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Pumpkin or Squash?

Did you know - all pumpkins are squashes, but not all squashes are pumpkins!

Pumpkins, along with acorn squash and zucchini, belong to one species of squash. Butternuts, kabochas, turbans, delicatas, cinderellas and other winter squash types belong to other species. And while they have subtly distinct flavors, they are all edible.

All that botany aside, squash are superfoods - packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other phytochemicals for good health. Add them to your eating plan now, while they are in season at farmers markets and grocery stores - and your local pumpkin patch - have plenty to choose from.



Give yourself permission to experiment. Very little can go wrong with veggies, as long as they are not overcooked. And if that happens, mash 'em up, add a bit of butter, and consider yourself ingenious.


Use frozen and pre-cut veggies to ease your schedule. These choices can help make meal prep a breeze, and on the whole offer equal nutrition to their fresh brethren.



There is no need for a time-consuming, multi-step method for preparing veggies. Steaming, braising, and seasoning are easy techniques that yield tasty results.

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