What is a healthy vegetarian butternut squash recipe?

Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Butternut squash with green cabbage and toasted sesame seeds is a healthy vegetarian meal.

The naturally sweet flavors of the squash, cabbage, and onion are rounded out by the nuttiness of toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Try this recipe:

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 5 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 8 cups green cabbage (1 medium head)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Microwave butternut squash cubes on high for 8 minutes with an inch of water coating the bottom of the dish. Hint: To save time, you can purchase butternut squash peeled and pre-cubed. Another option: Pre-bake whole butternut squash in oven at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes, then peel off flesh and slice into cubes.
  • Heat sesame seeds on nonstick skillet over medium heat until lightly toasted to a golden- brown color and a nutty aroma is released. Watch seeds carefully to prevent them from burning. Set seeds aside on plate.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in cabbage, softened squash and water; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in sesame seeds and soy sauce.
Nutritional Information: Calories per 1 cup serving: 128

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