Learning how to cook squash in the Crock Pot is a game changer! Who knew that delicious, healthy squash could be made with almost no effort at all? Definitely pull out the slow cooker the next time that squash is on the menu!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love my Crock Pot! Of course you can make all kinds of delicious, hearty concoctions in a slow cooker, but did you realize that it’s also really great for a lot of healthy, simple foods as well? Actually, I would argue that it almost turns those healthy foods into comfort foods in their own right. Today I’m going to show you how simple it is to cook squash in the Crock Pot.
I’ve shared how easy it is to make simple “baked” potatoes in the Crock Pot, as well as really delicious “roasted” sweet potatoes, but I forgot to share my other favourite healthy thing to slow cook! Winter squash is definitely one of those foods that’s healthy, but completely crave-able and it’s something that I always find myself thinking about during the colder months. I also find a lot of really nice cold weather soups call for roasted winter squash so this is a really nice, easy way to do it.
How to Cook Squash in the Crock Pot
I used to always think that cooking winter squash was kind of a big production that had to involve butter, brown sugar, and lots of mess and splatters in the oven. Now that I know how to cook squash in the Crock Pot, I’ve learned that this just isn’t true! Winter squash is downright convenient!
So here’s how I do it!
First, start out by cutting your Winter squash in half. Check out this tip I shared the other day for making it easy to cut a squash in half. The outer shells of Winter squash can be pretty hard, so this little trick really helped me out.
Scoop out the seeds.
Toss the two squash halves in the crock pot! I sometimes like to cut the halves into smaller one-serving size pieces and cook them that way too if the squash halves are too big to fit.
A low, casserole style crock pot is really great too for cooking squash if you want to do a few at a time.
If you have a favourite squash recipe that you’re used to making in the oven, it will work great in the Crock Pot as well, or you can just keep things healthy and leave the squash plain like I do.
Cook the squash on low for about 8 hours!
Crock Pot Squash is Super Convenient
The great thing about squash is that if you’re having a really busy day and don’t take it out of the Crock Pot until later than the 8 hours, it’s OK! The squash just seems to get better and sweeter the longer that you cook it! When you cook squash in the Crock Pot, it works out so nicely that you really don’t need anything on it at all in my opinion so that makes this a really great, healthy choice!
What other healthy, simple foods do you like to make in your slow cooker?
Don’t forget to pin this to your healthy recipe boards so you can remember to give it a try!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.