Maple Butternut Squash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cranberries

rep Time: 20 minutes

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Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients :

Roasted Brussels Sprouts:

    • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • Salt, to taste

Roasted Butternut Squash:

    • 1 and ½ pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (Yields about 4 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Other Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Instructions :

Roasted Brussels sprouts:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Make sure Brussels sprouts have trimmed ends and yellow leaves are removed. Then, slice all Brussels sprouts in half. In a medium bowl, combine halved Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt (to taste), and toss to combine. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down, and roast in the oven at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes. During the last 5-10 minutes of roasting, turn them over for even browning, the cut sides should be nicely and partially charred but not blackened (see my photos).

Roasted butternut squash:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded),1 tablespoon of olive oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and toss to mix.
    3. Place butternut squash in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once half-way through baking, until softened.
    4. _Note:_You can roast both Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on 2 separate baking sheets at the same time, on the same rack in the oven – that’s what I did.

Assembly:

  1. In a large bowl, combine roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries, and mix to combine. (OPTIONAL): For more sweetness, add 2 or 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, if desired – do not add all maple syrup at once, start with 2 tablespoons, then add more, if desired, and toss with the salad ingredients to combine.