Winter squash varieties are abundant this time of year, so you'll be able to find the produce for cheap! If you've never experimented with butternut squash before, you'll find that it's a versatile ingredient that makes for a filling meal. It's low in fat and high in important nutrients like potassium, antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Grab a few of these gourds next time you're in the market and see why they're such a great seasonal food.
Here's an easy recipe for roasted butternut squash to get you started.
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. For easy cleanup, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
- To prep your squash, you'll need a sharp knife, a spoon and a vegetable peeler. Begin by cutting off the top and bottom of the squash, then cut it in half where the neck meets the bulb.
- Cut the bulb in half and use your spoon to scoop out all the seeds and pulp.
- Begin peeling the vegetable. You'll want to remove the skin until you can see the fleshy orange color underneath. If your squash has vertical green stripes, be sure to take those off too, as they're tough to chew. The juices of the squash can sometimes irritate or dry out your hands, so wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.
- Once you've peeled the neck and the bulb, use a sharp knife to cut the vegetable into 1-inch squares. Try to make the pieces as uniform as possible so they cook evenly.
- Place the pieces in a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Toss to combine.
- Spread the squash out onto the prepared baking sheet. Don't crowd the pieces, or else they won't cook as well. Use two baking sheets if needed.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until desired consistency. Flip the pieces after 20 minutes to brown all sides.
One of the best things about this recipe is that it's easy to customize. Add your favorite herbs and spices for a unique side dish or salad topper. For a spicy kick, sprinkle on some cayenne pepper or jalapenos. For a sweeter dish, coat the squash in brown sugar and cinnamon. You can even try cider vinegar, ground cloves and ginger for a burst of autumn flavor.
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