The Harvest of the Month food for January is butternut squash—encourage your child to try the dishes featuring butternut squash in the cafeteria!
Honey Roasted Butternut Bites
1 medium-size butternut squash (about two pounds)
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use a peeler to skin the whole squash. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Then, cut the squash into small cubes. Put the cubes in a large bowl and mix in the oil, honey, and salt. Use your hands or a large spoon to mix well, ensuring that each piece of squash is coated with the mixture. Then transfer squash to a baking sheet and roast in the oven for up to 1 hour (check on it frequently starting at the 45-minute mark).
Butternut Squash Fries
1 medium-large butternut squash (about three pounds)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Any other seasonings you'd like to add (i.e. pepper, paprika, garlic salt)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the squash (with skin on) for 30-45 minutes. You want it to be soft enough to cut, but not fully cooked. Once it has softened and cooled, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and peel away the skin. Slice the squash into fry-like sticks and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and/or any other seasonings. Increase oven temperature to 425 and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the fries have browned.