Mashed Winter Squash 3 Ways
Looking for a filling, nutrient-dense side dish that is versatile, easy, and delicious? Meet your new favorite cold-weather staple: Mashed Winter Squash.
The base stays the same: Roasted winter squash scooped from its skin, moistened with broth, seasoned, and mashed. It’s the three flavoring options that provide personality. From Italian-inspired fresh sage, garlic, and nutmeg, to aromatic Chinese 5-Spice, or licorice-scented tarragon kissed with coconut milk. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, and dead simple to get on the table.
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What’s the best kind of squash to use?
I debated being more specific than “winter squash” with the title of this recipe because truly, this is amazing with Kabocha, Sunshine, Jarrahdale, Cinderella, or Buttercup Squash. All of those varieties are pumpkin-shaped, with deep-orange flesh, and lots of natural sweetness. Part of what makes these varieties work well is that they provide a good amount of squash flesh, and are easy to roast, scoop, and mash because of it.
That said, finding these varieties might be difficult, and I don’t want you to feel like it’s necessary to run around town hunting down a Kabocha when more common varieties like butternut or even sweet potato would make fine understudies.
Personally, I would avoid smaller (albeit still delicious) varieties like acorn, delicata, or carnival squash, mainly because you would have to roast several to get enough squash, and scooping the flesh can be a little bit awkward from deeply-ridged varieties like acorn. But if that’s what you have on hand, and you’re up for the extra prep time, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with how they would taste.
Best Squash Choices: Kabocha, Sunshine, Buttercup, Jarrahdale, Cinderella
Thyroid-healthy Recipe Highlights:
- 1 serving of winter squash contains between 150% and 450% DV for Vitamin A, which may help reduce the risk of developing hypothyroidism. Winter squash is also high in several other key thyroid supporting nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber.
- Though it is naturally sweet and filling, the glycemic load for winter squash is very low, with a score of 5 out of 250, making it a good choice for weight loss.
- Bone broth is one of the most highly recommended foods for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s. The collagen and glycine can help repair cell damage in the intestinal tract.