Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce

 

This easy veggie side is also stellar as an appetizer. Plus, you get an antioxidant punch from the pomegranate juice.

  

Want a healthy and easy recipe? Try this low carb Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce. It's one of the best vegan side dishes!

  

Butternut squash is a good source of fiber and pretty filling (plus it's so tasty), so I love to come up with new ways to enjoy it. I had some pomegranate juice on hand, so I decided to combine it with lemon juice and vanilla extract to create a no-sugar-added sauce for roasted squash.


I have to admit that it was around lunchtime when I was getting busy in the kitchen, so I served myself a big scoop of this squash with my lunch. If it's not mealtime, the squash also makes a fabulous appetizer. Simply skewer it, place it on a platter, and you have probably the healthiest appetizer that came to the party!

  

Want a healthy and easy recipe? Try this low carb Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce. It's one of the best vegan side dishes!

 

We don't traditionally think of getting protein from veggies. But this dish provides 2 grams of protein (4 percent of the daily value) per serving. Plus, it's a good source of fiber, offering 4 grams (16 percent of the daily value) per serving.

 

I hope you enjoy!

  

Want a healthy and easy recipe? Try this low carb Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce. It's one of the best vegan side dishes!

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place squash cubes on a nonstick cooking tray. Toss with olive oil, and bake for 30-35 minutes, until softened and slightly browned. Toss halfway through. Meanwhile, combine juices and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium high heat. When mixture begins to reduce, stir frequently until it begins to thicken, about 5-6 minutes. Drizzle sauce over squash. Serves 6.  

 

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 120 Fat: 1.5 g Sat fat: 0 g Pro: 2 g Carbs: 29 g Sugar: 9 g Fiber: 4 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 10 mg

  

Want a healthy and easy recipe? Try this low carb Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce. It's one of the best vegan side dishes!

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? What's your favorite way to enjoy butternut squash?

  

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.