Winter Squash- Why We Love It and How To Bake It


Squash from our trip to the farm. I just recently started using squash, so I thought I would post some pictures. It is easy, nourishing, frugal, and healthy- what more could you want?  Squash is a vegetable that kids love- and it’s rich in carbohydrates needed for energy, vitamins, and minerals.  Squash is also quick and easy, and I can often find it for under $1/lb even for organic!

How to Cook Winter Squash

To cook I usually cut the squash lengthwise, scoop out the pulp, save the seeds if you like them. Put the squash face down in a dish, fill with about 1/2 an inch of water, add a teaspoon or so of sea salt, bake. 300 or whatever my oven is at for something else, for 30-60 minutes. Until the squash is really soft. Then you can scoop out the pulp. Top with maple syrup and butter, sea salt and coconut oil, and if you’re new to whole foods, I don’t think I’d complain if your kids will eat it with cinnamon sugar on top.

We use squash as a side dish, just cubed or mashed depending on how soft it got. We also do squash fries like these sweet potato fries.

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Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

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  1. FYI: maple syrup is not allowed on the GAPS diet.

  2. Any tips for cutting squash? it can be so difficult sometimes! Thanks!


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