Squash is a good source of fiber on its own, but pair it with whole-wheat pasta, and you'll have a meal that packs up to half of the fiber you need for the entire day. The taste of squash pairs nicely with the mild flavor of pasta, as well. Roast butternut or acorn squash, cut it into cubes and toss it with cooked pasta, sautéed garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Cut zucchini into ribbons and pair it with cooked whole-wheat linguine, diced onions and grape tomatoes. For a twist, use cooked spaghetti squash in place of whole-wheat noodles. Top the cooked squash with your favorite marinara sauce for a meal rich in fiber and vitamin A and lower in carbohydrates than regular pasta. The creamy texture of many types of cooked squash complement the bold flavor of roasted or grilled meat.
Puree cooked butternut or acorn squash with low-fat milk, which adds bone-building calcium to your meal, and fresh herbs and spices, such as sage or rosemary. Serve the squash with seared steaks in place of your usual mashed potatoes. Slice zucchini or crookneck squash and place it into a piece of foil that you've sprayed with nonstick cooking oil. Add fresh onions and garlic, and your favorite herbs and spices. Seal the packets, grill the squash until it's soft and serve it as a fiber and vitamin A-rich side dish for grilled chicken or pork chops.