I know it says butternut squash, but you could definitely make this with pumpkin too. This recipe is ridiculously good. It is simple. And, believe it or not,
kid friendly. My MIL is here for the next week and so I started off her stay with a good vegan meal. I don’t know if Chase was trying to impress her but he ate the majority of it AND, I don’t mean to brag, but he ate two helpings of Andrea Bemis’ Roasted Beet and Fennel Wheat Berry Salad. Note: If you don’t like or don’t have wheat berries, I used wild rice this time because I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and didn’t have any wheat berries on hand. I will admit though that Ryan was the genius who told Chase that he would have red poop if he ate beets. That may have been his motivation to eat it. I don’t care though, he ATE TWO HELPINGS! Try it out on your kids and let me know how it works!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Parsnips
1 1/4 pound parsnips (4 medium), peeled
1 1/4 pounds butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves, halved
12 Kalamata olives, pitted and cut lengthwise into slivers
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 475°F.
2. Cut parsnips lengthwise into quarters, then cut out and discard any tough core. Cut parsnips diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Cut squash crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, then cut slices into wedges. Toss vegetables with salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, then spread in 1 layer in a large shallow baking pan. Roast, turning occasionally, until vegetables are tender and browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. While vegetables are roasting, heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil with garlic in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic just begins to sizzle. Remove from heat.
4. When vegetables are done roasting, remove garlic from oil (discard garlic) and toss vegetables with garlic oil, olives, and parsley.