How To Save Terrible Tasting Winter Squash – A Recipe

Nosh Nerd

Every year,  usually at the end of the season, I end up with a winter squash that tastes awful. It’s not moldy, or overly dried out. It just tastes rather bitter instead of sweet and flavorful as most winter squash should taste. For years I thought my only options was give up and throw it away. Not anymore!

For dinner, about a month ago I baked a couple of squashes – one delecata and one carnival. The delecata was amazing as usual. But the carnival tasted wrong, just wrong. Instead of just tossing it I wondered if it might taste better with some savory spices. Using some over-steamed cauliflower (it happens more than I’d like) and some spices I got to testing!


Winter Squash

Winter Squash

How To Save Terrible Tasting Winter Squash
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups - winter Squash
  • 1 cup - steamed cauliflower
  • ¼ cup - Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp - frontier curry seasoning(you can use another brand of curry seasoning if you'd like)
  • or a combination of the following
  • ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp coriander, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp of turmeric, pinch of ground fenugreek - grind in spice grinder or mortar and pestal
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. If squash is hot let cool
  2. Blend squash in blender or food processor
  3. Blend steamed cauliflower into squash
  4. Add coconut milk, seasonings, and salt and pepper to the squash cauliflower mix
  5. Warm and serve!
This recipe can also work if your cauliflower was over steamed and you have regular tasting squash on hand. Repurpose, don't waste!
If anyone has questions about what to do with “ruined” or crumby tasting vegetables, or fruits and veggies past their prime let me know. I might have a solution already. Alternatively, I’d be happy to test some recipes out!

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