Sweet Caramelized Butternut Squash

This weekend, Russ and I had a nice mix of exercise and relaxing.

We visited a dairy farm with my Mom in Rhode Island, close to where she grew up as a child, called Wright’s Dairy Farm. There’s lots of creamy goodness at Wrights!

The treats are very rich and very tasty but what I like the most about this place are the cute cows…

Check out this cute freckled nose.  What’s not to love?

I love the old-fashioned farm atmosphere.

Although I do enjoy a sweet treat every now and again, Russ and I really do try (operative word) to balance our indulgences.

This morning, like most weekend mornings, we started our day with our favorite steel cuts oats, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.  Great fuel for our run with Lucy.

We typically end our run with an iced coffee at my beloved Starbucks. 🙂  And Lucy enjoys a refreshing cup of ice water.

I love our little routine on the weekends.  Do you have a special weekend routine?

In honor of the change of seasons and the fall produce selection…. I decided I would cook up some butternut squash.  It’s my favorite fall squash to cook with and it is equally delish done up with savory seasonings as it is with sweet and cinnamon-y flavors.  This time I opted to add some cinnamon and ginger.

First, peel the squash.  Easily done with a vegetable peeler.

I de-seeded the squash and chopped it up into bite size chunks.  Sometimes I like a big hearty chunk and sometimes a small bite-size piece.  Today, I went bite-size.

Mix up with a bit of melted butter, olive oil and seasoning.

Roast it up….and eat it up.

Yup, this is yummy! But FODMAPers limit is just 1/4 cup. Boo!

Sweet Caramelized Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and de-seeded, ends discarded.
  • 1 TB melted butter (this helps the dish caramelize)
  • 1 1/2 TBs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 TBs brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of ginger
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil cookie sheet.
  3. Chop butternut squash into desired size chunks.
  4. Place squash in medium size bowl and toss in remaining ingredients and mix to blend and cover squash.
  5. Spread out squash onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Roast for about 35-40 minutes depending on the size of your squash pieces. {Should be fork-tender but not mushy}.
  7. Enjoy with grilled chicken or steak and a spinach salad OR whatever you choose.
  8. FODMAP followers the serving size for butternut squash is ½ cup serving.
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