Today we're focusing on squash recipes as we're learning how to garden and will need to have some savory butternut squash recipes as well as some spaghetti squash recipes up our sleeve!

I am finding through my contributions here on Tip Junkie that food is glorious and food can be a masterpiece that entices even the pickiest eaters.

When I took on squash, I thought I would find myself short on flavorful and interesting dishes because squash to me always meant a boring side-dish. Once again, I was proven wrong in my food assumptions. Through my squash research I have come to realize just how very uneducated I was, not only in the knowledge of the many types of squash that are available - butternut, spaghetti, acorn, hubbard, turban (and the list goes on), but also the many, many ways it can be prepared.

With so much variety, I decided to focus my attention on two types of squash (that are found easily in any supermarket), for this round-up.  Additionally, instead of focusing on this vegetable as a side-dish, I chose to find you some wonderful main dish recipes to help you, as well as me, think out side of the squash box a bit. Who knew that squash could be a flavorful ingredient to a whole list of main dishes like scrumptious ravioli, casseroles and even tacos?!

Discover the deliciousness of Butternut and Spaghetti squash through the recipes I found for you below. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Recipes

Butternut Squash Recipes

Baked Butternut Squash and Butternut Squash Ravioli (step-by-step photos) This page includes step-by-step photo instructions for baking your butternut squash and then the preparation steps for making the ravioli. If you've never worked with Butternut squash, this is a great place to start if you have some extra time to spend in the kitchen. If you need a quicker dish, start with one of the others listed here and come back to this one later.

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Au Gratin A healthy spin on a classic casserole dish.

Achiote-Rubbed Butternut Squash Tacos A fabulous vegetarian take on the taco. Achiote paste is called for in this recipe which adds a red coloring and a slightly sour taste. A nice compliment to the sweeter taste of the squash. Add in some poblanos and a soft cheese and you have a great alternative to the traditionally meat filled dish.

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to Pasta dishes if you are being mindful of your carbohydrate intake or if you are one of many who require a gluten-free diet. Spaghetti squash feels indulgent and yet it's perfectly light and healthy. Spicy & Garlicky Spaghetti Squash (step-by-step photos)  Toss your roasted spaghetti squash with this flavorful mix of ingredients and you'll get a lively kick of spice and garlic without the caloric intake of real pasta. Spaghetti Squash with Tomato and Rosemary a bruscetta-like spin on a tasty squash dish. Serve as a side or enjoy it as your main dish. Spaghetti Squash with Crispy Bacon and Turnip Greens a double dose of vegetables with crispy bacon means a fabulously healthy dish with a smidge of guilty pleasure. Bon Apetit! Post contributed by Nicole at Moments that Define Life. Nicole is a stiletto wearing, Cabernet sipping Mama to three girls. She has spent the bulk of her life being a bad cook. But, she has reformed her ways and vows to improve her skills each day in an effort to keep her husband. Her efforts are lost on her children, who respectfully prefer chicken nuggets and PB&J’s.