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Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®

Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®

Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious meal that is both satisfying and easy to make? Look no further than this recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®. This hearty dish is packed with flavors that will delight your taste buds and leave you feeling full and satisfied. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a great way to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your meals.

Why Roasted Butternut Squash?

Roasting butternut squash brings out its natural sweetness and enhances its flavor. The caramelization that occurs during the roasting process adds a depth of flavor that is simply irresistible. The soft and tender texture of the squash pairs perfectly with the crunchiness of the onions, the freshness of the spinach, and the burst of tartness from the Craisins®.

The Perfect Combination

Imagine the sweetness of the roasted butternut squash mingling with the savory flavors of caramelized onions. Add to that the earthiness of spinach and the tangy sweetness of Craisins®, and you have a winning combination that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Each bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more.

Health Benefits

In addition to being delicious, this recipe is also incredibly nutritious. Butternut squash is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which are important for maintaining a healthy immune system and promoting good vision. Spinach is packed with iron, which helps transport oxygen throughout the body, and onions are loaded with antioxidants that promote overall health and well-being. The Craisins® add a dose of antioxidants and dietary fiber to the dish, making it both delicious and good for you.

Simple and Easy

One of the best things about this recipe is how simple and easy it is to make. With just a few ingredients and minimal preparation, you can have a wholesome and flavorful meal on the table in no time. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or feeding a crowd, this recipe is sure to please.

FAQs

Q: Can I replace butternut squash with another type of squash?

A: Absolutely! While butternut squash is the star of this recipe, you can use other types of winter squash, such as acorn squash or pumpkin, for a similar result.

Q: Can I use dried cranberries instead of Craisins®?

A: Yes, you can substitute dried cranberries for Craisins® if you prefer. The tartness and sweetness will still complement the other flavors in the dish.

Q: How can I make this recipe vegan?

A: To make this recipe vegan, simply omit the Craisins® or use a vegan-friendly alternative. You can also substitute honey or maple syrup for the brown sugar if desired.

Q: Can I add other vegetables to this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add your favorite vegetables to this dish. Some great additions include bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can prepare the roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop and add the spinach and Craisins®.

Q: Can I use fresh cranberries instead of Craisins®?

A: Fresh cranberries can be quite tart, so it’s best to use them in moderation. If using fresh cranberries, you may want to toss them with a bit of sugar before adding them to the dish.

Q: Can I serve this dish as a side?

A: Absolutely! This recipe is versatile and can be served as a main course or as a side dish. It pairs well with roasted chicken, grilled fish, or even a hearty salad.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: Yes, you can freeze the leftovers for future meals. Simply store them in an airtight container or freezer bag and thaw them in the refrigerator before reheating.

In conclusion,

Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins® is a delightful dish that combines the sweetness of butternut squash with the savory flavors of caramelized onions, the freshness of spinach, and the tartness of Craisins®. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients, making it a wholesome and satisfying meal option. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to impress. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy the delightful flavors that this dish has to offer!

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Vegetable Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole butternut squash
  • 1 cup of red onion , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 ounces of fresh spinach , with stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
  • cup of sweetened dried cranberries (e.g. , Craisins®)
  • cup of chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • Slice the butternut squash cross-wise into 1-inch slices.
  • Peel and clean each slice, removing and discarding the seeds and stringy pulp from the center.
  • Cut the cleaned slices into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a bowl, coat the squash cubes, onion, and olive oil together by tossing them.
  • Transfer the coated mixture to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender and starting to brown.
  • In a serving bowl, combine the roasted squash mixture, spinach, dried cranberries, and pecans.
  • Serve the dish warm.
Keyword Dishes, Foods, Fruits, Greens, Healthy, Heart, Ideas, Recipes, Roasted, Side, Spinach, Super, Thanksgiving, Vegetable
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