How To Make A Braised Butternut Squash Recipe

braised butternut squash

Braised Butternut Squash Recipe

This is a beautiful side dish on its own, but add steamed shrimp or slices of grilled chicken and you have a comfort food meal loaded with good stuff. Each bite helps to fight inflammation, boost your heart health, and balance your blood sugar. Makes 4 servings.

Braised Butternut Squash Ingredients

  • 1 cup polenta (fine cornmeal)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1¾ pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces golden beets, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Braised Butternut SquashDirections

  • Prepare polenta: Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pan. Add salt. Pour cornmeal slowly into the water, stirring constantly. Continue stirring as mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Reduce heat. Cook for at least 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. If polenta becomes quite thick, thin it with 1/2 cup water, stir well and continue cooking. Add up to 1 cup more water as necessary.
  • For vegetables: Melt butter in a large pan with a lid. Add butternut squash and beets and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in broth, honey, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Serve vegetables and their broth over polenta.

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Nutritionist at Fresh Balance Nutrition helps you to enjoy whole foods to reach a healthy weight, avoid disease, and feel balanced. Jennifer Cohen Katz is a registered dietitian/ nutritionist that lives the same active, healthy lifestyle she recommends to clients. Her knowledge and passion encompass integrative and functional nutrition, sports nutrition, and whole foods cooking.
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