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5 Ways to Prepare Winter Squash: Low-Cholesterol Winter Squash Recipes

Easy Winter Squash Recipes for Your Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Updated January 24, 2011

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Think that omega-3 fats are found only in fish? Well think again! Winter squash is also a source of the cholesterol-friendly fats. Try winter squash (such as butternut squash or spaghetti squash) for a nutrient-packed way to shake up your meal-time routine. The possibilities are endless with these versatile vegetables.

At Lunch: Beans, Butternut Squash and Apples combines spicy and sweet flavors for a hearty stew you can enjoy year-round.

As a Party Appetizer: Try this Spicy Thai Chicken Salad With Butternut Squash for a creative start to your party.

At Dinner: A side unto itself, Spaghetti Squash makes for a fun, colorful addition to any dinner menu.

Baked Squash Fries are a fantastic alternative to French Fries, and are fun for the whole family.

As a Side or Dessert: This fantastic Butternut Squash Bake takes the place of high fat pies or cakes. (Use plant stenol spread, such as Benecol, in place of butter to make this dish even more cholesterol-friendly).

PREPARATION TIPS:

Seasonings: Top with fresh or dried ground cinnamon, cumin, rosemary, tarragon, or parsley.

Toppings: Try a mixture of chopped apples, brown sugar and cinnamon to add a healthy sweet flavor to squash.

Entrees: Squash pairs well with most meat, and seafood main dishes.

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