This recipe for roasted spiced butternut squash is one that is a little out of my comfort zone because this vegetable is an ingredient I don’t use all the time in my kitchen. That’s one of the fun things about getting a CSA box (community supported agriculture) every week, you’re challenged to come up with ideas for ingredients you might not use on a regular basis. When you order a CSA box, you never know what you’re going to get, it depends on what is in season. For example, in the summer you might get tons of tomatoes and in the winter you might have more beets than you ever thought possible. That’s what is fun about receiving a weekly or bi-weekly box, it’s definitely a challenge to use up all of the produce.
Today, I’ve partnered with the wonderful, local Fresh City Farms to bring you this recipe. I’ve been a fan of theirs for quite some time so it was fun to collaborate on this project! Fresh City Farms is a fantastic urban farming initiative in Toronto, that delivers CSA boxes to your home with fresh, organically grown produce. The idea of urban farming is fascinating to me having grown up in Toronto, when I think of a farm, I think of a huge space with fields and fields of produce and horses and cows everywhere. But this farm, being urban, is totally different, and the best thing is that you can even go visit the farm in Toronto and get a tour, which is pretty cool. I’ve tried out a couple of CSA boxes in my time and if you live in Toronto, I highly recommend Fresh City. They asked me to develop a recipe highlighting butternut squash, and I knew that I wanted to keep it simple. Don’t we all? I’m a big fan of simplifying everything – especially with the holidays around the corner.
This recipe for roasted butternut squash uses a mixture of aromatic spices, such as garam masala and ginger, that you might not typically think to pair with the vegetable. I’m a huge fan of these Indian flavours, and I’m always trying to come up with recipes that are a little different. When I was brainstorming for this roasted spiced butternut squash, my mom had just made a delicious Indian flavoured soup, so I think that was the reason why the Indian spices were speaking to me. This is also the kind of side dish that would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread. If you’re going to make something new for Thanksgiving, I recommend changing up or adding a new side dish because to me, these are the dishes that aren’t so steeped in tradition (at least at my house).
Disclosure: Fresh City Farms provided me 1 CSA box. I was not compensated in any other form for writing this post. The decision to write about the product and created this roasted spiced butternut squash recipe was my own and all opinions are 100% mine.