Frugal Recipes With Butternut Squash
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Frugal Recipes With Butternut Squash

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am
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You can save money when you buy produce while it is in season.  Butternut squash is in season right now!  Try one of these frugal, and tasty, recipes.Feed your family foods that are in season. Produce is at its freshest, and tastiest, at that time. Your kids might discover that they like some vegetables after all! Another great reason to buy foods while they are in season is that you can save some money. In season foods are at the lowest price of the entire year!

Butternut squash is one of the many foods that is in season in August. It is a great source of calcium and fiber and has plenty of vitamins. Butternut squash is a perfect food to help you transition from the heat of summer to the cooler weather of autumn.

Not sure how to pick out a good butternut squash? Martha Stewart has some great advice that will help you do that. Butternut squash has a hard, light-tan rind and flesh that is a golden orange color. Pick one that feels heavier than you expected it to (based on its size). Look for a butternut squash that has smooth skin and a matte surface.

Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe came from AllRecipes. It makes 6 servings. You will need:

* 6 cups of peeled and cubed butternut squash
* 4 cubes chicken bouillon
* 3 cups of water
* 4 tablespoons of margarine
* 6 tablespoons of chopped onion
* 2 of the 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
* some spices and pepper

Saute the onions and margarine in a large saucepan. Add the squash, water, bouillon, and spices. Bring to boil. Cook it for 20 minutes (or until the squash is tender). Next, puree the squash and cream cheese in a blender until it is smooth. Return it to the saucepan and heat it through.

Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash
Martha Stewart has a great recipe that lets you sneak some veggies into a family favorite. It makes 6 servings. You will need:

* 1 small butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes)
* 1 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock
* 1 1/2 cups of nonfat milk
* 1 pound of elbow macaroni
* 4 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese (finely grated)
* 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese (finely grated)
* 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
* 1 teaspoon of olive oil
* some pepper and spices

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine squash, chicken stock, and milk into a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat about 20 minutes (or until squash is tender). Mash it with the pepper and spices. Cook the noodles like you normally would. When the noodles are done, put them in a bowl and add the squash mixture and the cheeses. Mix it up! Follow the rest of the instructions on the Martha Stewart website to finish. In short, you bake the macaroni and cheese (with butternut squash) dish.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.