Fall Inspired Recipes with Squash


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Thanksgiving is only a little over a couple of weeks away and I have been looking for fall inspired recipes for squash. I found a couple new ones I want to try. To facilitate this post I shopped at Mariano’s for the ingredients for our traditional recipe.

FFR #MyMarianos Squash Display

I really enjoy shopping at Mariano’s. I love that they carry a good selection of organic food. The employees make it a pleasant experience. Each time I have gone, one has helped direct me to a faster checkout. It’s very helpful. Mariano’s also has a reward card shoppers can use to earn 1% cash back on every $50 purchased from November 7 thru February 8, 2014. How’s that for a bit of holiday shopping incentive?

FFR #MyMariano's Squash ingredients

For my very simple recipe I purchased four organic squash, but only used two. Organic parsley, organic butter and ground cinnamon.

FFR #MyMariano's Cooking Squash

Those of you who have never cooked a squash, you wash the squash and cut it into halves lengthwise. Then put it face down inside a 9×12 dish.

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Once cut, scoop out the seeds and pulp from the ball of the squash.

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The squash seeds may be saved, dried and used to plant in your garden next spring (especially if they are organic, non-hybrid seeds!). Or the seeds may be roasted and eaten as a super nutritious snack.

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All four halves would not fit in my pan so I wrapped the last half in foil and baked it along side the pan.

FFR #MyMariano's Preparing Squash

After the squash is baked, it is scooped out of it’s skin and put into a bowl.

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Then I mash it to make sure all the clumps are pretty much out before adding the butter, cinnamon and parsley. And that’s all there is to it. Very simple, inexpensive and yummy!

FFR #MyMariano's Fall Squash Recipe

Fall Inspired Recipes with Squash

Simple Squash Recipe

Serves 8-10
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving
Region Canadian
This simple squash recipe is a tasty side dish for the holiday season.


  • 2 Organic Butternut Squash
  • 1 sprig Organic Parsely ((I used curly parsley, there is also flat leaf))
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Butter


Step 1
Wash squash of in warm water.
Step 2
Cut squash in half lengthwise.
Step 3
Place face down in a 9x12 baking dish. I had an extra so I wrapped it in foil because it would not fit in my pan.
Step 4
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 -60 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.
Step 5
Spoon out squash into a bowl.
Step 6
Mash out lumps.
Step 7
Add butter and cinnamon. Cinnamon can be to taste with more or less.
Step 8
Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top and add a few leaves of parsley for garnish.
Step 9

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  1. Oh yes, squash just means Fall and is so darn delicious. Great ideas!

  2. Jenn says:

    Yum! I have three butternut squashes in the fridge right now. Love it when they are in season and cheap.

  3. I absolutely need to try that because I am nuts about squash and it seems so easy!

  4. I love squash, I just wish the rest of the family did. When I make it though, I don’t have to share! Your recipe looks yummy.

  5. Tammy says:

    I love Butternut Squash and always make a side dish with it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  6. Marcie W. says:

    This sounds yummy, especially with the hint of cinnamon. I always ask my husband to prepare his squash soup during this time of year.

  7. HilLesha says:

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  8. Alicia says:

    Squash is such a perfect fall dish, thanks for sharing! #client

  9. Julie says:

    So easy to make! I’m always intimidated by cooking veggies, but this is something I can handle! :)

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