Simply Healthy Family: Roasted Delicata Squash and Apples {12 weeks of Winter Squash}


Roasted Delicata Squash and Apples {12 weeks of Winter Squash}

Are you in charge of bringing a side dish to a Thanksgiving dinner this year? I usually am known as the one who will bring a healthy and "amazing" dish. My sister-in-laws always seem so impressed and amazed at the "unique/interesting/lovely" appetizers I bring to the collection of mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles and Holiday ham.  I'll let you in a little secret though if you promise not to tell………

I usually spend a total of about 30 minutes on most of  the side dishes and appetizers I bring to just about any party but most especially Holiday dinners. 
Shhhhhhh, our little secret!

It doesn't have to look or taste like you threw something together though and it most CERTAINLY doesn't need to come out of a box or a can! Fresh fruits and veggies always have a way of shining all on their own with very little need of help in the way of additives, sauces or a ton of spices.

This side dish is sweetened with a touch of honey, which you can't really tell is in there but compliments the earthy flavors of the squash and apples and will help the kiddos eat their healthy veggies happily. {o.k. I had 1 out of 4 kids who didn't like it but hey, those aren't bad odds!)

I adore squash in all of it's varieties but this is the first time (I made this dish at least twice before posting as usual) that I've had delicate squash. I am now in love. Love at first taste actually. This is hands down the easiest of ALL squash to prepare. Simply cut the ends off, slice in half lengthwise with ease thanks to the very light skin, scoop out the small bit off seeds and roast. 


This side dish will go alongside some other fabulous squash dishes my fellow squash loving bloggers have made for week 3 of 12 weeks of winter squash. Only 12?!!! 



1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon honey
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 small delicata squashes, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 fugi (or similar) apples cut in half lengthwise, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, any seeds removed
1 small red onion, cut into 12 wedges
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add squash and onion; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Carefully remove preheated pan from oven; coat pan with cooking spray. Spread vegetable mixture evenly on baking sheet. Bake at 475° for 20 minutes or until tender, turning once. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

If not serving immediately, cover with foil.

Other Thanks Giving Day Sides and Appetizers from Simply Healthy Family

Do you share my love for winter squash? Join the party and link up and share a yummy squash recipe you made this week! Don't got squash? No bigs. Just link up next week!



  1. I may try this for Thanksgiving. It's a beautiful dish and sounds amazing - and something (maybe) I could pull off. Thanks Gwen! Looking forward to everything SQUASH!

    1. You can do it! ;} It's so simple and yummy!

  2. Looks delicious -- delicatas are so delicious, but for some reason I've never made them with apples before. Perfect holiday side!

  3. Simple is definitely the way to go when it comes to holiday side dishes! Simple and delicious, obviously! And this is both.

  4. I love delicata squash, and it pairs so well with apples and honey for a touch of sweetness. I would be very happy to have this as a side dish at my Thanksgiving meal (too bad we already had our meal last month)!


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