The Quick & Easy Way to Prepare Delicata Squash

Fall is my favorite food season. I love the deep, buttery, rich flavors of roasted squash, soups, chilis and stews.

There’s something so comforting and grounding about the food of fall (and winter). 

One of the things our bodies start to do as the weather cools is become “grounded” or “rooted” and crave more foods that literally come from the ground (i.e., root vegetables), whereas in the spring, we want to “lighten up” and “clean out” the months of hibernating, so we turn to fresh fruits and vegetables and start eating more salads.

Most of us are only familiar with a couple kinds of squash – namely pumpkin and butternut. Those are two of my go-to squashes, but there are so many others that deserve just as much attention!

One of those is delicata squash.

Look at this cute little squash!

Look at this cute little squash!

It has long dark green stripes and a sweet, orange/yellow flesh, and is packed with fiber and beta carotene (good for our skin, vision, and immune system).

Pumpkin and butternut squash can be a bit of a pain to cook, but delicata squash is EASY to prepare! You don’t even need to peel it 🙂

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to cut up delicata squash. Remember to put it in your Hometown Harvest bag this week!


Wash any dirt off the outside, then cut off either end of the squash – the stem on one side, and the “butt” on the other.


Cut the squash in half.



Flip the squash onto its flat side and cut it in half again from top to bottom.


Scoop out the seeds.


Cut the squash into half moons, about 1/2 inch thick slices.

IMG_7067Now you’re ready to cook the squash using any method of your choice…but stay tuned for our upcoming Candied Squash recipe for a sweet suggestion.



About racheldruck

I love to cook, and I am passionate about spreading the message of how delicious, simple and nourishing real food can be. Check out my blog for posts on healthy recipes, tips and tricks, and lessons learned on my healthy eating journey! I'm passionate about educating, teaching and equipping you with the skills, tools and inspiration to live a purposeful, energized life! I live in Baltimore with my husband, my college sweetheart, and work as a wellness consultant and health coach. I also teach healthy cooking classes. I love what I do!

One thought on “The Quick & Easy Way to Prepare Delicata Squash

  1. Pingback: Candied Maple-Cinnamon Delicata Squash {Easy, Vegan, Paleo} | Rachel's Nourishing Kitchen

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