Nutritionally speaking, pumpkins are hard to beat, topping the list of superfoods with plenty of protein, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene. Plus, they're low in calories (just 49 per cup), making them the perfect anchor for a hearty pasta dish with anchovies and toasted walnuts.
Like other hard-shelled winter squash, spaghetti squash is harvested in the early fall, and can keep for months in cool storage. Serving this as an entree -- instead of a meat or pasta -- will satisfy both vegetarians and guests who may have gluten sensitivities, as well.
In this salad, hearty enough to be a main course, delicata squash is tossed with kale, cranberry beans, and a tangy balsamic dressing.