Delicata squash is easy to clean, cut, and cook, and is so damn delicious…which may make it a new winter favorite.
The better known butternut squash may be more popular, but delicata is easier to prepare, which means less time in the kitchen.
It tastes good, is good for you, and is easy to cook…what’s not to love?!
Delicata Squash Benefits
- Supports Clear Skin: One cup delivers 90% DV Vitamin A, which is needed for clear, blemish-free skin.
- Supports Eye Health: Vitamin A also supports your vision. A Vitamin A deficiency could lead to night blindness.
- Supports a Healthy Immune System: One cup delivers 20% DV of Vitamin C, which supports immune system health.
- Powerful Antioxidants: Vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage, help prevent a range of illness and disease, and support vibrant health.
How to Select Delicata Squash
Look for squash that feel heavy for their size, with even, cream colored skin with green or orange striations. They can be stored in a cool dry place for up to three months.
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How to Prepare Delicata Squash
No need to peel, the skin is edible. Delicata squash tastes so good simply roasted with salt, pepper, and olive oil, there isn’t much need to do anything else!
- 1 delicata squash
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- pink salt
- black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Chop the ends of the delicata squash, then slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the hollowed out part of the squash down on the cutting board, and slice into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Put on baking sheet.
- Top the squash with oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Use your hands to toss and coat each piece well. Then, spread them out flat on the sheet.
- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and serve as a side dish or on top of a warm winter salad.
- No need to peel the skin, it is edible.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.