I loved the discussion last night on Facebook, whether squash was a fruit or vegetable. As Susan (from Little Ladies Who Lunch) pointed out, they are botanically classified as a fruit, but (As Ashley mentioned) in the culinary world, because of the way we use them, they are considered a vegetable!
Butternut squash, like other winter squashes, are a great to include in your kids diet! They are:
- An excellent source of Vitamin A (which has been shown to protect lungs against toxins like cigarette smoke)
- Great sources of Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and manganese
- Good source of folate and Omega 3 fatty acids! (which is beneficial to growing kids brains!)
So, what can you do with butternut squash besides make soup? A fast and easy method of cooking it, is to roast in a hot oven. This is what we did:
- Chop 1 lb. butternut squash into 1 inch or half inch cubes
- Place in bowl and add:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Arrange on baking sheet and sprinkle the top with:
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, stirring once.
Step 1: Chop squash (or buy pre-chopped)
|Step 2: Stir Olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top.|
Step 3: Arrange on baking sheet and top with salt and parmesan cheese
Step 4: Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, stirring once.
We love butternut squash!
So, my neighbor was asking me if you can replace pumpkin with butternut squash in pumpkin pie? Anyone ever tried that?