Spiced Butternut Squash Bake

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

Folks, as you know I’m always on the lookout for delicious recipes that I discover and then attempt to recreate at home and once perfected publish here on Neil’s Healthy Meals for you.

Those recipes have to be tasty, budget and above all reasonably quick and healthy. This spiced butternut squash bake fits perfectly into this category.

If you’ll remember as far back as July and as mentioned in the Strawberry chia overnight oats recipe I was running an IT project for the company I currently work for moving week to week to a different office to install new equipment.

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

Whilst I was at our Inverness office I managed to get out one day to look for something nice to eat for lunch and I came across an organic vegetarian cafe called Nourish.

The cafe itself was a small but welcoming place with a range of soups and salads offered on their menu outside, but it was their spiced butternut squash bake that particularly drew in my attention.

Being particularly hungry due to a very early start that day, the “lightly spiced roast butternut squash filling with chickpeas topped with mashed Scottish white potatoes on top” quickly appealed to my hungry (and grumbling) stomach!

I duly purchased a portion from the cafe, managed to drool over the cakes that they also had on display on the counter inside, and headed back to the office to enjoy a really tasty feast.

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

The combination of roasted spices with the butternut squash and chickpea filling were just perfect. That filling wasn’t too spiced, nor was it under spiced. Combined with the silky smooth mash, the whole meal was heavenly. I just knew I had to give this recipe a go at home!

After several attempts to get the spice blend correct (and Lady Lynne’s encouraging feedback) I succeed in getting this recipe as near as possible (I believe) to the exquisite one I tasted in Inverness. I hope you enjoy it too.

I’ve made this recipe so that it serves 6, making it an ideal family bake with some leftover to freeze if it’s not all devoured in one sitting!

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!
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Spiced Butternut Squash Bake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins
 
This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 650 g butternut squash peeled de-seeded and cut into bitesize chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1 kg white potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 400 g can chickpeas rinsed and drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with the olive oil, cumin, coriander and cayenne and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the butternut squash on a baking tray in a single layer and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, until tender and lightly browned, tossing once halfway through.
  4. Whilst butternut squash is roasting, place the potatoes in cold water, bring to the boil and turn down to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until softened, drain and mash.
  5. When the butternut squash is ready, remove it from the oven and transfer it to a casserole dish along with the chickpeas.
  6. Spoon the potatoes over the top of the spiced butternut squash and chickpea mixture and use a fork to level
  7. Place the casserole back into the oven for a further 15 – 20 minutes until the potato topping has crisped to personal preference.
  8. Remove, allow to rest for 5 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Butternut Squash Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Monounsaturated Fat 3.4g
Sodium 32.1mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 39.3g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6.4g 26%
Sugars 4.3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 64%
Vitamin C 64%
Calcium 7%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

Not only is butternut squash one of the most nutritious and healthiest vegetables you can eat, it’s also really low in calories, as the nutrition label above indicates.

And, as butternut squash is really filling too, when combined with the mashed potatoes, one portion of this recipe should be enough to fill you up. If not I recommend serving a portion with a side of green vegetables such as broccoli or kale.

So Folks, jumping to the next recipe straight away, I think you’ll agree with me that a good budget curry recipe has been long overdue. So I’m set to put that right on Thursday with a sensational lentil sweet potato and chickpea curry. Hope you can join me then for that.

In the meantime, there will be another post tomorrow, Day 3 of our recent Hadrian’s Wall Path walk, Wall to Greenhead.

Catch you then! 😉

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This healthy spiced butternut squash bake is packed full of flavour and makes for the perfect vegan family meal. An easy to make budget recipe which tastes absolutely delicious!

Comments

  1. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    Mmm I can clearly see how beautifully all these ingredients work together. Slightly sweet butternut squash, nutty chickpeas, and savory potato mash. And no meat needed (Although I would probably add a little of cheese like cheddar or parmesan into the potato mash because it introduces a very interesting texture, slightly chewy and with a crust while baked. Delicious one, Neil!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’d definitely agree with adding a little bit of cheese like cheddar or Parmesan on top of the potato mash Ben, thanks for the suggestion!

  2. O that looks like such a super cozy dish to bake up ALL winter long 😀

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Rebecca, I must admit I’ve made several of these in the last few weeks and Lynne and I have really been enjoying it. Perfect for winter as you say! 🙂

  3. I am definitely on a butternut squash kick lately (I love the Fall!), and this sounds absolutely delicious, Neil. Nourish also sounds like a wonderful little cafe, and I have to applaud you on your ability to forego the cakes. (I mean that slice of cake would probably have helped you get through the long day, right? Haha!) The potato mash on top is a wonderful addition, and I could totally see this quick and easy recipe showing up on our table soon. Very creative!!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I think I’m much happier with roasting butternut squash with some spices than boiling it or anything else David, it definitely seems to being out the best in it’s texture and sweetness. Plus it makes up for the hassle of peeling it, because it’s not the most easiest of vegetables to prepare is it? Ha ha!

      Yes, I really had to be strict to stop myself buying some of those cakes in Nourish, they looked fabulous! 😉

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