Cinnamon Maple Delicata Squash

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Hey, happy almost Thanksgiving!  I love Thanksgiving, it is definitely one of my favorite holidays.  I adore the traditional food and just love the focus on spending time with friends and family and taking a moment to consider what you are grateful for.  This year I am especially grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.  I am so lucky to have such amazing friends and family.  I am also grateful for this blogging adventure I am on, and for all of you!  I so very much enjoy getting to know you guys and appreciate you being here.

While I am very much looking forward to all the indulgent holiday food, I do try to balance it with lighter dishes during the season.  This cinnamon maple delicata squash is a perfect side to balance out some of the more indulgent dishes.  It is a little sweet, a little spicy and works great as a brunch side (or at least I think it would, I forgot to actually set it out for brunch).  It would also make a delicious and easy side with dinner (maybe even Thanksgiving dinner if you are looking for a last-minute side).  I also love delicata squash because you can eat the skin, which saves both time and a ton of effort while preparing.

Cinnamon Maple Delicata Squash

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

    • 1 Delicata Squash (mine was pretty big, if yours is on the smaller side, there would be enough seasoning for two)
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/8 cup maple syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    • salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400.  Cut the ends of your squash, then cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds.  Slice squash into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.  In a small bowl mix all other ingredients.  Then toss the squash in the mixture until evenly coated.  (*I used a freezer bag to mix my ingredients and then coat the squash, it worked great).  Spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 20 minutes, then flip.  Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, until squash is tender and starting to caramelize.

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Let me know if you give it a try.  Are you a squash fan?  I love pretty much all squash varieties and eat tons of it in the fall and winter.

With the holiday, I will probably not have any new posts up until Monday.  But I’ll be checking in here and there on Instagram.  I will keep an eye out for your guys’ fun holiday and weekend check-ins as well.

If you are celebrating, what are your Thanksgiving plans?  Are you a Black Friday shopper?  I don’t usually do any Black Friday shopping.  But I love the holiday deals you can find online, so I guess that makes me more of a Cyber Monday kind of gal.

I will leave you guys with this beautiful sunset picture, courtesy of my mother in law.  She knows how much I enjoy a pretty sunset and sent this to me.  It was just so lovely, I had to share.  Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday and weekend!  See you next week!
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40 thoughts on “Cinnamon Maple Delicata Squash

  1. Look amazing! And happy Thanksgiving 🙂 In Estonia we do not celebrate this event, but still I excited to try Thanksgiving dishes 🙂

      1. I do not know lot of about Thanksgiving. All my information is from TV (The Friends for example..:)) And I understood that most important is turkey ?! So I follow blogs and looking for information 🙂 🙂

      2. Friends thanksgiving day episodes are super popular. The meal usually centers around turkey and can include any variety of sides. My favorite thanksgiving side is stuffing. Hope you find some new dishes you like!

  2. We love baking all kinds of squash and have it with our meal instead of potatoes or rice, we find that it is filling and we don’t need a huge meal. I don’t recall ever coming across this type of squash, not sure how I missed it but I am going to have to check out a few other grocery stores and see if it is available.

  3. This looks SO yummy! I love that it’s both sweet and spicy. Ben has been on a big cayenne kick lately, so he’ll love this! We’re always looking for fun ways to jazz up our veggies.
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving girl!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  4. Oh, yum! This looks and sounds delicious. I love squash and although we don’t/didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, it’s a perfect dish for other cold and cozy days too!

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