I don’t eat squash often enough, although I’ve always loved the way it tastes. During the fall and early winter squash is in abundance. They’re in all shapes and sizes, each tasting delightfully delectable. I was in Trader Joe’s and they had Delicata Squash on display along with several recipes. Don’t you just love when markets tempt you with tasty suggestions? I took a snapshot with my trusty cell phone camera and bought some squash. Trader Joe’s, your superb marketing tactics worked again! It inspired me to make the recipe for Delicata Squash with Gouda Cheese.
- 1 Delicata Squash
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- ½ cup shredded Gouda cheese
- ¼ cup of chopped fresh thyme
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Split the Delicata squash in half and scoop out the seeds
- Place the squash halves into a baking dish
- Drizzle the tops of the squash with olive oil
- Season with sea salt and pepper
- Bake the squash for 45 minutes
- During the last 5 minutes, take the squash out of the oven and fill the cavities with the shredded Gouda. Sprinkle with chopped thyme.
- Continue to bake until the cheese is melted.
I decided to try the savory one with Gouda cheese and fresh thyme. It was delightful and perfect for a light lunch. The only thing I did differently was roast it in the oven instead of using the microwave. It tastes better that way. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can always zap it.
Delicata squash and other squash are some of nature’s healthiest foods.
Winter squash is an important source of carotenoids, which are antioxidants. The carotenoids in winter squash include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin.
Even though we think of it as a type of starch, it comes from polysaccharides found in the cell walls. They are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and will regulate insulin. One cup of baked winter squash will provide you with approximately 340 milligrams of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Although it doesn’t contain an as high amount of omega-3 fats as food like walnuts, it’s still beneficial and not fattening.
Adding Gouda to this delicata squash recipe is an option, and as an official cheese head, it was hard to resist. You can stuff it with just about anything you want including quinoa, nuts, seeds, etc.
What do you like to stuff in squash? Please leave a comment below.