Roasted Butternut Squash

 

roasted butternut squash

One cup of butternut squash provides almost four times your vitamin A needs for the day, and provides more potassium than a banana, and is also a good source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and antioxidants.

This recipe makes a nice side dish for lean protein. You can also try it on a bed of greens for a hearty salad, or add it to soups. Eat it in place of baked sweet potatoes, roasted pumpkin, or any starchy vegetable.

I learned that you cut this squash by cutting off the stem and the base. You can stand it on its ends and peel it with a knife, or if you’re worried about it slipping, a vegetable peeler is always a safe bet. After cutting in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and fibrous flesh out of the middle before roasting.

Enjoy!

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Roasted Butternut Squash
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cut into 1½-inch pieces (about 2 lbs.)
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place squash in large oven-proof roasting pan (or baking sheet).
  3. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme; mix well. Spread squash in a single layer in pan.
  4. Bake, turning twice, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until brown and tender-crisp.
Notes
Most people throw out the seeds, but you can actually roast them (separately), just like pumpkin.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 59 Fat: 2 Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 10 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 146 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1 Cholesterol: 0