Easy Roasted Winter Squash

I love winter squash; Butternut, acorn, spaghetti, buttercup, kabocha, delicata… it doesn’t matter, I love them all. The bright orange, yellow and green colors, the mild to sweet flavor, the beautiful meaty consistency….

When I first started on my path of healing through food, I needed to find a replacement for all of the grains I was eating and cooking with. They were a big part of my diet and a good way for me to get my carbohydrates.

As I walked the aisles of the local farmers’ markets, I noticed all the beautiful winter squash and decided to take a few home and experiment. I found so many great recipes and I started incorporating the squash into muffins and breads, roasting it for dinner, sautéing it and blending it into soups.

The possibilities were endless! The best thing about it was that it tasted great, added a moistness and sweetness to my baked goods and provided the carbohydrates to give me the energy I needed.

winter squash recipes

Naturally low in fat and calories, the winter squash family delivers significant nutritional benefits. For example, one cup of baked butternut squash is rich in vitamins A (from beta carotene), B6, C, and E, as well as magnesium, potassium, and manganese.

Here are a couple of easy recipes to get you started enjoying more winter squash:

  • Roasted Delicata Squash with Butter and Cinnamon
  • Curry Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Delicata Squash with Butter and Cinnamon
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2 people
  • 1 Delicata squash, cut in half length wise, and seeds removed
  • Butter or ghee
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  1. Place squash flesh side down in baking dish or pan covered in foil or parchment paper.

  2. Bake at 350-375 degree oven for 30 minutes. (they are done when you can push in the skin with your finger.)

  3. Cool for 10-15 minutes and then turn over, add butter, sprinkle of cinnamon and sea salt. Mash flesh slightly with fork making sure to keep skin in tact.

  4. Enjoy as an easy side with chicken, beef or salmon. 

Curry Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8 people
  • 1 Large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2” pieces (you can get pre-cut squash at Trader Joe’s or Costco to make it super easy)
  • Sea salt
  • Ghee or olive oil (or combo)
  • Curry powder
  1. If using ghee, melt it on baking pan. Add squash to pan and spread in single layer, making sure oil covers all the pieces. Sprinkle with sea salt and curry powder (depending on your taste)

  2. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. Turn with spatula half way to cook evenly.

  3. Serve warm. Makes a great side to a red meat entree or add some ground beef to make as a skillet dinner.