Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash

Some people save squash just for the holiday season but this sweet and spicy butternut squash is one of my favorite foods to enjoy all year-‘round!

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash

Course Side Dish
Servings 6
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Coat baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place cut side down in the pan.
  • Roast in oven until tender, 30-45 minutes.  If preferred, squash can be cooked in the microwave on high for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and leave it until it’s cool enough to handle but still warm. Scoop squash from skins into a large bowl.
  • Add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg to the squash. Stir until ingredients are well incorporated and butter melts. Use a blender or mixer to make the squash smoother, if desired.
  • Serve warm.
  • Hack: Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store. Frozen butternut squash can also be used. Adjust roasting time to 20-25 minutes.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be packed in serving-sized portions in sealable freezer bags or containers and frozen for future use.
  • Hack: Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale!  Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.
Keyword butternut squash, easy, mashed squash, oven roasted, oven roasted vegetables, savory squash, squash, vegetarian, vegetarian side dish, winter squash

 

Did you know?  Winter squash provides numerous health benefits that may help reduce the risk of many diseases!

Suggestion: If you love butternut squash, try this simple butternut soup!

Homemade Simple Butternut Soup

This simple butternut soup is nutritious, low-calorie and so rich in flavor, it’s going to become your new favorite thing! Serve it hot or cold!

Simple Butternut Soup

Simple Butternut Soup

Course Soup
Servings 6
Calories 120 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash (about two pounds), halved and seeded 
  • 1 Vidalia or sweet onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and quartered
  • ½ tsp curry
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Coat a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray. Place squash cut side down on baking dish and arrange onion and potato sections around it.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. When squash is cool enough to handle, remove skin and discard.
  • In a food processor or blender (by batches), blend together squash, onion, potato, curry, nutmeg and hot sauce until smooth. Add vegetable broth as necessary to thin.
  • Transfer squash mixture to saucepan, add vegetable broth and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 12 months.
  • Hack: Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store. Frozen butternut squash can also be used.
Keyword butternut squash, homemade soup, low calorie, oven roasted vegetables, squash, sweet potato, vegan, vegetarian, winter squash

Did you know? Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale!  Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.

Suggestion:  Serve this soup with some naan flatbread for a light meal or snack.

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