Tag Archives: Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 Vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever, it’s so easy to make and kids will love it!

Butternut squash mac and cheese in orange crock with copper spoon, with white crock of mac and cheese in background and fresh parsley

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! My favorite week of the year, where I share delicious new appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts and turkey recipes to make for the big meal!

This is my 8th year of sharing Thanksgiving recipes on the blog and with so many fan favorites, I began compiling a list every year of the Top 15 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Cranberry Apple Sangria are a few of my personal favorites!

This year, the line up includes:

The menu this year includes so many easy, delicious recipes, I can’t wait to share them all this week!

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale

Vegan baked gnocchi is tossed with delicious fall spices, butternut squash and crispy kale for an easy, healthy, sheet pan recipe made in just 25 minutes!

Gnocchi, butternut squash and kale in bowl with wooden spoons

Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable! It can be turned into an appetizer with this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe, a taco with this Vegan Butternut Squash Taco Recipe or a soup with this Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe. It’s so versatile and so delicious!

A few weeks ago I had a bag of diced up butternut squash in the fridge and a package of gnocchi in the pantry, I decided to experiment putting the two together in an easy sheet pan recipe for dinner.

That dinner turned out so delicious that I turned around and made it again the next day for the blog!

The crispy kale, paired with the tender gnocchi and creamy butternut squash creates the perfect trifecta of textures. And all of the fall spices really take the flavor of this recipe over the top!

Read the full recipe here!

Butternut Squash Tacos

Butternut Squash Tacos are made with sautéed butternut squash, crispy onion strings and a creamy avocado sauce for a delicious, healthy and vegan recipe made in just 20 minutes!

Butternut squash tacos topped with crispy onions, avocado cream sauce and fresh cilantro on plate

When it comes to tacos, I have plenty of recipes to go around! If you’re looking for vegan tacos, I’ve got those too!

Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri, Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and Butternut Squash Tacos are all perfect examples of how you can ditch the meat, but keep the tacos!

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Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious vegan & gluten free recipe made in under 45 minutes that’s perfect for staying warm & healthy during the winter months!

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious vegan & gluten free recipe made in under 45 minutes, that's perfect for staying healthy during cold & flu season!

It’s September y’all, which means fall and winter are right around the corner. With the change of season, also comes cold and flu season, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the most perfectly delicious keep-you-healthy-warm-you-up soup you’ve ever tried!

This soup is PACKED with antioxidants and vitamins! Each serving provides 482.2% of your daily vitamin A needs, yup almost 500 PERCENT and 62.5% daily vitamin C needs.

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Balsamic Chicken & Butternut Squash Noodle Bowls

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut squash noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut sqaush noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Litehouse! 

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping and I’m trading in zucchini noodles for butternut squash noodles, yes, it’s true, fall has officially arrived!

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Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Chicken

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta tops balsamic grilled chicken in this delicious grilled bruschetta chicken recipe, made in only 29 minutes!

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta tops balsamic grilled chicken in this delicious grilled bruschetta chicken recipe, made in only 29 minutes!

For the last two years, this Butternut Squash & Apple Bruschetta Recipe has been one of the most popular on the blog.

It’s easy to make, so flavorful and also one of my favorite recipes ever!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Homemade butternut squash pasta sauce is easy to make, vegan & gluten free. Serve it with pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles!

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

Two weeks ago today I was on a flight back from my first trip to Seattle where I was visiting one of my best friends Ashley!

There was football watching, beer tastings, rainbows, rope swings, Oktoberfest, Pike Place Market, and of course, lots and lots of delicious food!

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Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Creamy butternut squash is added to these stuffed poblano peppers for a rich, creamy, flavorful, vegan side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Looking for a last minute, unique Thanksgiving side dish? Look no further than these Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

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Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad

This roasted butternut squash and mozzarella salad is drizzled in a balsamic vinegar reduction for a sweet, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian salad made in under 45 minutes!

Balsamic Vinegar Mozzarella Squash Salad

Today’s lunch was inspired by a lovely salad I had at the fabulous La Piazza Ristorante Italiano at The Grove.

Butternut Squash Mozzarella Salad

The salad is sweet, salty and Italian, so pretty much a combination of all of my favorite things!

Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls

Pre-heat the oven to 400°F, then prepare the butternut squash.

I am fortunate enough to live within walking distance to Trader Joes (which is pretty apparent in all of my ingredient shots!) so I purchased pre-cut ready-to-go butternut squash cubes.

If you aren’t so fortunate to live near a Trader Joes, just buy a couple of medium size squash and cube them yourself.

Place the butternut squash cubes on a baking sheet (I like to line with foil bc I HATE to do dishes and it prevents them from sticking to the baking sheet so easier clean up!)

Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cinnamon.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Then on to my favorite part… BROWN SUGAR!  I feel that everything in life would be better if it had a little brown sugar involved!

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Now the squash is ready to go in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Toss them about half way through.

While the squash is roasting prepare the balsamic reduction for drizzling over all of this yummy salad!

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to the skillet, followed by 2 crushed garlic cloves. Bring it to a boil then lower the temperature and allow it to reduce by half.

Next, toast the walnuts.

Once again, I bought already chopped walnut pieces from Trader Joes, but if you have whole walnuts just give them a nice chop and you’re ready to go!

Throw these on some foil on a baking sheet and in to the oven for 3-4 minutes, these little babies toast up quick in the 400 degree oven!

Once the squash and walnuts are out of the oven and the balsamic is reduced it’s time to put it all together. Use tongs to move the squash on to a plate in a nice little pile, then top each pile of squash with 4-5 mozzarella balls, next sprinkle a few toasted walnuts on top, then it’s time for that yummy, syrup-y, balsamic reduction goodness to get drizzled all on top!  Your plate should end up looking something like this ↓

But are those two plates I see?!??!

Yes those are two plates of deliciousness you see!  So if you are thinking back to yesterdays blog and thought “didn’t she say she experimented with cooking at lunch because she was only cooking for herself” why yes, yes I did say that so now I guess I’m a liar, but all in good reason!!

Time to introduce my best friend Erin, she’s the kind of girl who will drink a case of bud light with you and enjoy an enormous burrito all while wearing 5-inch heels and approximately 68 pieces of jewelry, needless to say she is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  Well I had the fortune of feeding her lunch today after she arrived home early from a work trip and had the day off! Watch as she intently stares at her food, raising her fork in anticipation of that first magical bite:

And here she goes… time to dig in!

Mmm delicious!  Definitely recommend this dish for a great appetizer or lunch salad, or I was thinking I might skewer a ball of mozzarella between two pieces of the roasted butternut squash and drizzle with the balsamic reduction for cocktail parties! Who wants to come to my next cocktail party now? 🙂

Butternut Squash Mozzarella Salad
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Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad

This roasted butternut squash and mozzarella salad is drizzled in a balsamic vinegar reduction for a sweet, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian salad.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 543 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 12 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the butternut squash on a baking sheet then drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar.

  4. Place the squash in the oven for 25-30 minutes, toss half way through cooking.
  5. While the squash is roasting prepare the balsamic reduction.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to the skillet, followed by 2 crushed garlic cloves.
  7. Bring to a boil then lower the temperature and allow it to reduce by half.
  8. Toast the walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet and in to the oven for 3-4 minutes.

  9. Use tongs to move the squash on to a plate, then top the squash with 4-5 mozzarella balls, next sprinkle a few toasted walnuts on top, then drizzle with the balsamic reduction.