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10 Healthy Squash Recipes

Cold weather often gets a bad rap in the produce department, but this season has plenty to offer! Make squash your go-to gourd with these healthy, easy recipes.

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Pumpkin and Chicken Sausage Risotto
Andrew McCaul
Amy Kalyn Sims
Evan Sklar
Peter Ardito
Claire Benoist
Andy Lyons
Marty Baldwin
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Pumpkin and Chicken Sausage "Risotto"

Roasting concentrates the flavor of the squash (use pumpkin or butternut), and the use of farro instead of rice adds a crunch to this twist on a fall risotto. Make it family-friendly with a mild sausage and you've got a perfect post-pumpkin-patch meal!

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Sausage-and-Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you're looking to shake up your Thanksgiving menu, this stuffed squash can serve as a substitute for traditional (and typically heavy) bread stuffing. Roast the squash in advance to ease holiday prep and free up your oven space.

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Spicy Pumpkin and Shrimp Soup

Use fresh pumpkin if you've got it, but canned works just as well in this easy dish, which is prepared mostly with pantry staples. Vary the spice combinations of this basic recipe for a soup that is as versatile as it is tasty.

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Penne with Roasted Veggies and Shrimp

Made with cauliflower, carrots, and shrimp, this one-pot meal is packed with protein and vitamins. Acorn squash makes a great substitute for the Delicata squash the recipe calls for, which may be harder to find. Serve with a crunchy, whole-grain French bread.

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Kale and Butternut Squash Saute

This vitamin-packed dish combines some of our favorite superfoods. Cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese dress up simply seasoned veggies, making this a perfect choice for a holiday side.

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Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

Your arm will get a workout from all the stirring, but you'll be rewarded with a risotto that works as a stand-alone meal or as the perfect side for roast pork. Save this recipe for your next dinner party when you have guests you want to impress.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Toss the cans and whip up a homemade batch of this sweet and spicy soup on a chilly night. Made with only a few ingredients, this easy, 30-minute dish is sure to become a fall favorite in your house. Serve with naan or homemade garlic croutons.

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Indian-Spiced Squash

Save your pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on the top of this perfectly spiced dish, which can be made with any winter squash variety you wish. Ginger, curry powder, and cumin add a nice heat, while raisins (or cranberries) add a chewy sweetness.

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Spaghetti Squash with Balsamic Beans

Make the vinaigrette in advance for tangy beans that provide a nice contrast to the spaghetti squash in this vegan dish, which is hearty and filling enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore.

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Winter Squash and White Bean Spread

Winter squash (your pick!) and beans combine to make a smooth dip that may become your seasonal substitute for hummus. Try it with a variety of sweet or savory spice mixes, and serve with pita chips for a healthy snack or party nibble.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, November 2013.

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