5 Healthy Squash Recipes

This week, everyone's prepping the turkey and working on cranberry sauce, so we decided to go for something a little less traditional. Butternut squash is a great way to add seasonal flavor to any recipe — it's less intense than pumpkin, just as sweet as a sweet potato, and super versatile to boot. Here are five of our favorite recipes from this week.

Butternut Squash Crostini via Home Skillet
Photo: Jenn & Seth Kendall / Home Skillet

These pretty-colored snacks make a perfect fall appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.

Spicy Squash Salad with Arugula, Lentils, and Goat Cheese via The Moveable Feasts

Photo: Amy Mills / The Moveable Feasts

This lunch dish includes a variety of great flavors, colors, and textures.

Butternut Squash Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting via Une Gamine Dans la Cuisine

Photo: Valerie / Une Gamine Dans la Cuisine

For a lighter flavor, swap out pumpkin in baked goods for squash. White chocolate on top gives these cupcakes a hit of rich sweetness.

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto via Deliciously Ella

Squash Risotto Photo: Ella / Deliciously Ella

A great, hearty winter dish that's dairy-free, vegan, and gluten free. This healthier take on risotto uses brown rice and plenty of spices and herbs.

Butternut Squash Pecan Pancakes via Pinch of Yum
Photo: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum

Make breakfast truly the most important meal of the day with these special-occasion pancakes. Whole wheat flour and applesauce round out the wholesome ingredient list.

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