Monday, April 8

Butternut Squash Secret

So I learned something revolutionary from my aunt recently.  It's one of those kitchen tips you might find in Real Simple magazine and you say, "Well, that's easy. Now why didn't I think of that"?

What is this amazing secret?

You can PEEL a butternut squash with a regular old potato peeler. 

If you already knew this, then hats off to ya. This was news to me though.

I've been using a knife to cut those darn butternut squashes for years. I even resorted to buying those really expensive, and seemingly less fresh, pre-cut butternut squash.  I felt like I just don't have time or energy to cut a butternut squash right now!

However, I used my handy OXO potato peeler on this squash and it worked like magic. I believe the way to make this successful is to have a nice/sharp peeler.

Peel a butternut squash!

Look a those beautiful butternut squash peel ribbons!  I love this method because it's easier of course, but also because it doesn't waste any squash.

Even though we're finally coming out of winter (AKA butternut squash season for me!), I was recently in the mood for it and tried a fun new allergy-friendly butternut squash soup.

I followed this recipe to make this butternut squash, white bean and kale soup. Boy was it good. It was allergy-friendly for Little Guy, but he's still not a fan of soup. Who knows why!?

White Bean, Kale and Butternut Squash soup
I also roasted some butternut squash with a little olive oil sprayed on the pan and on top of the squash. I baked it at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or so.

Roasting is my current favorite cooking method as I mentioned here and here.
Roasted Butternut Squash
Little Gal is now 7 months old (I can't believe it!), and she's trying all sorts of different fruits and veggies right now. I just mashed up some of the roasted squash for her, added some water to make it less thick, and voila - I made baby food :)
Easy butternut squash baby food. Just mash it!
I encourage you to try the butternut squash peeler secret if you haven't before. What's YOUR your favorite way to prepare and eat squash?

Here's the OXO peeler I use (affiliate link) I was not paid by OXO to mention this peeler...I really do use and like it! 


Kris @ said...

thnk you so much for this tip!!!! i will definitely be trying this when it's baby food making time!!

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

So glad someone didn't know this other than me! :) Let me know how it goes Kris!

Unknown said...

Two things: I had NO idea you could peel it like that and have been buying the prepared packages from Trader Joes and I have that same peeler and love it. Can't wait to try this next winter.

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Great! I probably should also wait until next winter to eat butternut squash since it's in season then, but I'm hooked and will probably still eat it this spring!

Kim Lutz said...

Hi Kathryn,
I also was thrilled to know that my handy OXO peeler could peel a butternut squash without risking my fingers! Your soup looks so delicious!

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Agreed, the peeler is great!

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