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10 Winter Vegetables Grilled to Perfection


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Squash
There is plenty of variety in the squash and gourd family. Brighten a drab winter day by grilling acorn or spaghetti squash.
There is plenty of variety in the squash and gourd family. Brighten a drab winter day by grilling acorn or spaghetti squash.
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With so many different types available, squash is the ultimate winter vegetable for grilling. You'll find varieties ranging from acorn to butternut, as well as more exotic spaghetti or pumpkin squash. Whether served alone or in a blend, squash can be used to add rich colors to your winter meal. They're also packed with vitamins, potassium and fiber to keep your family healthy. While many of these nutrients are lost when squash is boiled, grilling helps to preserve these nutrients and may also help to maintain the squash's natural flavor [source: Hilario-Caguiat].

Before grilling, cut squash into cubes or slices. You can wrap these pieces in foil or place them in a vegetable basket before grilling. Smaller pieces can be sliced in half and placed facedown on the grill. Remove the seeds, then add a bit of olive oil during cooking to prevent the squash from drying out. Cook over medium heat, and check the squash frequently as it cooks. Expect grilling to take 20 to 40 minutes, depending on your preferred texture [source: Cooks Illustrated]. Try seasoning squash with salt and pepper, sage or thyme. To enhance the squash's natural flavor, sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.


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