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.

Butternut Squash Crostini

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

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

Spicy Squash Salad with Arugula, Lentils, and Goat Cheese

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

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

Butternut Squash Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

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

Squash Risotto

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

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

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.