Squash…From Decoration to Dinner Table

 Take those squash you’re using if your fall home decor, and turn them into delicious and healthy side dishes!
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Now that Halloween is wrapped up, it might be time to have a look at those squash and pumpkins
you have been using for decoration …
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I bought acorn squash, butternut squash, sugar pumpkins and kabocha squash for my festive decorating,
but I also had another use for them in the back of my mind…
Most in tact squashes and pumpkins last for quite sometime, so I knew that I would be able to use them for a number of things like flower arrangements, candle holders, and also cooking!Squash and pumpkin are sooooo nutritious and delicious…
…perfect as a simple side dish, or in pies, soups, loaves, and baked oatmeal.– – –
How to roast squash
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So just what do you do with them…?
Roast them.
Puree them.
Bake with them.
Yum.
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  • Cut the squash or sugar pumpkin in half, then scrape out the seeds and stringy bits.
  • Place in a baking dish, cut side up (like in the pictures), then add some water to the bottom of the pan.
  • Sometimes I like to add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp brown sugar in the middle of the squash (like in the acorn squash picture above). This is especially delicious if you are eating them as a side dish.  Just mix it in together with the squash after roasting.
  • Cover each side in tin foil.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1-2 hours.  Some take longer than others, depending on the density of the squash.  Just check them at the 1 hour mark, to see if the flesh is soft and scrape-able and looks nice and roasted.
  • After roasting, puree, and enjoy as a side dish, or use the cooled puree in your baking.

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You might be interested in these recipes that use pumpkin or butternut squash puree:

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Simple. Delicious. Nutritious.
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  • Reply Sam November 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM That looks so so good! I've never tried using fresh pumpkin puree in my pumpkin bread, and I probably won't get to this year sadly. Bad year for pumpkins in my area unfortunately. Love these recipes, I'll definitely be keeping them in mind!

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  • Reply Bronwyn - Queen B November 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM Pumpkin in my oatmeal? I've never heard of that - but def. something I am going to try! Yummy!
  • Reply Stevie @ MooreBabies November 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM mmmm looks yummy!

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  • Reply Ali Richardson November 3, 2011 at 5:14 PM Great tips! Your photos are so gorgeous :)
  • Reply Anonymous November 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM I love this blog. gorgeous photos and great ideas. I would love to have tried this but no good pumpkins in my area, if you're ever looking for cheap decorations i would suggest http://www.homeseasons.com . thanks for sharing!
  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner November 4, 2011 at 10:37 PM Hi, again! Do you feel like I'm stalking you today? haha Today I've finally had a chance to sit at the computer and look around. I've been visiting all my favorite blogs.

    Anyway, I love squash in any form! Just recently I peeled, diced and roasted a butternut squash for the first time. Amazing!! The best ever. My hubby and I were like kids in a candy store. Unfortunately for me, I only decorated with gords a tiny baby pumpkins. Not much "meat" on those. : )

    ~ Catie
  • Reply Aubree November 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM I love squash! Great photos!
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