This easy garlic and herb steamed butternut squash is a healthy gluten-free and vegan side dish for Thanksgiving (or any winter gathering!).
- 1 large butternut squash, seeded, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (2.75 to 3 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, thyme and rosemary *see note
- ¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add squash to the basket, cover and steam until the squash is tender, 13 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring often until the garlic is fragrant and just starting to brown slightly, 1 to 3 minutes. Immediately pour the garlic and oil into a large mixing bowl, add herbs and stir.
- Add the cooked squash to the garlic herb mixture. Add salt and pepper and gently stir to combine. Keep warm until ready to serve.
A 2.75 pound squash (untrimmed with seeds and peel) yields 6 cups cooked squash. A large squash will work great, but you’ll have to add a pinch more salt. Just taste to see.
For the herbs, try to use about 1 part parsley and 1 part a blend of woody herbs, such as sage, rosemary and thyme. Don’t use 1/3 cup of straight woody herbs without the parsley or it will be medicinally strong
- Serving Size: 2/3 cup
- Calories: 98
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 179 mg
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g
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