The great thing about making use of a side that isn’t commonly used in everyday cooking and that has a distinct appearance and flavor is that you can cook it very simply and still have a tasty dish that really stands out. This Simply Roasted Butternut Squash is great as a low-hassle option for an autumn dinner – or anytime that you want something with a nice sweet and slightly savory flavor blend.
It really is a shame that butternut squash isn’t better known and utilized by the general public. It not only tastes great but also is extremely good for you, as it’s loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C and also contains generous helpings of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B-6, and dietary fiber, without being overloaded with simple sugars. So how does it taste, exactly? Well, “sweet and somewhat nutty” is the usual way of describing the flavor, I prefer to describe it this way: It’s basically what you would get if a sweet potato and a pumpkin fell in love and had a baby. The flavor and texture are pretty much right in the middle between those two food items. And though there are plenty of fancy ways to make use of it, the simplest way (not to mention a very tasty and versatile way) to cook butternut squash is to half it and roast it with some spices and a few other basic items.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Oh Snap Let’s Eat
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Quick tip: If you want to go dairy free, use coconut oil instead of butter.