I found this recipe on Pinterest, from this site: http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2013/11/parmesan-roasted-butternut-squash-recipe/
I LOVE the taste of butternut squash but I’m too much of a wuss, or just too hungry by the time it comes to making dinner, to actually go cut one up. So I wait until I find that the grocery store has cut some up for me and I buy that 🙂
Whether you cut it up yourself or take my lazy route, at this point all you need to do is mix the butternut squash, salt, pepper, oil (I used sesame oil. Olive oil is not supposed to be heated at a high heat) and Parmesan. On a side note, I stopped eating dairy about a year ago. There really is very little good that comes from dairy other than maybe a taste that you are used to. However, occasionally the situation calls for some cheese. Situations like: a cheeseburger, my awesome vegan quinoa taco bake (I’ll post that later), or a vegetable recipe that calls for it (which, I also very rarely use recipes that call for cheese at all). I’ve decided that having cheese every few weeks won’t kill me. In this case, I sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of Parmesan on to my butternut squash.
Mix everything up, spread out on a baking sheet, and pop in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes. Now, I seem to always end up getting the really large cubed butternut squash and have to cook it for 40-45 minutes.
This is a really filling veggie and I could seriously eat it all the time. If only I had my very own butternut squash cutter upper. Can I train my puppy to do that? Or my husband…hmmm…..might be time to pull out the ol’ “I have to birth your child!” card 🙂
Simple Butternut Squash:
Cubed Butternut Squash
A few red pepper flakes (optional, if you like a little kick)
Sesame Oil or Coconut oil
Mix everything together. Spread out in one layer on baking sheet or dish. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. Toss once during cooking. Enjoy!
Nutritional benefits of Butternut Squash:
Butternut squash is a great source of some essential vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. At the top of the list is vitamin A, a nutritional element that helps with eye function. Butternut squash is also a major source of other vitamins like vitamin C, a classic antioxidant, as well as vitamins E and B6, and other nutrients like thiamin and riboflavin. Butternut squash also contains some folate, something that pregnant women need for healthy fetal development, as well as potassium, a nutrient that can help with the treatment of some kinds of health disorders like hypertension.