to wash off potential pesticides, herbicides, residues and grime from the outside of your veggies with a vegetable wash.

 

Here's how you can make butternut squash in just about 30 minutes. While the squash is cooking, you'll have plenty of time to cook up your entrée and other veggie sides.

A note: Alternatively, you can peel squash ahead of time with a vegetable peeler, or buy pre-pealed squash which is sometimes available in grocery stores.


1. Wash the butternut squash, then cut in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds (you can make roasted butternut squash seeds with them).

2. Place the halves on a cutting board, with the flat side down. Slice the squash into 1" slices, cutting so the slices are short, not long.


3. Bring a large saucepan of water, enough to cover the squash, to a boil. Add the squash and cook until the squash is tender, and a fork easily pierces into the squash. Remove from heat and drain.




4. Allow to cool slightly to handle the squash. Scoop the soft squash innards into a bowl, discarding or composting the skins. On low heat, use a potato masher to thoroughly mash the squash. Add the squash to a saucepan under low heat. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the milk, stirring to combine with a wooden spoon, then the cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir well and serve immediately.

Healthy, Quick Vegetarian Meals in 30 Minutes - A great guide to help you incorporate more vegetables into your diet!

Think eating vegetarian has to be tedious and time consuming? It doesn't have to be, you just have to have the right recipes on hand (and a few key ingredients!). This book will give you great ideas on making quick 30 minute vegetarian meals without dining on tofu and tasteless substitutes. The key to eating more vegetables and sticking with it is to make it easy!

"Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and some forms of cancer." --The American Heart Association

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Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (Quick-Fix Cooking)

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Not all butternut squash is created equal. Butternut squash is in its peak at different times throughout the year, but what you'll want to look for in the grocery store and at farmstands are:

* Dull skins, not shiny

* Intact stems if possible (to prevent rot)

* Squash that are heavy for their size

* No soft spots on the squash


Vitamins and Minerals Found in Butternut Squash

Nutritional information for butternut squash - exactly HOW good is it for you?

In case you hadn't guessed, butternut squash is very low calorie and naturally low in sodium. Here's exactly what vitamins and minerals are in this veggie:

Potassium - 582 mg

Phosphorus - 55 mg

Magnesium - 59 mg

Calcium - 84 mg

Iron - 1.23 mg

Zinc - 0.27 mg

Copper - 0.133 mg

Manganese - 0.353 mg

Selenium - 1 mcg

Sodium - 8 mg

Vitamin C - 31 mg

Niacin - 1.986 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.148 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.035 mg

Pantothenic Acid - 0.736 mg

Vitamin B6 - 0.254 mg

Folate - 39 mcg

Vitamin A - 22868 IU

Vitamin K - 2 mcg

Vitamin E - 2.64 mg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

Information found on this Vegetable Chart from Dr. J.D. Decuypere.

How to Cut Butternut Squash - An easy way to prepare it fast - this will cut down on your prep time!

Watch this video for step by step directions on how to cut butternut squash quicker and easier. This will drastically cut down on the amount of time you spend in the kitchen, so you can spend more time doing better things... like eating it!

What's Your Favorite Way to Cook Butternut Squash? - Roasting, baking, boiling, what's the best way to cook it?

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I got my wings so I came back today to bless!

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I like pepper and garlic on my squash!! Great lens!

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      mistyriver 7 years ago

      I love squash, thank you for sharing your cooking tips!

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      When my kids were little (and turned their nose up at pumpkin) I would serve them "sunshine mashed potato". They ate it without complaint.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Sounds tasty!

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Yum!! Your butternut squash looks fabulous!! What wonderful photos too!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love squash - especially with cinnamon.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      My husband will be grateful that you shared this recipe. He loves Squash.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I like it roasted with cinnamon and cumin. Lovely photos!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      oooh, this looks so good! love the photos and vids to illustrate steps!

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      yum! I've never cooked it myself, just eaten it...but I am going to favorite this to come back to and give it a try myself.

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      I love squash... just a little butter and pepper for me! Great lens!