Veggies In Season – Winter Squash // Microwave Spaghetti Squash

One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to buy fruits and veggies in season. This time of year you may notice higher prices on fresh produce. That is because it is the off season for many fruits and vegetables – especially those that are locally grown. Did you know that there are a few veggies that are actually in season during the winter months? Winter squash is a delicious veggie to add to your menu. Butternut, acorn, hubbard, banana, and spaghetti are just a few of the different varieties.

At the grocery store, look for a winter squash that:

  • Is heavy for its size
  • Has thick, hard skin
  • Has skins with vivid color
  • Is free of cracks or soft spots

Store  your squash in a cool, dry place and it will keep for 3-6 months.Winter squash can be used in a variety of recipes. Use it to make bread, muffins, soup, and even dessert. You can also add it to casseroles and salads. Click here for recipe ideas.

My favorite type of winter squash is spaghetti squash. I like to steam it in the microwave.

The most important step in this recipe is to poke holes in the squash. If you don’t, your squash might explode in the microwave! Before I put the squash in the casserole dish, I like to cut it into serving size chunks. That way, it’s easier to serve once cooked.

Add winter squash to your menu this week. Come on back and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it. Enjoy!

Candi Merritt

Certified Nutrition Education Ambassador

 

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