Winter Squash Health Benefits & Cooking Tips

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Whether you buy them at the farmers market or the supermarket, winter squash makes a great addition to your diet. 

Acorn and butternut are the most popular, but there other varieties as well. 

Local chef Boo Wells says there are many ways they can be prepared.

"You can roast them, bake them, sautee them. You can make soup, mashes. It's really a versatile vegetable," said Wells.

No matter the type of squash, a sharp knife is a must. 

Wells says using a rocking motion is the best cutting method. 

With butternut squash she likes to cube it and roast it with olive oil and kosher salt.

When making acorn squash, Wells adds better and either brown sugar or maple syrup before roasting.

Spaghetti squash is a less known variety which makes a great alternative to pasta.

"Anything you do with pasta, spaghetti squash is even better. It's crunchy and delicious," said Wells.

all winter squash is high in soluble fiber and Vitamin A.

"I like to have people use it in place of pasta, in place of bread, in place of potatoes because it has that starchy feel. It fills you up and yet it has a third of the calories," said registered dietitian Susan Zabriskie.

When stored in the refrigerator or in a spot that's cool, dark and dry, winter squash can last throughout the winter.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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