Delicious Snacks All Year Long
If you have ever tasted winter squash, then you know it is one of the tastiest foods you will ever eat. I am not talking about eating the squash raw. I am talking about cooking it in a number of ways so you will have a ton of fun with this healthy vegetable. You might even find yourself coming back for more.
The first way to season your winter squash is with a little salt. My mom has always made sure we salt our squash before we put it in the slow cooker. Turns out all other varieties of winter squash carry much better seeds for grilling, such as the butternut, or the sweet potato. However, that is just the start, now you can grate any winter squash seeds and use just any flavor or herb you enjoy. Try grating Cayenne or chipotle. Both are excellent choices that will give your dish a little kick.
Another way to season your winter squash seeds is with some delicious seasoning. There is no reason to skip the spices you already have on hand. A couple of the seasonings you should have on hand are cinnamon and pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seed adds a nice flavor to anything so try spicing your pumpkin soup, stews, stew, or even a dessert. Pumpkin seed also works great as a nice addition to soups, kabocha, and other textures.
One more great idea for your winter squash seeds is to grate a bit of cheese on them. If you have a butternut squash recipe that calls for butternuts, then grate a bit of goat cheese on them. You will notice a nice combination of flavor as the butternut gets cooked. Add a little salt and pepper to taste and enjoy this healthy snack.
If you are looking for a delicious and easy way to make some healthy snacks throughout the cold months, then consider making some varieties of delicious healthy smoothies. You can find some wonderful recipes online. I especially love making chocolate smoothies because not only are they delicious, but they are extremely healthy too! For the ultimate in winter squash seeds and butternut squash goodness, stir together some varieties of sweet potatoes (such as baked potato, purple and green), cranberries, peaches, pears, bananas, carrots and yogurt.
If you would like to snack on something light but still full of flavor, then think about using some nice chunks of canned peaches. You can add some chopped peaches, apples and/or orange rind to the mix to make a delicious and easy to make dessert. The great thing about canned peaches is that you can usually drain off the juice if needed without losing the amazing flavor. For a really easy and tasty dessert, try using frozen fruit, such as melons, peaches, cantaloupe or strawberries.
While you are looking for ways to snack and enjoy your healthy snacks, don't forget that there are some other great ways to enjoy delicious and nutritious cold weather snacking all year round. You may be surprised to know that there are some delicious and easy to make "soups" that are just as delicious and healthy as any of the varieties of winter squash seeds and butternut squash. These soups can be made with ingredients such as cream, eggs, chicken broth and vegetable stock. Using a variety of ingredients, such as vegetable stock, chicken broth, cream, or milk, will allow you to create some delicious and unique variations on a traditional cold weather snack.
One of the best things about winter squash seeds and butternut squash is that both of these fruits are very adaptable to different types of cooking. You can create some delicious and unique dishes using these fruits. If you have never cooked with winter squash or butternut squash, try some of the ideas above to see just how versatile this fruit is.