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Sensational sides that make any holiday meal special

Want to mash, bake or roast squash but can't get past the finicky work of peeling? Learn a fast way to scrap the peel. You'll need a large heavy knife and a microwave. Then you're set to cook your favourite squash recipes.

Acorn Squash

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard pulp and seeds.
  2. Slice into lengthwise wedges, along the indented "lines" of the ridges.
  3. Place about half the wedges at a time on a microwaveable plate. Cut-sides up. Microwave on HIGH 3 to 4 min., until the peel "gives" a little when pressed. Cool. Use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to slice along each wedge to remove peel.

Butternut Squash

  1. Slice off the stem end, then cut the "neck" of the squash from the "bulb".
  2. Cut the "bulb" section in half. Scrape out pulp and seeds. Cut into thick wedges.
  3. Microwave squash pieces on HIGH 3 to 4 min. Cool. Stand the neck upright, use a knife to slice down the sides to remove peel. Use a paring knife or peeler to remove the peel from the wedges.

Some of our favourite ways to season squash include:

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Butter & Maple Syrup
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Nutmeg & Black Pepper
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Olive Oil & Garlic
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Cayenne Pepper & Fresh Sage
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Roasted & Ready

Perfectly roasted veg are yours with these handy tips:

  1. For even cooking, chop vegetables such as cauliflower, peppers, onions and zucchini into equal-size pieces. If adding root vegetables like carrots, potatoes or sweet potatoes, cut them into slighty smaller pieces since they take longer to cook.

  2. To prevent veggies from sticking to pan, toss pieces with oil before roasting. Or place oiled veggies on parchment-lined pan.

  3. Less crowding means better browning: Spread veggies in a single layer in baking pan.

  4. High heat often works best. Roast at 200°C to 230°C (400°F to 450°F) for a well-browned exterior and tender interior.

  5. Save on prep. Pick up grilling trays with pre-cut veggies in our Produce Department. They're ready to roast or grill!

Save on prep. Pick up grilling trays with pre-cut veggies in our Produce Department. They're ready to roast or grill!

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Red Potato Medley Vegetable Grillers

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Carrots, Snap Peas, Peppers Griller

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Get festive with fruit

Add vibrant hits of colour to your holiday table with these fresh fruit ideas:

  1. Nestle colourful fruits, veggies and herbs around the roast to take your platter next level! To caramelize figs and persimmons: Slice figs in half lengthwise, persimmons into wedges. Heat butter or oil in frypan. Cook cut-sides of fruit on medium heat just till golden. Or use fruits raw.

  2. Add a taste of the tropics with this refreshing green mango and shrimp salad.

  3. Festive mocktails and cocktails dazzle when made with fresh fruit and citrus. Find your new favourite here.