Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Roasted Butternut Squash with Blue Cheese and Pecans



Don't you just LOVE a healthy meal that you can prep ENTIRELY in the oven?

That was dinner last night for me!  Tasty roast chicken, honey balsamic brussels sprouts and this AMAZING butternut squash with blue cheese and pecans.



Butternut squash and blue cheese?? Might sound odd.....but seriously, I cannot get enough of this combo you guys! It is mouth wateringly good! (I think I just made that word up).

Anyway, super easy, and if you don't have much time to fuss with a butternut squash (like me) I picked up some bags of frozen cubed butternut squash in the organic frozen department at giant eagle.  Depending on your grocery store you may have fresh cubed butternut squash if you're lucky!

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 medium sized butternut squash (approx 2-2.5lb) or a couple of bags of frozen butternut squash cubes around the same amount
1 Tbsp EVOO
EVOO Spray or extra EVOO to brush baking sheet
1-2 tsps fresh rosemary (a little less if using dried)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles (alternatives that would be good include goat cheese, gorgonzola, feta)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Cut ends of butternut squash, then cut in half, Peel the outside layers and remove seeds.  Chop into approx 1 inch pieces and try to keep all fairly close in size for even cooking.
  • Finely chop rosemary leaves (if using fresh)
  • Toss butternut squash (fresh or frozen) in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with aluminum and spray with EVOO (or brush with extra oil).
  • Spread butternut squash evenly and roast for about 40-50 minutes, tossing half way through until lightly browned (if using frozen butternut squash you may want to give this a bit longer but check periodically to ensure they don't burn).
  • Add chopped pecans for last 15 mins.
  • Sprinkle butternut squash with blue cheese and serve.

Beachbody portion containers (21 day fix, 22 minute hard corps, Hammer and Chisel, Core De Force) = 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp

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