Crunchy Sweet Butternut Squash

Friends if you are asked to bring a side dish to your family or friends gathering during the holiday season, you will want to make this dish! Why you may ask, it’s because its awesome. Don’t be afraid to spit up the current recipe by adding more chili peppers or just the a bit of red pepper flakes works great as well. Now if you don’t like spicy no problem this recipe is awesome tasty sweet.  Sweetened with a sugar free natural sweetener that is low glycemic index and low calorie. You can satisfy your sweet taste buds and at the same time don’t sacrifice your health.

 

Crunchy Sweet Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1/2 cup Lite&Sweet

1/4 cup water (divided)

1 tsp. dried thyme, divided

1 large butternut squash (about 5 lbs.), peeled, halved, seeded and thinly sliced

1/4 cup plus. extra virgin olive oil

Bake util

1 1/2 tsp. salt (divided)

1 1/2 tsp. pepper (divided)

1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a sauce pan, heat  Lite&Sweet, 2 Tbsp water, and 1/2 tsp thyme, whisking well over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the Lite & Sweet is completely melted. Reduce the heat to simmer or very low.

Peel, half and remove seeds from your butternut squash. Next thinly slice the squash and add to a microwave-safe dish, combine squash and 2 tbsp of water; microwave, covered, on high until the squash is just tender, 6-8 minutes. Add 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper; toss to coat.

Arrange squash slices other sides in a greased 9-in. square baking dish. (To make stacking easier, set your baking dish on end; fill with squash slices. When dish is full, return to original position.) Drizzle the Lite&Sweet mixture over squash.

Bake until squash is tender, 45-50 minutes. In a small skillet, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; toss with remaining thyme and remaining salt and pepper. Cook and stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle over baked squash; if desired; drizzle with additional Lite & Sweet mixture.

Crunchy Sweet Butternut Squash
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