Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

November 25 2019

When I ask you what's most important when it comes to cooking, what I hear most is simple.  You want recipes without a million steps, and with only a few ingredients (most of which are already in your pantry).  That's what you want, but you want flavor and visual appeal as well.

This recipe, for Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes is the perfect side dish for any main course.  It's naturally vegan and with some grains or legumes could be made into a delicious main course.

You start by combining all the ingredients in a large bowl and then spread on a baking sheet.  Easy, right?!  Roast, add spinach, and poof!  You're done!

It's hard to beat this recipe for simplicity, deliciousness and visual appeal!

PS I put this in the "Under 30 Minutes" category as it's so so close!!!

Chef's Note: This recipe can be made vegan by substituting non-dairy "butter" for the dairy butter.

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

& Sweet Potatoes

Makes 6 servings

Total Time: 35 minutes

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes  2 tablespoons butter, melted  1 tablespoon olive oil  1 tablespoon pure maple syrup  1 tablespoon fresh thyme  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper  3 ounces fresh baby spinach  Garnish: Cracked black pepper & Kosher salt Preheat oven to 450°F.  Toss together first 8 ingredients in a large bowl until vegetables are evenly coated. Spread in a single layer on 2 sheet pans. Roast, stirring once halfway through cook time, at 450° for 30 minutes or until edges of vegetables are light brown and tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove pan from oven. Add spinach to pan; toss gently with vegetable mixture until spinach is slightly wilted. Garnish, if desired, and serve warm or at room temperature.  Chef's Note:  When roasting vegetables, take care not to crowd your pan or else the vegetables will steam instead of caramelizing and browning around the edges.

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