10 Diet-Friendly Squash Recipes You're Going to Love This Winter
Winter squash season is back.
Not only are these seasonal squash varieties tasty, but they also come loaded with some incredible health benefits.
Winter squash can:
- Fight signs of aging—it’s full of carotenoids that convert to Vitamin A
- Give you a boost of Vitamin C to support healthy bones and fight free radicals
- Aid weight loss with the help of fiber, keeping you feeling fuller for longer
Are you ready to pack your winter season with some stellar squash recipes?
Pull out your saucepans, preheat your ovens, and get ready to have your taste-buds blown with our winter squash recipe round-up!
Nourishing Butternut Squash Soup
Of course, we had to start with soup.
‘Tis the season, right?
This heavenly butternut squash soup from Wellness Mama trades traditional heavy cream for coconut milk, making it a lighter—yet still filling—take on a cold-weather classic.
Ultimate Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
Creamy and nutty, acorn squash deserves a spot on your end-of-the-year menu.
Paleo Running Momma’s Ultimate Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash is stuffed with savory sausage, mushrooms, and cranberries. This Whole30-friendly dish makes a great addition to any holiday meal.
Roasted Delicata Squash
New-ish on the squash scene, delicata squash is making its mark in the health food world.
Creamy and slightly sweet, delicata squash is at its best in this Roasted Delicata Squash recipe from Foolproof Living. Pair it with an easy—and optional—agrodolce (a traditional sweet and sour Italian sauce). This simple recipe is a gateway towards broadening your squash horizons.
Keto Butternut Squash Risotto
What if we told you that you could make a delicious, healthy, and Keto-friendly risotto in under 30 minutes?
Boasting a whopping 7 net carbs per cup, I Breathe I’m Hungry’s Keto Butternut Squash Risotto can be made in just about 25 minutes.
This recipe uses cauliflower rice to serve up everything you love about risotto but without the high glycemic load of rice.
Spaghetti Squash Black Bean Bowls
Spaghetti Squash Black Bean Bowls from The Glowing Fridge is proof that an excellent burrito-bowl knows no season.
This plant-based recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and full of gorgeous, whole ingredients—some of which you probably already have in your pantry.
With crunchy red cabbage and light avocado mash, this one is sure to delight without expanding your waistline.
Delicata Squash and Kale Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
We’re not sure we’ve seen a salad quite as beautiful as this Delicata Squash and Kale Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette from Oh My Veggies.
Made with many seasonal ingredients like kale, pomegranate, and pepitas (a.k.a. pumpkin seeds)—not to mention delicata squash—this salad is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the body.
Plus, there’s nothing we love more than a fresh, homemade vinaigrette for extra zing.
Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
You didn’t think you were going to get through a winter squash recipe round-up without seeing a pumpkin, did you?
Cookie + Kate’s Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup is a savory, warm, and healthy way to keep warm on a cold night. You can even use canned pumpkin if you want a quicker meal—or just don’t want to roast a pumpkin.
Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Ragu
Want your pasta fix without the pasta?
Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Ragu from Healthy Seasonal Recipes has got you covered. Loaded with fresh veggies and lean turkey sausage, it’s everything you could ever ask for in low-carb comfort food.
Roasted Kabocha Squash
With only four ingredients, this super simple Roasted Kabocha Squash from Nom Nom Paleo is the perfect way to get acquainted with this little Japanese pumpkin and makes a great side dish for your main course.
Just like delicata squash, the peel of kabocha squash is edible so no peeling is required (unless you want to, of course).
Roasted Honeynut Squash with Spicy Agrodolce
At first glance, honeynut squash looks like miniature butternut squash. But, appearances can be deceiving.
It is related to butternut, but the honeynut squash is sweeter and boasts that edible peel we’ve come to treasure for its time-saving qualities.
Roasted Honeynut Squash with Spicy Agrodolce by Eating Well mixes the sweet creaminess of honeynut squash with crunchy walnuts and a spicier take on agrodolce for a healthy side dish with a little kick to warm you up on a cold winter day.
When the weather turns cold, there’s nothing like a warm, filling meal to keep your belly full and your heart warm. These squash recipes are sure to satisfy your hunger without wrecking your diet, breaking your macros, or putting Paleo on the backburner.
Which one of these winter squash recipes are you trying tonight?