Give those sweet potato fries a break and try these amazing butternut squash fries!
Fall is here and so are all the delicious Fall vegetables, including one of my favorites: butternut squash. A delicious member of the squash family, it is high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that promotes eye health and prevents macular degeneration. Butternut squash is also high in vitamin C, helping your immune system stay strong during the weather changes, plus it is loaded in fiber to keep you full and satisfied. An all-around great vegetable to work into your Fall! Try these fries along side your roast turkey, grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, or serve them with your burgers on game day Sunday, they are sure to become a fan favorite.
Yields 4 servings
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Peel and cut butternut squash into 1/2-inch wide sticks, removing seeds.**
- On a baking sheet, combine squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread squash out in a single layer on sheet. Bake in oven until fork-tender, approx 45-60 minutes, checking every 20 minutes to not over cook.
- Sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro.
**Pro tip: save the seeds and roast them later with a touch of olive oil to add a protein-packed topping to your next salad.
***Shopping tip: support your local farms by buying your squash (and all the amazing Fall produce) from your nearest farms market. You can find your closest market here.