RECIPE: Delicata Squash

delicata squash

I have to admit, I didn’t even know what a delicata squash was a year ago.  The only squash I really knew was a gourd-shaped yellow squash. Thankfully I’ve now met spaghetti squash (LOVE but have never prepared myself), butternut (meh), acorn and these yummy ladies, The Delicata.

They are easy to make, nutrient rich and super filling. A tip of the cap to Trader Joe’s who attached a sticker with preparation instructions, which got me juggling several of these in to my grocery cart.

Consider these gems for a healthy, elegant but inexpensive, and colorful side item for your Thanksgiving soiree!


Preheat Oven to 400

Cut squash long-ways in half

Scrape out seeds and goop (like the inside of a pumpkin) with a spoon

Slice into 1/4 inch thick strips (will me C-shaped pieces)

Toss with olive oil, sea salt and ground pepper.

Cook for 15-20 minutes

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Delicata Squash

  1. Nice that you don’t peel them! I like that!— I make spaghetti squash spaghetti and put the recipe on my blog. My med school best friend’s sister tried it: “Your friend Terri said that her kids loved that spaghetti squash spaghetti…I don’t know how.” Then, a year later, the sister then told my friend, “Well, I guess it’d help if I tried the right kind of squash.” Who knows which squash she made it with—but I personally wouldn’t make it with any but spaghetti squash! LOL! And then, I told my babysitter the other day to cut a pumpkin sitting in my garage in half and bake it while I was gone. She had cut a spaghetti squash–so much for pumpkin pie this week… Squash is native to America, and yet we don’t know much about it! 🙂

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