Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute in a white oval bowl.
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Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute

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Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute is a burst of flavor and textures. You can use almost any kind of squash but I recommend trying this dish with kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin.

Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute
Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute

Kabocha, acorn, butternut and pumpkin ~ oh my!!! So many different winter squashes to try. I love cool and crisp fall days in October. I also love the great variety of squash we now see at the grocers. While they are all slightly different, I find the majority of them are fantastic with fragrant and sweet spices. In this winter squash saute, I used all of my favorites ~ sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, and red chili pepper flakes.

A friend of ours grew kabocha squash in their garden this past summer. We were lucky to receive some.

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Also known as Japanese pumpkin, Kabocha squash is slightly sweet and has a similar texture to pumpkin or butternut.

I used it here in this fragrant and fruity squash saute, but you can use other varieties of winter squash and achieve great results. I recommend acorn, hubbard or butternut for their texture and pairing with these spices. It’s a great accompaniment to chicken, turkey or pork. If you are looking for more plant-based recipes, this squash saute pairs great with seared tofu or add in your favorite type of beans.

Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute paired with roasted lemon chicken.
Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute paired with roasted lemon chicken.

In this fragrant and fruity winter squash saute, you’ll get a taste of naturally sweet squash, fruity raisins and Craisins, a crunch of celery and walnuts all pulled together with kale and the fragrant spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and thyme. It’s fall on a plate.

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Large skillet
Vegetable peeler

Fragrant and fruity winter squash saute

In this fragrant and fruity winter squash saute, you’ll get a taste of naturally sweet squash, fruity raisins and Craisins, a crunch of celery and walnuts all pulled together with kale and the fragrant spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and thyme. It’s fall on a plate.

  • 1 small winter squash (about 2 lbs (see notes below))
  • 1 medium onion (diced (about 3/4 cut))
  • 1/2 cup celery (diced)
  • 1-2 medium garlic cloves (minced (to taste))
  • 2 cups kale (stems removed, chopped in thin strips)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 pinch red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2- 2 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil ((or other neutral oil))
  1. Cut the squash in half. Remove any seeds and strings. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the sunflower oil over medium-high heat. Cooking the onion and celery a few minutes until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the squash and the garlic and continue cooking until the squash begins to brown.
  4. Add the kale and seasonings. Continue cooking until the kale begins to soften and the squash is fork tender. Reduce the heat if necessary to avoid burning.
  5. Add the walnuts, Craisins and raisins. Turn off the heat and toss. Serve immediately.

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