I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving for those of you celebrating it. As promised, I would like to share another healthy recipe from Hallie our recipe maker extraordinaire and the creator of the Santa Slimdown eating plan which starts Dec 1st.
While this dish makes a nutritious and colorful side dish to any holiday meal, it’s also a great breakfast or brunch option when served with fried eggs and fresh fruit.
2 large (2½ pounds each) butternut squashes, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¾-inch cubes
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided use
3 apples, cored and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Divide the squash cubes between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle each pan of squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil each. Toss to coat. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender and lightly browned. (Can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Refrigerate in an airtight container.)
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, celery, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the roasted squash to the pan and stir to heat through and combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
Let us know what you and your family think of the recipes. If you want more recipes like these (19 to be exact) plus many other simple meals and snacks, click here to join our 36 Day Santa Slimdown and end 2013 on a healthy note! I would like to challenge you to set some 30 day goals which will help you live each of the next month’s days to the fullest and healthiest possible. Would love to hear that they are.