4 seasonal squashes & how to prepare them

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There’s a squash for every season. Check out these four seasonal squashes and how to make them delicious. 

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Kabocha Squash

Why you should cook with it: Kabocha squash is perhaps the ultimate squash for curries and soups. It’s hearty texture and sweet, mild flavor make it perfect for simmering in your favorite aromatic broth.

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Prep tip: To make cutting a kabocha easier, try roasting it whole in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes first. Once it’s partially baked (and fully cooled) you will be able to easily open it without fearing for your fingertips. Remember that kabocha squash skin is edible so you can leave it on when you cook your kabocha!

When in doubt, try seasoning with: Coconut milk, curry powder, chiles

Need a recipe? Try this one!

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Spaghetti Squash

Why you should cook with it: Spaghetti squash is incredibly easy to cook well and is the type of “set it and forget it” ingredient that lends itself really well to meal prepping. Once you’ve got roasted spaghetti squash on hand, the possibilities for what to do with its pasta-like interior are almost endless.

Prep tip: To yield easy-to-use “nests” of squoodles (squash noodles, move aside zoodles), just cut your spaghetti squash into thick rings, scoop out the seeds, and roast in the oven. By cutting it into rings, you’ll allow it to cook quicker and then easily be able to twirl out the noodles with a fork once it’s tender!

When in doubt, try seasoning with: Garlic, oregano, thyme, parsley

Need a recipe? Try this one!

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Acorn Squash

Why you should cook with it: Acorn squashes have one of the best shapes for stuffing, making them versatile and a real team player in the kitchen. Their hearty texture also makes them very hard to overcook in the oven. They tend to just get sweeter!

Prep tip: When cutting an acorn squash in half, it’s easier to slice it stem-to-point rather than across the “squash equator.” You can save the seeds and roast them into a tasty and healthy snack!

When in doubt, try seasoning with: Allspice, maple syrup, ginger

Need a recipe? Try this one!

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Butternut Squash

Why you should cook with it: Butternut squash has one of the richest flavors of the squash family, making it an ideal candidate for roasted veggie medleys and comforting soups.

Prep tip: To easily remove the tough peel, just poke it all over with a fork, cut off the top and bottom, and microwave it for 5 minutes. The peel will easily come off afterward!

When in doubt, try seasoning with: Butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage

Need a recipe? Try this one! 

This article originally appeared on ImperfectProduce.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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