Sweet, buttery, and bursting with fall flavor, this vitamin- and mineral-rich honey roasted butternut squash is a kid friendly side dish you’ll come back to all season.
For another kid-friendly squash recipe, check out our Sweet and Salty Butternut Squash Fries recipe!
Orange veggies are full of goodness for kids. And during the fall months, orange veggies are in the peak of their season! Here’s a simple recipe for honey roasted butternut squash highlights the natural flavor of this healthy fall veggie, and features a caramelized edge on every roasted cube.
Squash is a perfect “starter veggie” for picky kids because it’s sweet, easy to chew, and a pretty color, too. Roast some sweet cubes of squash tonight.
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How to Make Honey Roasted Butternut Squash
Making this nutritious side dish is super easy, and it can be prepped ahead! The first step is to peel and cube your squash. If you find the flesh of the squash to hard to cut through comfortable, you can soften it in the oven for a half hour before peeling and cubing. This step is optional, but we like to do it if we can spare the time.
Make your cubes about 3/4 inch. Remember that they’ll shrink a little in the oven.
Note: once your squash is peeled and cubed, it’ll stay fresh in an airtight container for several days. Once you’ve completed this step, roasting your squash is ultra fast and easy!
Toss your squash cubes with a mixture of melted butter, olive oil, and honey. Make sure it’s all well-coated before spreading it on a lightly greased baking sheet. (You can use parchment paper or a silicone mat if you like.)
Lastly, bake your squash for about 30 minutes, tossing once or twice along the way for even browning.
Why Squash is Super Healthy for Kids
Tasty butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and B6. It has a high fiber content, too!
Squash also provides minerals like magnesium, calcium, manganese, and potassium that are vital for kids’ healthy growth and development.
If you introduce squash to kids when they’re babies and toddlers, they’ll have the opportunity to develop a taste for this orange super food early. But even if your kids are older, it’s never too late to get them on board with a new veggie.
If you have picky eaters, try butternut squash!
Tips for Serving Squash to Picky Eaters
Here’s how you can introduce squash to kids that have never had it before:
- Make it fun. Let them pick out the squash at the farmer’s market or store. They come in all different shapes and sizes! Make a game of guessing what color the squash will be on the inside.
- Let them help you prep it. Some kids love to get their hands in the gooey middle to scoop out the seeds! They might like to toss the honey butter mixture too. Let them spread out the squash on the baking sheet.
- Add a bit of sweetness. Many kids will try just about anything if there is a promise of a little honey. A small drizzle isn’t going to create a big sugar rush in your kids, and quality honey has nutritional benefits anyway!
More Fall Favorite Butternut Squash Recipes
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash
- Place a whole butternut squash in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes to soften it slightly. (This step is optional, but makes the squash easier to cut.)
- When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a peeler to skin the whole squash and cut it into cubes.
- Put the cubed squash onto a baking sheet, drizzle melted butter, olive oil, honey, and sea salt, and then stir to combine (Or let the kids get in there to mix it up with their hands!)
- Roast at 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, turning the cubes halfway through for even browning.
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