Along with sweet potato fries, delicata squash has been my go-to side dish this fall. It’s great because it’s in season (yay for local & affordable) and contains a good amount of vitamin C, iron and calcium!
I used to hate squash. That is until I realized that adding in some sweet and savory flavors makes ALL the difference in taste. I’ve been making this recipe for the last two months and have been talking non-stop about it. It’s simple (like everything I make) and only takes about 25 minutes to make. (5-minute prep and 20 minutes for cooking).
Ingredients you’ll need:
1 delicata squash (double the recipe if you’re making 2)
1-2 tbsps. maple syrup
2-3 tbsps. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
Himalayan sea salt
First you’ll want to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then, grab your squash and cut it in half. Make sure you use a sharp knife!
Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Once the inside is clean, place it down on the cutting board so that the outside of the squash is facing out. Cut it up into 1/4 inch pieces.
Once you’ve cut up the pieces, place them in a mixing bowl and add in:
1-2 tbsps. of maple syrup. I’m using the organic Shady Maple Farms brand I got on sale at Whole Foods. Make sure that when you’re using maple syrup, you’re using the real kind! (The only ingredient should be maple syrup).
2-3 tbsps. of olive oil. I love using the Trader Joe’s brand because it’s affordable and organic.
Sprinkle 1 tsp. of garlic powder. The Simply Organic brand from Whole Foods is great because it’s super fresh and not too pricey!
Last but not least, add in sea salt to your taste. I always under salt while cooking and salt to taste before eating. This past year I purchased a bulk bag of sea salt from Salt Works and I still have it! I recommend buying salt in bulk because it comes out to be a lot cheaper over time.
Once you’ve added in all the ingredients, mix it all together. Cover a cooking tray with parchment paper and place the pieces of squash on the tray.
Place the squash in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.
Not sure what to do while you’re waiting?
Take some pictures of your cat(s).
Enjoy a caffeine free beverage like Dandy Blend.
Make your fiancé pose next to Santa.
And take some more cat photos.
Once your timer goes off, flip the pieces of squash over and put them back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
The squash is ready once it’s soft on the inside and a fork can easily go through it.
Let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes and enjoy!
*If you try out this recipe, take a picture and tag me on Twitter or Instagram, I would love to see it!