My sheet pan and my dutch oven are going to be my best friends during the fall season. I don't need recipes to be complicated to be impressive, I just need them to taste good (but it's always a bonus if they're instagrammable).

I think I had a 15 minute conversation with a cashier at Trader Joe's about squash the other day.  This is their time to shine! They're cheap, they flourish, and they're so malleable. Roast em, sautée em, stuff up, spiralize em, whatever your heart desires! And did I mention delicata squash are a DOLLAR a piece at Trader Joe's? I can't afford in-season fashions but in-season produce? That's always the best way to go.

This delicious delicata can be served as a side dish or even a main dish if that's how you get down. There's so much flavor (and fiber) in these squash you could get full off them alone. Honey and dijon are a kickass fall flavor combination (try honey dijon salmon and you'll know what I mean) and smoked paprika is my secret weapon here. Just enough depth but not too much that it overpowers the buttery tenderness of the squash. You can throw all of this together in less than 15 minutes, roast it and have some protein going on the stove top at the same time, and that's dinner in under an hour. If you're not traditional about side dishes, might I suggest serving it at Thanksgiving? Bon appetit, folks!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 sliced red onion
  • 2 1-lb delicata squash
  • 1/4 c olive oil (I used Zoe)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Wash the delicata and slice each side so there's a cylindrical opening where the seeds are. Over a big bowl, scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or knife
  3. Slice the squash in 1/2 inch thick circles then slice those in half. Place in a large bowl
  4. Slice the onion into circles then slice those in half-circles. Place in the same bowl
  5. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, honey, and dijon. Pour over the squash and onions and coat them evenly.
  6. In that same bowl, add the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic. Combine and coat evenly.
  7. Spread it all evenly on a greased pan on parchment paper and roast for 30 minutes. 
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