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Squash packs nutrients and vitamins that have disease-fighting properties and help you stay healthy. Let’s face it, during the winter months we need to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from those nasty winter colds and viruses. Loaded with more than 32.8% of Vitamin C, you can’t beat the immune-boosting support that winter squash provides. Also, one cup has approximately 80 calories; not too shabby. On top of all of that, it tastes good too! So if you’re looking for the perfect food to add to your winter recipes, this is it! Here are five awesome squash dinners that will make you wish you’d added squash to your dinner recipes a long time ago.

Skinny Butternut Squash Soup: This soup is the epitome of winter comfort. Roasted onions and apples bring so much flavor to this soup. Quick cooking tip: toss the squash in the microwave for a couple minutes to make it easier to slice! Check out our skinny recipe here!

skinny butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Risotto: Double the amount of squash and rice (unless you like your risotto more soupy), and an extra touch of garlic gives this risotto just enough flavor. This dish is perfect as a side or even as the main course! (via All Recipes)

squash risotto

Butternut Squash Bake: This recipe is for all of you blue cheese lovers (feta works great as well). Add some Italian spices to this dish for utter perfection! (via All Recipes)

Butternut Squash Bake

Winter Vegetable Hash: This recipe allows you to indulge in that great potato-taste, while still being healthy. Try using vegetable stock while sautéing the veggies. This is another one of those recipes that is more flavorful after it’s had a day to meld all of the flavors together (via All Recipes).

Winter Vegetables

Skinny Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs: What list of squash dishes is complete without mentioning spaghetti squash? You’ll forget any other version of the word “spaghetti” after you’ve tried this. Check out our recipe here!

Spaghetti Squash turkey Meatballs