How to cook butternut squash

Welcome to the first post of our zero waste holidays series, where we'll be sharing tips to cut waste around the holiday season! Whether that's exploring vegan recipes to avoid resource-intensive ingredients or looking at tricks to use less around this time of the year, we'll be exploring it all.

Today's tip builds on our recent Instagram post on why you should shop with the seasons and which fruits & veggies are in season currently. Today, let's look at how to cook one of those seasonal veggies -- specifically, the butternut squash.

The butternut squash has so many benefits, including being high in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and tons of other nutrients to keep your heart healthy and deter from cancers. You can find this squash easily at your local market during late summer and fall, although they store so well that they're usually available year-round. (Plus, this is a great veggie to opt for because it requires little to no packaging to be transported!)

With so many benefits, you're probably wondering what's the best way to actually prepare the squash; and luckily, it's as easy as roasting it up. Let's take a look!

Step 1. Peel the squash using a knife or vegetable peeler; cut in half and take out the seeds. Compost the skin, seeds, and stem.

Butternut squash recipe on Femikit

Step 2: Cube the squash and toss with olive oil (or oil of your choice), garlic, and any other seasonings.

Butternut squash recipe on Femikit

Step 3: Bake the squash at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, until squash is tender.

And that's it! Your roasted squash can be served alone or added to anything: throw it in your salads, serve them as a Thanksgiving side, or snack on them throughout the day. Next time you're getting groceries, don't forget to pick up one of these and show us how you made it. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more #zerowasteholidays tips!

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