Q. Help! I’m looking for creative and easy ways to cook with winter squash that my whole family will enjoy. Any ideas?


A. Winter Squash is incredibly versatile. It can be roasted, puréed in a food processor, and added to some classic family dinners. Try adding a cup of puree to your favorite pancake or waffle mix. Stir a cup of the squash into the cheese sauce for your mac & cheese recipe or the cream sauce for your fettuccine Alfredo. Or try my favorite: Jazz up a cheesy queso dip for nacho chips with the silky sweetness of squash. Butternut Queso with a Kick is kid approved! The puree will keep in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.


Tip: When prepping your squash, save the seeds. Wash, dry and roast for a snack later. 


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