Butternut squash can be intimidating if you don’t know what to do with it. In this article, you’ll learn the easiest way to cut and prepare it, how to cook it, and the best butternut squash recipes to use it in!
Butternut Squash is my favorite fall vegetable. It’s so versatile. It can be roasted, puréed, sliced into “steaks”, and stuffed. It’s a great stand in for pumpkin in dessert recipes, too.
Read all about Butternut Squash and find the BEST vegan butternut squash recipes below!
What is butternut squash?
Butternut Squash is a variety of winter squash. It grows on a vine and has a beige-yellow skin color with bright orange flesh inside.
It has a mild nutty flavor with a subtle sweetness and is similar to pumpkin in texture..
How to cut
I find the easiest way to cut a butternut squash is to first cut off a slice at both ends. If the bottom is very bulbous, I like to cut that part off and peel it separately from the rest. Cut the bulbous end in half and scoop out the seeds.
Peel the whole thing carefully with a sharp chef’s knife. You can use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin if you are more comfortable with that, but I prefer a large sharp knife.
Once it’s peeled, cube the squash just like you would any other vegetable.
How to cook
My favorite way to cook butternut squash is to roast it. It can also be boiled, steamed, and even microwaved.
Scroll through the delicious vegan butternut squash recipes below, and hopefully, you’ll find a new favorite recipe or two!
Butternut squash contains good amounts of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and more!
Yes! Butternut squash is low in calories, but high in nutrients, like vitamins A, C, E and many B vitamins, folate, magnesium and potassium. [source]
Technically speaking, you do not have to peel butternut squash. The peel is edible. However, even when cooked, the peel is tough, so I wouldn’t recommend eating it.
Depending on how you plan to cook your squash, you may not need to peel it anyway. You can slice a butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and roast it in the oven. Once it’s cooked, you can scoop out the tender orange flesh to enjoy, leaving the peel behind.
While winter squash can be eaten raw, it’s actually more nutritious cooked.
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Vegan Butternut Squash Recipes
The best vegan butternut squash recipes! From snacks, salads, and soups to entrées and even desserts!
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
It's the number one most popular recipe on my blog for a reason. Creamy, cheesy, and kid approved! Made from real whole food ingredients!
Warm, creamy, and comforting, this Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto is the dinner bowl you need to keep you feeling cozy all season long. It’s made with mostly pantry staples, naturally gluten-free, and it’s truly easier to make than you might think.
Switch up your fry game with these easy Baked Butternut Squash Fries! They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and they make a tasty side dish or snack.
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Reminiscent of Panera's Autumn Squash Soup, this silky smooth soup is a fall winner!
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup w/ Corn
This soup is a perfect example of how simple ingredients can come together to create an amazing combination of flavors.
Homemade Vegan Queso
There is no better dip for your tortilla chips than this dairy free nacho cheese dip! Made from real whole food ingredients!
Slow Cooker Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
Set it and forget it and you'll have a cozy healthy dinner that's ready when you are!
Quinoa Spinach Salad w/ Butternut Squash & Apple
Sweet and spicy butternut squash in a delicious and healthy fall salad.
Easy Butternut Squash Curry
A delicious, flavorful curry done in just 30 minutes!
Butternut Squash Noodle Bowl
A cozy noodle bowl in a butternut squash broth.
Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll-Ups
Rich and creamy individual lasagnas in cute little rollups.
Vegan Butternut Squash Kale Lasagna
A fall twist on a classic dish!
Tempeh Cauliflower Butternut in Teriyaki Sauce
You don't often see butternut squash in Asian dishes, but I love the way this one comes together.
Brussels Sprout Butternut Squash Salad
Dress up your holiday table with this colorful salad.
Butternut Squash Mash
Butternut squash puréed with creamy white beans, sweet onion, and garlic is silky smooth perfection. A luscious alternative to mashed potatoes.
Cinnamon Squash Bread
This easy quick bread is packed with butternut squash and warming spices. Perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Bonus, the icing is made from butternut squash, too!
Maple cinnamon butternut squash with cranberries and pecans
Side dish or dessert? I vote for both! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup mingle amount butternut squash, cranberries, and pecans. Love.
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