Baked Butternut Squash with Kale

Butternut Squash and Kale

Ok, don’t get angry at me. I know it’s just Halloween, but I am going to talk about Thanksgiving. It will be here before you know it and I don’t know about you guys, but I like to plan my menu in advance, especially if it’s a new recipe so I can test it out before serving it to the family.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, those are all a given. It’s the other side dishes that I like to change up each year. This baked butternut squash with kale is the perfect side dish! It’s easy to make and oh so delicious and it’s much healthier than other cream and cheese-filled side dishes you see.

Butternut Squash and Kale

For the kale, I used greens from my most favorite greens company, organicgirl! I know I’ve said this before, but their greens always impress me. They are so incredibly fresh and best of all, they last! Anytime I buy a big package of greens, they always go bad before I could use them up, you will not have that problem with organicgirl!

Butternut Squash and Kale

When I received my package, I knew I wanted to make a delicious side dish with the baby kale. I simply baked butternut squash in the oven with a little olive oil and salt. Then I tossed in handfuls of fresh baby kale and toasted walnuts, and topped it off with pomegranate seeds! This would be a great sub for your usual sweet potato dish.

Butternut Squash and Kale

Baked Butternut Squash with Kale

Ingredients:

  • 1 2-2.5 pound butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups baby kale
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Prepare the butternut squash. Peel it. Then using a sharp knife, cut down the middle, lengthwise. Use a spoon to clean out all of the seeds. Then dice into bite-sized cubes. Pour the cubed squash into the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and toss to coat. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the squash is tender.
  3. Remove the dish from the oven. Add the kale and mix in with the squash. Sprinkle the walnuts on top. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the walnuts are lightly toasted. Remove and garnish with the pomegranate seeds. Add more salt if needed.
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Butternut Squash and Kale

Disclosure: I received a clamshell of organicgirl baby kale to try and to create a recipe with. All opinions stated in this post are my own.