Spiced Butternut Squash

Spiced Butternut Squash
 
If you are looking for a quick and easy side dish for the holidays this is it. 4 ingredients and done in 20 minutes. The secret is using pre-diced butternut squash (found in most grocers) and pumpkin pie spice mix. This mix gives you a great bang for your buck consisting of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and lemon peel. And while it is delicious in a pumpkin pie there is no rule that says it can only be used for pies. It's the perfect blend of spices to season roasted butternut squash. There are no designated amounts for this recipe. Make as much as you want and add the spice and salt to taste. My only caution is to make more then you think you need, because if you are like me you will probably eat half of them off the baking sheet as they cool.
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Recipe type: Side
Ingredients
  • Fresh cubed Butternut Squash (I get the pre-diced bags at Trader Joe's)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. On a baking sheet evenly coat with butternut squash with spice mix, olive oil, and salt.
  3. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes until golden.
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.


The spices included in this dish also have a wide application of health benefits. Cinnamon helps control blood sugar and in Chinese Medicine is used to improve circulation throughout the body. Ginger helps reduce nausea and is used as an herb to treat the common cold. Clove and Cardamom both help to stimulate digestion and reduce body pain.