Squash Vegetables - Healthy Veggies
For Soups Stews & Side Dishes
is a very ancient vegetable which was used long ago as a crucial part of Indian
diet and is still a very nutritious and popular vegetable used today not only
for eating but common as a decoration during the fall. Unfortunately many people
find themselves stumped on how to cook them or incorporate them into the meal.
People also tend to lean toward the most common squash such as butternut or acorn
not realizing that you can use many other squash types including making use of
pumpkin for more than just deserts. Butternut and acorn squash choices are some
of the fullest in color and flavor with a mild sweetness. As the squash varieties
get lighter in color they are usually a little blander but not lacking in nutrients
although highly useful for when you want a hearty veggie without an overpowering
flavor to include in a signature dish.
Of course you would not want to use
a pumpkin which has housed a candle due to possible toxins but those pumpkins
used as decoration while still whole preserve well outdoors and can be used in
meals once the holiday is passed.
Vegetarians tend to be a bit more
squash savvy and one unique example is how you can use this vegetable
for a non grain vegan version of spaghetti. Versatile and super tasty, squash
makes good risotto, soup, stews or side dishes on their own. Some squash are starchier
while others are can vary in color and flavor vibrancy among the different plant
strains. You can pick the squash type according to how much presence you want
it to have in your dish. An acorn squash will be very outstanding where as some
spaghetti squash would be less tasty and not as brightly colored hence complimenting
the dish quietly.
The shape of the spaghetti squash innards add to
the ability of creativity in cooking. You can use this squash just for its unique
stringy character especially for under main entrees. You do want to consider using
some spice so that the squash does not overpower the entree with its creamy smoothness.
The flavor can be too rich so breaking it with oregano and fresh cracked pepper
is one way to bring a balance. I also like to thicken up soups with a few spoons
of spaghetti squash.
A really neat trick to make your mashed tubers fit
into the fall holidays is to add some butternut squash into your potato dish.
Mashed potato with squash can scoop out into cute little orange pumpkin rounds
which you can decorate with celery or broccoli stalk for the top stem, and peppercorns
for the face making your Halloween or thanksgiving dinner a little more exciting.
Using the shell of small pumpkins and gourds filled with squash cubes or mashed
squash is another nifty option. You know the kids will dig in! Adults also enjoy
the effort and appreciate the change to the norm.
So dont be afraid
to pick up a variety of these vegetables to add to your meals this fall and winter.
They are wholesome and will add some wonderful benefit to your diet.