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This clean eating herb baked butternut squash makes a great side dish for almost any main course!

This is a very simple recipe that I learned to make when I lived in Germany. The family I was a nanny for was HUGE on clean eating, even though they didn’t know to call it that. In their house, much of the food was grown in their yard or purchased at an organic and biodynamic store. Going out to eat was a once-a-year event, and nothing (and I do mean nothing) processed ever entered the house. This wasn’t about dieting, it was simply about health and well being. They wanted to raise healthy kids, so they ate healthy. Simple as that.

Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

So several of my recipes on this site are recipes I learned to cook while I lived with them for almost a year. It was a fabulous time in my life. Thankfully, I was smart enough to write down all those recipes. And that’s saying something for my teenage years!

They typically served this with a whole grain and maybe a sausage or some other piece of meat. But honestly, I could eat this all by itself with not problem. It makes a great side dish to just about any fall or winter meal and is very filling as well.

The mix of herbs really brings out the flavor of the squash. This would even be great with some salmon or steak!

Any way you serve it, it’s sure to make butternut squash lovers out of anyone.

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Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash

A delicious side dish or even mid-day, healthy snack!
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Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American, German
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (any size)
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • marjoram
  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the squash in half.
    Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash Recipe
  • Clean out the seeds, peel and slice to about 1/4 inch thickness. You can leave them like this, or chop them as I did in the photo at the top of this post.
    Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash Recipe
  • Lay out the individual pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Clean Eating Herb Baked Butternut Squash Recipe
  • Using an oil sprayer, spray the squash with a very light coat of olive oil. Then liberally sprinkle the herbs and spices over the squash.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. until soft (about 30 minutes).
  • Note: If you are really watching your fat intake, skip the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with lemon juice instead.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data for this recipe is not available.

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9 Comments

  1. Ruben Lewandowski says:

    This looks so tasty

  2. I’m sort of embarassed to admit it, but I have avoided fresh butternut squash because it seemed too complicated. This looks great — thanks for breaking it down!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Molly – You’re welcome! Butternut squash is easy! You’ll see!

  3. Great recipe. Since slicing it lengthwise after peeling may be tricky for some, another way would be to peel it and then cut where the long, skinny half of the fruit meets the round “bulb” of the fruit. Once separated, both halves can be placed cut-side down to keep it from rolling around while cutting the rest of the way. If you’re cooking for one (like me), you could even wrap up one half of the fruit and put it in the fridge to finish cutting up later. The long, solid half makes great squash “fries,” while the bulb half would be just perfect for this recipe right here! And, don’t forget–those scooped out seeds can be roasted, toasted and eaten just like pumpkin seeds! Waste not, want not. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlena – Thank you! What a wonderfully informative comment! I’m sure many will use your suggestion (including me!). Happy new year!

  4. Tammie Lindstrom says:

    I made this for my family tonight and everyone (even my dad who sometimes balks at my new recipe endeavors) raved about it. This recipe is going in my recipe scrapbook immediately. Thanks Tiffany!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tammie – Fantastic! I’m glad everyone enjoyed it!

  5. Oh my goodness! Butternut squash is one of my go-to veggies, and I’ve made it many, many different ways. I think this is the best yet! I love how the natural sweetness of the squash plays with the savory spices. Thank you so much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – My pleasure! It’s one of my favorites too. So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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