With the arrival of fall, you’re likely looking for ways to fill your plate with seasonal veggies—including butternut squash. Butternut squash is low in calories and considered a superfood thanks to being rich in nutrients.
People love the versatility of butternut squash and it’s easy to see why. It can be roasted, steamed, baked or boiled. And because this Nutrisystem SmartCarb has a relatively mild flavor, it’s really easy to add it to soup, chili and other fall recipes. Even veggie haters will gobble it up!
To help you learn how to cook butternut squash and incorporate more of it into your fall dishes, we’ve rounded up some ideas for you to try this season. Check out these 11 healthy butternut squash recipes:
There’s nothing better than comfort food—other than, perhaps, comfort food made easy! With this recipe and your handy Instant Pot, there’s no need for all-day simmering to get a rich and hearty soup. This delicious soup comes together in less than 30 minutes. In addition to shredded turkey and butternut squash, it has some complex flavor combinations including jalapeno, spinach and even coconut milk for a soup that’s a little spicy and a little sweet—but a whole lot of delicious. Click here for the full recipe! >
If you’re looking for a delicious, slightly sweet, side vegetable than look no further than this simple roasted butternut squash recipe. It involves coating two cups of cubed butternut squash with some olive oil, sugar free maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then it’s simply roasted until soft. It’s full of flavor but only a mere 110 calories per serving. Click here for the full recipe! >
When it comes to hearty and filling food, a hot and creamy chowder always fits the bill. This particular recipe is also packed with wholesome nutrition. Besides butternut squash, this healthy soup features other nutrient-packed veggies like carrots, celery, onions and turnips. It’s full of flavor and also makes a great base for a Flex Meal on a chilly autumn day. Click here for the full recipe! >
If you haven’t heard the term before, a “roulade,” is a dish cooked in the form of a roll. It looks incredibly fancy and difficult but it’s much easier than you might imagine. In this recipe, a hearty filling that includes steamed butternut squash, spinach, cranberries and some herbs is rolled inside of a turkey breast. It has veggies and lean protein all mixed together! Plus, a serving is under 200 calories, making it a winner for everyone. Click here for the full recipe! >
It’s the heavy cream that often makes traditional butternut squash soup less healthy than it could be. But you really don’t need the cream to get at creamy texture—the squash itself has plenty of that. Our healthier version uses non-fat milk instead but trust us, you’ll still find it rich, creamy and satisfying. Click here for the full recipe! >
If you mainly think of butternut squash in terms of being a side dish or a soup ingredient, this salad recipe will broaden that view. It pairs deliciously with juicy diced apples, tomatoes and avocado, making a meal that’s packed with superfood nutrition. This salad has everything going for it—protein, fiber and flavor. And a serving is just 307 calories. Click here for the full recipe! >
Nothing quite screams “cold weather favorite” like a bowl of chili. This particular chili recipe is made healthier with the addition of nutrient-rich butternut squash as well as other classic chili veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes and onions. It’s hearty, filling and will warm you up on the coldest of fall nights. Click here for the full recipe! >
This recipe makes life easy on a busy fall night when you need to whip up dinner fast. It doesn’t require much prep work and is made all in one sheet pan for easy clean-up, too. Heart-healthy salmon is baked with deliciously seasoned Brussels sprouts and butternut squash for a hearty meal that everyone in the family will love. Click here for the full recipe! >
The all-in-one nature of power bowls has continued to make them a favorite. This particular power bowl is a great choice for Meatless Mondays when you’re looking to fill up on veggies. In addition to roasted butternut squash, it features onions, bell peppers, arugula, quinoa, hummus and more. As with other power bowls, you’ll love seeing how all the different flavor combinations come together in a fulfilling way. Click here for the full recipe! >
Along with butternut squash, this soup has other fall-favorite veggies like carrots, turnips and kale. Thanks to the veggie variety, it’s packed with nutrients and will help leave you feeling full and satisfied after a warm and delicious bowl. A bowl of this yummy butternut squash soup is just 276 calories. Click here for the full recipe! >
This list of butternut squash recipes wouldn’t be complete without a simple baked side dish. This customer submitted recipe includes cubed butternut squash coated in garlic, avocado oil, red pepper flakes, and a little salt and pepper. You can pair it with a protein-packed PowerFuel liked roasted chicken or turkey to make a complete Flex meal. Click here for the full recipe! >