Break out of the pumpkin rut with 4 unique winter squash recipes

Winter squashImage credit: A bit of squash by Ruth Hartnup, on Flickr. CC by 2.0.

You know by now that autumn is the season for all things pumpkin. It’s in everything from coffee to cereal to dog treats. (Really, dogs? You too?) I even saw pumpkin pie spiced Pringles in my local grocery store. (You took it too far, Pringles. You took it too far.)

With all the pumpkin hype, it’s easy to forget that the winter squash family is full of equally delicious, healthy and versatile options. From acorn to butternut to carnival, there’s a squash for every taste and every meal. I think I’ll stock up on squash at my local farmer’s market this weekend and try some of these unique recipes!

  • Butternut squaffles – Looking to sneak more vegetables into your kids? Hide it in waffles! They don’t have to know their delicious breakfast treat is good for them. 
  • Warming winter squash soup – There’s nothing better than soup for lunch when the weather turns cool. This might become my new go-to lunch soup. (Sorry, creamy mushroom soup. I still love you, too.)
  • Acorn squash with chile-lime vinaigrette – This is my all-time favorite acorn squash recipe. It’s easy to make and full of complex flavors. 
  • Vegan pumpkin pie hot chocolate – For all of the pumpkin lovers, I had to include this amazing hot chocolate. Relax around the fire pit with your family and friends and sip this delicious treat.

What’s your favorite winter squash recipe? I’m always looking for suggestions. Leave them in the comments or take part in the discussion happening on Facebook.