Cooking Healthy: Baked Winter Squash

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Recipes, Sides and Sauces
Last Reviewed 04/21/2014

Cooking Healthy: Baked Winter Squash

Are you looking for a new idea for cooking healthy? Winter squash are a heart-healthy diet bonanza. They contain potassium, alpha lipoic acid, beta carotene, manganese, and vitamin A—and they’re loaded with fiber.

Plus, while winter squash are so rich and delicious that they taste like they should be high in calories, they’re actually a caloric bargain at just about 80 calories per cup. This makes makes them a perfect addition to a heart-healthy diet.

Need a new way to enjoy winter squash? Here’s a favorite recipe for cooking healthy from my kitchen. Try it now, and again as a holiday side dish.

Heart-Healthy Baked Winter Squash

Winter squash (acorn, butternut or crookneck)
1 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh cilantro or parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut squash in half and place cut side down in one inch of water in a glass baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft. Scoop out squash halves, discarding the seeds and place it in a bowl. Mash the squash, adding the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, and enjoy!

Now it’s your turn: What’s your best cooking healthy tip?

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