Low-Fat Butternut Squash With Fresh Ginger

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Yaffa

Published in Jerusalem Post, Jan. 2008. The author recommends streamlining the usual squash-braising technique by using the microwave. It not only shortens the cooking time; it saves the tedious task of cutting the skin off the raw squash. Simply scoop out the cooked pulp and simmer it briefly with the flavors. For a sweet, quick variation, omit the onion and add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to taste, then stir in 1'-2 tablespoons sugar or honey or the equivalent in sweetener, and 1/3 cup raisins or a small can of diced or crushed pineapple; then simmer the mixture for five minutes. For a hearty main course casserole, stir in a can of white beans (plain or in tomato sauce), 1-2 cups canned or cooked frozen corn kernels and 1 small can of tomatoes (drained and chopped); simmer for five minutes.

Top Review by veggienut

In looking for a more healthful way to prepare butternut, rather than the more common brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, I decided to try this. The ginger works really well. The technique for microwaving the squash is a real time saver. I may have cooked it longer than suggested and ended up mashing the squash instead of cutting into chucks. It was still very good. Thank you.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Halve squash and remove seeds and strings. Put squash halves cut upside down in microwave-safe baking dish, add 2 T water and cover with wax paper.
  2. Microwave on high power about 15 minutes or until tender; check by piercing squash in its thickest part with a fork. Remove squash pulp from peel. Roughly dice pulp.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet or saute pan. Add onion and saute over medium heat, stirring often, for 7 minutes. Add minced ginger and saute over low heat for 30 seconds. Add squash pieces, 1/4 cup broth, ground ginger, sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, adding more broth by tablespoons if needed, or until squash is coated with flavoring and is heated through. Don't worry if squash pieces fall apart. Serve hot.

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