Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley

Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley
adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2015/10/roasted-seasoned-winter-squash-medley.html

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tsp brown sugar
2 lbs mixed winter squash (butternut, kabocha, etc.), peeled and cut into 3/4 –inch cubes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and brown sugar.
In a large mixing bowl, toss squash with butter and olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture to the bowl and toss well to coat. Place squash on a sheet pan lined with parchment and bake for 40-45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes, to allow for even browning. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons more of spice mixture. Toss gently to coat and serve hot.

Tips:
The first 5 ingredients would be an excellent spice mix for other items such as pork chops, sweet potatoes, soups and stews.  I eliminated the salt from the original recipe – but if you feel like the mix needs it, add 1/2 tsp. kosher salt.

October 25-31, 2015 – What’s cooking?

Monday 10/26Spaghetti Squash Lasagna (add ground beef) with Garlic Bread
(Prep: make the entire recipe ahead of time)

Tuesday 10/27Dry Poached Chicken
Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley
Steamed Green Beans
(Prep: chop squash, thaw chicken)

Thursday 10/29 – Steak Fajitas (with tortillas, cheddar cheese and sour cream)
(Prep: slice steak strips, slice two green peppers and one onions)

Friday 10/30Shrimp Stir-Fry with Broccoli
(Prep: chop broccoli, red onion, and carrots)

Saturday  10/31 – Happy Halloween!  Dinner with friends – I think I’ll bring Caramel Apple Cheesecake!