Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples

I like vegetables, but I get bored with fixing them the same old way.  It doesn't help that I have a picky husband whose list of "approved" vegetables can be listed on one hand.  Add to the mix a veggie cautious preschooler, who peeks curiously at his Daddy whenever a new vegetable is served, waiting to see if this is something he should eat or not.  Because of this, I have threatened - er - nicely requested that my husband give a big grin and two thumbs up to any veggie served, to avoid the dreaded picky-eater-syndrome being passed on.

My husband complies with me on this, since I nonchalantly pointed out that the aforementioned "non-approved" veggies could come back to haunt him...anywhere, at any time.

Stuffed in his socks for instance.

Or piled under his pillow.

My imagination could come up with any number of possibilities I told him...and that was the end of my wifely persuasion:)

So, after being on the search for a new vegetable dish one day, I came across this recipe that I just had to try.  Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples.  I quickly headed to the store and picked up the squash, loaded a few apples in the cart, and was on my way home to roast the heck out of some veggies.  This dish is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and is a great source of fiber, magnesium, and potassium.

Not to worry, you're kids will never know it's good for them, once you sprinkle a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter on top.  My little guy even ate his with no prodding, while my big guy kept wisely silent.

I'm guessing he didn't wan't to find squishy squash in suspect places.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples
Prep time: 20 minutes / Cook time: 40-60 minutes / Serves: 8

1 Tbsp vegetable oil  (to grease pan)
1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
3-4 medium apples (peeled, cored, and cubed)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a large baking dish.  In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Peel and cube your butternut squash.  Peel, core, and cube your apples.

Combine the butternut squash and apples in the pan.  Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the squash and apples, then pour the melted butter over the top.  Cover the dish and bake for about 45 minutes, until the squash is fork tender.  Uncover the dish, and continue baking until the apples and squash turn golden.  About 15 more minutes. 

Remove from oven and enjoy!


Belinda @zomppa said...

Beautiful dish! I used to hide veggies in the bathroom wastebasket to avoid eating them.

Unknown said...

Lol! Belinda, that's hilarious:)

Anonymous said...

gorgeous. what a great idea, simple and delicious. thanks for sharing.

Christina said...

Delish! I love squash and apples together!

Magic of Spice said...

What a wonderful combinations...and the flavors, oh my!
I never hid my vegetables, just the meat, lol :)

Magic of Spice said...

What a wonderful combinations...and the flavors, oh my!
I never hid my vegetables, just the meat, lol :)

Annie said...

I would not want vegetables in my socks. I feel so fortunate that me and my family are pretty adventurous eater and will try just about any food.

This vegetable dish looks so delicious! Butternut squash is one of my favorites but I've never had it this way. I am saving this one!

Kate @ said...

I'd love to enjoy that beautiful bowl of food! This sounds sooo good!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I love adding apples to roasted squash and even roasted potatoes, with some caramelized onions....
I would have loved your dish!! I love those images...just beautiful!!

Lindsey said...

Now that's my kind of vegetable serving. :) Love the little dish too!

Anonymous said...

Roasting squash is one of my favorite ways to eat it... and the addition of the sweet apples sounds great!

Steph said...

I love roasting veggies! I think they taste so amazing! I've never roasted butternut squash though, I've got to try it!

I love your dishes :)

Meg Luby said...

what a great side dish! with some meat and veggies... bliss! love it, thanks so much for posting. going to have to give this a whirl!

Unknown said...

YUMMY!!!! Looks delicious! So healthy and delicious

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

wow! this looks so heavenly... i really love the flavors in here..yum!

Claire Gallam said...

HOLY COW. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love vegetables!!! I was one of those weird kids who actually requested them in lunchrooms.

Becky said...

I made a similar recipe at Thanksgiving with apples and sweet potatoes. It was so good. I'll have to try it with the squash. Thanks for sharing.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This looks so very good! I am looking forward to making this. Really glad I found your blog.

Ang said...

This looks great! I roasted some butternut tonight and it was all I could do to keep my fingers from popping the caramelized potatoes. I love the apple addition.


Hee, hee. I know a couple kids that do that on occasion! This is certainly a winner combo!

Monet said...

What a precious post...boys and their vegetables, huh? This dish looks just delectable though. It looks prettier than a dessert! Thank you for sharing this great veggie recipe with me. I hope that tomorrow brings you joy!

Mel said...

Ditto on the comment you left for me - I'm so thrilled to have found your blog, so thank you for commenting on mine! Can't wait to look around...

Cristina said...

Mmmm. Just beautiful. This is a healthy side dish or dessert all its own. I enjoyed your post, especially about where it might get stashed if it's not liked (in the sock, my brother used to do that when we were kids!).

I'm going to try this - I'm sure my picky eater will approve!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Beautiful! What a great way to get more veggies in hubby's life. :)

Kim - Liv Life said...

You worded the description of your husband and kids watching him so perfectly! Sounds like my family, exactly.
I'm going to give this one a try and see if it will work on my guys!

Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

I eat butternut squash like it is my job because it is the only vegetable I don't get sick of! This recipe looks like a perfect change of pace, though.

the Provident Woman said...

Those look amazing! What a great idea to change things up.

Anonymous said...

I'm always on the look out for new, tasty ways to incorporate veggies into my meals too :) This looks awesome! I don't think I could hide from this one!

dawnhaase1 said...

Just made this the other day and my family loved it! My husband said he could be a vegetarian if he ate food like this all the time, my son ate it which is amazing and my 9 month old daughter would've ate the whole thing!

Unknown said...

Dawn, I'm so glad your family liked it:)

ann low said...

Beautiful combo. I would definitely love to try this :) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This was a great dish. Tested it out tonight to make as a Thanksgiving side dish. It was easy to make and came out really tasty. The only thing I added was some chopped pecans the last 15 minutes for a bit more crunch. Thanks so much! :)


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