Now is the time of year when winter squash is very inexpensive. A lot of people use squash for decorations during the holiday and fall season. For this reason squash can be very reasonably priced because it is currently in season. So I suggest you stock up on the squash. The squash can be used for two purposes. You can use them to decorate your home. For example they make great table decorations.
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Once you are done with your tablescape you can also use the squash for food as well. The great thing about winter squash is that they will keep for months without going bad. The common choices are pumpkins, acorn, butternut squash, and others. So when you see these items at a reasonable price, stock up! The other day I bought 4 and they were .79 each, not per pound, but each! Therefore size was not a factor, so that's a great deal. You can stock up, cook and freeze some of your prepared meals for later.
So once you buy them what can you do with them? Well there are many ways to cook squash. Below is a recipe for a great squash soup.
2 small to average size squash (I used 1 butternut squash and 1 acorn squash, so you can even mix them)
3-4 small apples or pears peeled and sliced
1 tsp. of each nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon each
1 tbsp. coconut oil (optional)
1-2 tbsp. sweetener like maple syrup or honey (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Bake your squash by adding the squash to a glass dish with approximately 1-2 inches of water for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
3. Cut open the squash and scoop out the seeds and stringy material and discard.
4. Add squash to the blender. Do not add the out layer skin, discard that as well.
5. Add the apples to the blender.
6. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
7. Blend well. Taste. If you want more flavor add more seasonings in the same amounts as above. Be careful of adding too much nutmeg and allspice
8. Serve warm.
9. Optional: Top with glazed or roasted chopped nuts.
*This recipe can be made and frozen to eat later.
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