Maple Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets

October 9th, 2014 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets

The creator of Maple Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets, Julia Mueller, over at the roasted root comments: “I have determined that there’s such a thing as dessert vegetables, and these are they. There’s only one tablespoon of pure maple syrup in the recipe, but the natural sugars in the butternut squash and beets seep out during the roasting process and coat the veggies in caramelized sweet emotion. The cinnamon also adds to the warmth of the veggies, which is what makes you feel as though autumn has kick started your locomotion.”

So there you have it – a dessert made from vegetables that are healthy, sweet and best of all delicious! And just maybe promoting this recipe as a dessert will get those family members, who may turn up their nose at squash and beets, a great reason to try this wonderful recipe. By the way, if you’re not ready to call vegetables a dessert, this recipe can be doubled or tripled and used as a great for a side-dish for your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas get-togethers.

You can even read about the Health Benefits of organic Beets and the Health Benefits of Squash in some of my previous posts.

Okay…below is the recipe. For more comments and instructions from Julia, take a stroll over to http://www.theroastedroot.net/maple-roasted-butternut-squash-beets/

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour |Yield: Serves 4 to 6 people
Using organic ingredients is advised.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red beet, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (We suggest Himalayan salt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup* (We suggest Grade B Organic Maple Syrup)

For Serving

  • Zest of 1 orange, optional
  • Dried oregano
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel and chop the butternut squash and the beet into ½” cubes.
  3. Place them in a mixing bowl and add oil, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Toss well using your hands and make sure the veggies are all evenly coated.
  4. Lay the vegetables out on a large (or two smaller) baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Roast vegetables for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring once half-way through roasting.
  6. Place oven on the broil setting for 3 to 5 minutes in order to crisp up the veggies.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with dried oregano, orange zest, and additional salt if desired.
  8. Serve with toasted walnuts and pistachios.

Notes

*You can add an additional tablespoon if you would like to sweeten the veggies even more.

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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