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How to Cook Butternut Squash Cubes in the Microwave

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author image Sommer Leigh
Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Cook Butternut Squash Cubes in the Microwave
A sliced butternut squash. Photo Credit nathan4847/iStock/Getty Images

Butternut squash, a yellow to tan colored winter squash, is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. It's also a source of fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A and C. One half cup of uncooked cubes has 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and only 50 calories. Cubed squash is available at grocers or cut your own after peeling the squash. The sweet-flavored squash is a suitable substitute for any recipe calling for pumpkin or eat it a variety of ways plain, including mashed.

Step 1

Place the cubes in a microwave-safe bowl.

Step 2

Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to the bowl, or just enough to come up about 1 inch on the bowl.

Step 3

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap to seal the moisture in and steam the cubes.

Step 4

Microwave the bowl of cubes on high for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cubes are fork tender. Stir the cubes halfway though the cooking time.

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