How to Eat Half a Squash for Dinner

Last month, we gave you 10 ways to eat a potato (and just a potato) for dinner. This time of year, you can use the same technique for eating half of an acorn, butternut, kabocha, or delicata squash. Split it with a family member and pile on some toppings. We've got eight more ideas.

What makes this a quick supper is that you throw the squash halves (seeds removed, slathered with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper) in the oven and roast them at some point in the afternoon. If you aren't eating them right away, take them out of the oven before they're too soft and flimsy. They'll finish cooking when you warm them up.

We love Faith's tip, pictured above, of tossing garlic cloves into the cavities for extra flavor.

So, here are eight ways you eat eat a squash half for dinner...

1. Fill it with leftover soup. Lots of soups would work here. Chili, chicken noodle, lentil, cream of something... Or, if you have a store-bought soup you rely on for busy nights, heat it up and pour it in.

2. Or leftover grain salads. Take this Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash as inspiration. While you can certainly make a new stuffing for your squash, you can also use a brown rice salad or a leftover couscous side dish you have lying around. This recipe for Sweet and Savory Squash Bowls is also good inspiration for using leftovers.

3. Add some meat to the stuffing. Here's an easy template for stuffed squash, which includes a meat, a grain, and a vegetable. This is a great way to use leftovers.

4. Make it into a warm salad. Add some spinach, arugula, or frisee, some croutons, maybe some pomegranate seeds or chunks of pear, and then drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette.

5. Top it with an egg and breadcrumbs. When in doubt... An egg always works. We love the idea of putting buttered, toasted breadcrumbs on top.

6. Keep it simple with goat cheese. We love the combination of winter squash and goat cheese and could eat this over and over—generous chunks of goat cheese spooned into a hot squash. Yum.

7. Shred some rotisserie chicken into it. Couldn't be simpler! We'd grate some good, melty cheese on top and run it under the broiler.

8. Make it dinner and dessert. This requires nothing more than some spices (which is why you'll probably eat the entire squash, not just half). Roast one with curry and chili powder, the other with butter and brown sugar. Here's the template: Sweet and Spicy Squash.

Related: Eight Things to Do with a Butternut Squash

(Image: Faith Durand)