Real Food Round Up #1: Squash
Let’s hear it for the unsung hero of fall: the humble gourd. Today’s Real Food Round Up is a celebration of Paleo-friendly squash recipes. Cause while everyone’s all “Grande skinny PSL, please“, I’m all “let’s roast this butternut and call it breakfast!”
If you’re like me, outside of basic roasted squash, I don’t have many recipes to just just throw together when I have one of these fall beauties eyeing me from my kitchen counter. Having a supply of reliable squash recipes on hand is so helpful. This Real Food Round Up has over 50 solid recipes for you to browse and bookmark as we head into my favorite season, fall. (Yay, no more shorts! They’re just not as flattering after 35…)
You may have noticed that there are quite a few varieties of this more-likely-to-be-used-as-decoration-anyways veggie… First, there are two seasons for squash: summer and winter. Summer squash are your zucchini and yellow squash, most commonly.This post is featuring winter squash.
Popular options you’ll find in Paleo recipes are butternut, acorn, and the revered spaghetti squash … *moment of silence* … I mean, there’s really two solid options for grain-free noodles: zucchini (e.g. zoodles) and roasted spaghetti squash so we Paleo folks take our spaghetti squash seriously. (PS: It can be a tricky squash to crack! Be sure to read my guide for Roasted Spaghetti Squash for a great result every time.) If you’re ready to brave beyond the basics, check out others such as kabocha, delicata, buttercup and hubbard. You know what, I’m throwing pumpkin into that camp too. Beyond what comes in a can, we don’t eat fresh pumpkin much.
Frugal Paleo Tip from The Frugal Paleo Cookbook: Sometimes just changing the texture can work wonders for adding variety to meal prep! Even with my family of four, we don’t always get through an entire butternut in one meal, for example. I’ve learned that if I cube butternut for roasting one night, then shred the rest for the awesome Green Onion Mac-n-Cheese recipe from Real Life Paleo, we don’t feel like we’ve been eating squash for daaaayz.
Because I believe in a real food approach that best supports your personal needs and preferences, we’ve got a nice selection of traditional Paleo recipes listed here, many of which are Whole30 compliant. For those of us who are just happy to keep things gluten-free (dairy be damned!), I’ve included a few of those recipes as well. This means not every recipe will be right for every one. Truly, how often is that the case anyways?
Happy cooking this fall!
Real Food Round Up #1: SQUASH
Simple & Quick Blender Squash Drop Biscuits from Raising Generation Nourished
Beef Bacon Acorn Squash Mash Bowl from Paleo Flourish Magazine
Roasted Corn and Quinoa Stuffed Squash from 100 Days of Real Food
Roasted Rosemary Winter Squash and Root Veggies from Anya’s Eats
Habanero Roasted Acorn Squash from Simple Cravings. Real Food.
Stuffed Squash with Sausage and Apple from A Calculated Whisk (pictured)
Acorn Squash With Fennel-Sausage Hash from Popular Paleo
Stuffed Acorn Squash from Raising Generation Nourished
Paleo Breakfast Hash from Real Simple Food
Smoked Squash Hummus from Zenbelly
Creamy Dairy Free Kale Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup from Anya’s Eats
Grain Free Butternut Squash Pizza Crusts from Empowered Sustenance
Breakfast Hash Casserole with Butternut Squash & Cilantro from A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash + Apple Soup from The Natural Nurturer
Rosemary Chicken Ragu with Butternut Noodles from Get Inspired Everyday! (pictured)
Moroccan Beef Stew with Lemons and Butternut Squash from And Here We Are…
Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce from Savory Lotus
Creamy Butternut Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup from A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Grain Free Flatbread from Empowered Sustenance
Twice-Baked Cheeseburger Spaghetti Squash from Popular Paleo
Spaghetti Squash Kheer (Indian Dessert) from My Heart Beets
Buffalo Chicken Casserole from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Marinara from Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!
Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats from Popular Paleo
Paleo Lasagna from Real Simple Food (pictured)
Spaghetti Squash with Cilantro-Macadamia Pesto from Rubies & Radishes
Bacon and Kale Spaghetti Squash Fritters from Savory Lotus
Deconstructed Spaghetti Squash Carbonara… Paleo Style! from Popular Paleo
Paleo Baked Pumpkin French Toast from Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind (pictured)
Spicy Pumpkin Pasta from Plaid & Paleo
Cauliflower & Pumpkin ‘Dal’ from Eat Drink Paleo
Stuffed Pumpkin from Raising Generation Nourished
Grain-free Chocolate Chip Squash Blondies from The Real Food Dieticians
Pumpkin Soup from Nummy For My Tummy
Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Casserole from My Heart Beets
Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding with Praline Topping from Anya’s Eats
Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad with Oregano Garlic Chicken from Eat Drink Paleo
Sausage, Squash and Spinach Egg Casserole from Paleo in PDX
Mexican Stuffed Delicata Squash from What Great Grandma Ate
Delicata Squash Soup from A Girl Worth Saving
Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Cranberries from Recipes to Nourish
Breakfast Stuffed Delicata Squash from Real Food with Dana
Duck Bacon Winter Hash from Fresh Planet Flavor (pictured)
Delicata Squash & Chroizo Hash from Rubies & Radishes
Thai Green Curry in Turban Squash from The Primal Desire (pictured)
Chayote Squash Curry Saute from Paleo Flourish Magazine
Spicy Sausage and Squash Soup from Paleo in PDX
Kabocha Squash Soufflé from Rubies & Radishes
Roasted Queen Squash with Sage from Comfort Bites Blog
Don’t forget! Roasting is by far the most popular way to prepare squash. Whether chopped into cubes or splitting in half to harvest the cooked squash, a heavy-duty, non-stick roasting pan will be essential. Here are some popular options: stainless, cast-iron, ceramic.