One way to gain vitamins, minerals and fiber into your family's meal is to incorporate butternut squash in place of rice or potatoes.
Microwaving butternut squash is fast -
just the time it takes to peel,
place in a microwavable container,
and cook on high for 6-8 minutes.
It may be served cubed and seasoned, or mashed quickly.
Depending on the season, serving this nutritionally-packed vegetable in place of conventional starch might even prove gentler to your grocery expenses as well.
For other butternut recipes, please see the right column.