Thanksgiving time is officially upon us, which means we get to look forward to the most delicious seasonal foods of the year. If you are in need of a new recipe to serve this year, I would recommend giving this roasted butternut squash hash a try. It seems that we often see the same Thanksgiving sides over and over again. So, butternut squash hash can be an exciting new option you can bring to the table, whether at your family dinner, office potluck, or Friendsgiving. It is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, as it is sweet, savory, salty, and ultimately satisfying.
Butternut squash hash is not only a fantastic side dish for your Thanksgiving spread, but it is also a nutritious breakfast option. You can even add some fried eggs to provide some additional protein and flavor.
Butternut Squash Health Facts
Butternut squash is an extremely healthy vegetable. It is low in calories and packed with nutrients. One cup of butternut squash contains 63 calories and contains about 15% of your daily value of potassium and magnesium. It is also boasting with vitamin A, providing 457% of the recommended daily value! Some other vitamins and minerals it contains are vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin D, iron, calcium, and cobalamin. With just one cup of butternut squash, you get quite an array of nutrients.
Is Butternut Squash High in Carbs?
Although butternut squash is considered a starchy vegetable, it is quite low in carbohydrates. This makes it the perfect vegetable to use in so many recipes. It has become very popular as a replacement for some higher-carb vegetables, like potatoes. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, containing 10% of the daily value in just one cup. A diet high in fiber is associated with optimal digestion, improved weight control, and stable blood sugar levels.
What Makes Something a “Hash”?
The recipe term “hash” was actually derived from a french word, “hacher”, which means “to chop”. And – that is exactly what a hash is! A hash is simply a recipe that includes an array of finely chopped and diced foods. Usually, the ingredients for a hash will contain both meat and potatoes. Hash’s are widely consumed as breakfast and dinner meals.
Does a Hash Need Meat?
Hash’s most commonly contain some type of meat, but it is definitely not a requirement. You can replace meat with almost any other vegetable. Replacing the meat with eggs is also a popular option. This butternut squash hash recipe uses bacon, but if you prefer to keep it plant-based, you can omit the bacon and replace it with mushrooms, meatless crumbles, or riced cauliflower.
Butternut Squash Hash Recipe
- 1 Oven
- 1 Skillet
- 1 ½ pounds butternut squash - about 3 cups, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil - melted
- 1 medium granny smith apple - cored and diced
- 6 slices bacon - cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 small yellow onion - diced
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Dash of nutmeg
- Dash of red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add the cubed butternut squash, coconut oil, spices and salt. Toss until evenly coated and then arrange in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until squash is golden brown.
- While squash is baking, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the cut pieces of bacon. Stir and flip to allow bacon to cook evenly. Once some of the fat has been released from the bacon and the bacon begins to brown, add the diced onion. Allow the onion to cook for about 5 minutes or until they turn translucent and soft.
- Drain about ¾ of the bacon grease from the pan and then add the apples. Reduce the heat to low and stir the apples for about 2-3 minutes.
- When the squash is finished roasting in the oven, add it to the pan and mix everything together. Remove from heat and serve.