Delicata squash is a delicious and fast cooking squash. Not only is it great on its own as a side dish, but you can make it a delectable part of a salad or warm veggie bowl. Unlike many other squashes, delicata squash cooks up incredibly fast, in just 20 minutes. And you don’t have to waste time peeling the skin, as it’s edible.

Delicata Squash Benefits

Supports clear skin: just one cup contains 90% DV Vitamin A, which is needed for blemish-free skin.

Powerful antioxidants: Vitamins A and C help prevent various illnesses while supporting good health.

Supports eye health: the squash’s high Vitamin A content also supports eye health.

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Here’s the recipe!

Roasted Delicata Squash


1 delicata squash

1-2 tsp. avocado oil

pink salt

black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the ends of the delicata squash, then slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the hollowed out part of the squash down on the cutting board, and slice into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Put on baking sheet.
  3. Top the squash with oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Use your hands to toss and coat each piece well. Then, spread them out flat on the sheet.
  4. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve as a side dish or on top of a warm winter salad.

No need to peel the skin. Yes, it’s edible!

Get the printable recipe here.


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