Butternut Squash Cranberry Bake

 

Butternut Squash Cranberry Bake
 
I have another super simple holiday/seasonal side dish for you. In this recipe butternut squash is paired with fresh cranberries and apples. Baked together they are the perfect blend of flavors. Top with some roasted pecans, or better yet praline pecans, and have a tasty and healthy side dish. Feel free to play with the portions. The ingredients I list are a good size for a 9 x 9 baking dish. But you can increase the amounts and bake in a larger dish if you have a big group to feed.
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Recipe type: side
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Butternut Squash cubed (I buy the pre-cubed at Trader Joe's)
  • ½ cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. In a baking dish combine butternut squash, apples, and cranberries
  3. Coat evenly with honey, olive oil, and a touch of sea salt
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until butternut squash is soft
  5. Top with pecans before serving.
Notes
Butternut Squash carries the same array of nutrients found in all the other winter squashes, such as phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are all rich in fiber as well, and are considered to have an anti-inflammatory affect on the body. But the orange color of Butternut Squash gives it the added benefit of Beta-carotene which helps treat cancer and degenerative related diseases.


Apples are packed full of antioxidants and the juice actually helps with the bodies detoxification process. They also contain a substance called malic acid, that helps maintain liver function and improves digestion. In Chinese Medicine apples are used to clear away heat in the body and help protect the Lung.

Cranberries are well known for their ability to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. But they have many other health benefits as well. They can stop the overgrowth of bacteria in the gut that leads to stomach ulcers. Cranberries are also an anti-inflammatory and are especially beneficial for an inflamed digestive tract. They are packed full of antioxidants and phytonutrients which will give you a nice boost to your immune system as well.