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Baked Apples and Squash

Savory side dish that combines the flavors of fall.
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Diced squash and apple are baked with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 3 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

2 cups winter squash cubes
2 cups apple cubes
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh fruits and vegetables under running water before preparing.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss to coat evenly.
  5. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until squash is soft.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours,

Recipe adapted from Nutrition Matters.

Notes

  • Try adding chopped nuts or seeds.

Comments

I've used this recipe in a number of family nights/student cooking clubs with great success and appeal.  Local squash or pumpkins, and apples make it a perfect seasonal dish, and there are many variations that allow for sweet or savory flavor profiles.  The warm 'pumpkin pie' spices, maple syrup or honey all work nicely in the sweet dish, and if a savory dish is desired, add 1/2 - 1 C. diced yellow onion, 1+ tsp. of curry powder, salt & pepper, sage and/or thyme (any combination) and you have a perfect side dish for many menus. 

I've been making this recipe for quite some time, and it's great. I usually don't add the salt, and we mix it in with steel cut oats, sometimes adding coconut and walnuts or pumpkin seeds for added protein. It can be a savory or sweet dish, depending on what you like. I've served it at dinner with braised kale or chard and a protein dish and it was also great. Kids and adults loved it!

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