I love fall. There’s something in the air that makes fall magical, and if there’s anything that will inspire me to cook. It’s going to be fall and the cooler temperatures.
My first time preparing fresh butternut squash was not that long ago. In fact, I made it for the boys to eat from a recipe I saw on The Pioneer Woman. I was inspired, so I picked it up at the store, put it on the counter, and waited until the last possible moment to cook it. Because frankly, I was also a little intimidated.
Since then, it’s become one of my favorite things to make. I LOVE the flavor. I love how much you can do with it. And, I love how much my kids love it.
So with the cold rainy morning we’ve had, I was, again, inspired to cook this morning and went straight to my butternut squash.
Preparing Butternut Squash
If you have never made butternut squash before, don’t be intimidated like I was. It’s big, yes, but divide and conquer!
Start by cutting the top and bottom off of it. It doesn’t take much, so don’t go crazy. Then, slice the entire thing in half length wise. And, finally, remove the seeds inside.
Next, using a potato peeler, remove the outer skin.
Now, you’ve got to slice and dice the whole thing.
To do this I turn the entire thing on the flat side and cut length wise several strips. Then I chop those up so I end up with cubes.
From here, there is so much you can do. As for me, I boiled it.
I chose to boil the butternut squash because of my boys. They need food that’s fairly easy to eat, and I was sure this method would be best.
Sweet Cinnamon Nutmeg Butternut Squash
- 1 Butternut Squash, cubed
- 2 TBSP Butter (I used real, unsalted butter)
- 1 Heaping TBSP Light Brown Sugar
- Peel, remove seeds, and dice butternut squash
- In a large sauce pan, combine butter and brown sugar, combine well
- Add butternut squash, and incorporate to butter and brown sugar mixture
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
- Serve warm
How do you prepare butternut squash?
There are so many recipes out there for butternut squash, and I am most certainly ready to become more adventurous! Like, soups, for example. And, I think this is the year I’m going to take the leap and experiment with it. How do you prepare butternut squash?