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Lightened Up Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples & Pecans/Giveaway

I have one of the best blog give-a-ways ever to share with you today as well as a fantastic lightened up recipe just in time for the holidays. One of my favorite winter side dishes is the oh so popular oven roasted butternut squash with apples and pecans. Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe how amazing this very simple recipe is. Everyone loves it and truth be told it could pass for dessert! Since I am trying to cook without added oils I lightened up this dish by subbing a little apple juice for the coconut oil. I am happy to report that this worked like a charm. I buy those little lunch box sized juice boxes to keep on hand for recipes like this.

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To make this a quick and easy recipe I used the pre- cut butternut squash from Costco. The house was filled with the warm aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and apples as this recipe baked in my new Pyrex Portables 9 x 13  - 3 quart baking dish. I love having the handles to carry this hot dish.

Lightened Up Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples & Pecans

  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples, cored and cubed – not peeled, use sweet ones for this dish
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons apple juice (replaces the butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons real Maple syrup, honey or Agave (original recipe – 3 tablespoons honey)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (original recipe – 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (original recipe 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place cubed butternut squash and apples in a 9 x 13 inch pan sprayed with non stick spray. Add 2 tablespoons apple juice cover pan with foil and roast 30 minutes – stirring once. Add more juice if pan starts to get dry.

While squash and apple chunks are roasting combine the rest of the ingredients. Remove pan from oven, pour mixture over squash and apples, stir gently to coat. Return pan to oven and cook uncovered for an additional 30 – 40 minutes or until squash and apples are softly cooked, stirring every 15 minutes. Add more apple juice if pan seems to get dry.

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: about 1/2 cup

Nutritional Information 

Per Serving: 89 Calories, 1.3 g fat, o mg Cholesterol, 1.7 mg Sodium, 20.8 g Carbohydrates, 3.3 g Fiber, 1.5 g Protein

Recipe adapted from a recipe on the Eat Smart Organic peeled, cubed butternut squash package from Costco.

Pyrex Portables

The folks at Pyrex contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in trying their Pyrex Portables dish and of course I said yes! They sent me a 9 x 13 baking dish with a a carrying case that holds a cold/hot pack  and a round no leak bowl which is perfect for holding the leftovers. In addition they sent me a gift card to purchase ingredients to make this dish. The day the boxes showed up I felt like Christmas arrived a little early at my house.

Pyrex Portables

I have already used the baking dish several times – and we even used the carrying case to take a hot casserole dish of Morroccan Roasted Vegetables to a friends house on a very cold night. It stayed piping hot in the bag for an hour or so. When we went home a few hours later the hot pack was still plenty hot! The hot/cold pack can be frozen or heated up in the microwave oven. If using it to keep food hot insert the pack into the pouch underneath the baking dish. If you want to use it cold – place the frozen pack in the pocket of the carrying case lid. How cool is that (no pun intended)?

Pyrex PortablesHubby Tom got in on the action – he loves being able to use his hot gloves! The instructions say to put the lid on the hot dish within 2 minutes of removing it from the oven. It’s not leak proof so be mindful if your Pyrex dish contains a lot of liquid to keep the dish level at all times. Of course use hot pads or gloves to transfer the hot dish to the carrying case.

Pyrex Portables

 Zip it up and you are good to travel – or just keep the dish warm while you use the oven for something else or keep a dish cold when your fridge is too full. This could be very handy when cooking a holiday meal. As always I share with you my honest opinions about products and foods that I try even if I get them for free. The truth is, I am quite smitten with this Pyrex Portable assemble! If you attend pot lucks, take food to work to share, take food to holiday gatherings or are short on oven/refrigerator space when you cook and entertain then this set needs to be in your kitchen! I noticed that its currently unavailable on Amazon but you can find it at Target and Walmart for around $30. I feel like that would be money well spent. I also did see it at my local Costco not too long ago. But first enter here to win it for free!

I am so excited to share that one lucky reader is going to win this 4 piece set of Pyrex Portables!

How to enter for a chance to win this prize:

This giveaway is now over!

Mandatory – Leave me a comment telling me what recipe you would make in this Pyrex Portables dish.

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1. Sign up to receive email notifications of my posts. Click on the envelope icon on the right side bar to sign up.Once you do that or if you already are signed up leave me a separate comment telling me. You must leave a separate comment for it to count. Email notification is the best way to stay caught up on new posts.

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3. Follow me on Twitter and then come back and tell me in a separate comment that you did or if you already do follow me on Twitter.

This give-a-way will remain open for entries through Wednesday December 25th, 2013. The winner will be announced later next week here on the blog and the winner will be sent an email with all the information. Good luck!


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  1. Marsha A. says:

    I would make my gluten free green bean casserole with the pyrex portables.

  2. Marsha A. says:

    I already receive your emails of your posts.

  3. Marsha A. says:

    I like the Nutmeg Notebook on facebook

  4. Lynn says:

    I would use these all the time for my hot casserole dishes I need to take to pot lucks! Sounds amazing. Thanks!

  5. Lynn says:

    I am already a subscriber to your emails. Thanks again!

  6. Lynn says:

    I liked you on Facebook. ; )

  7. Biz says:

    Great giveaway! My Mom has one of those carriers and I keep telling her if it goes missing, I don’t know what happened to it!

    I already subscribe by email, but I just “liked” your facebook page! :D

  8. Karina says:

    I always make roasted vegetables for my family get togethers too and of course this would be perfect for them!

  9. Beverly says:

    My mind immediately went to some kind of warm gooey cake that I could make and tote in one of those portables! Mmmmmm

  10. Beverly says:

    I was and am a fan on Facebook. I didn’t know about the new notification thing, so thanks for the heads up!

  11. Beverly says:

    I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter!

  12. Beverly says:

    I’m a new follower on Twitter!

  13. Kim Mathis says:

    I would love to make this recipe in a Pyrex portables. I usually need a 9×13 for an asparagus, chickpea & mushroom casserole I make, but the recipe you posted would be lovely to give a shot in a new Pyrex dish. I just love my Pyrex anyway. I sure hope I win. hehehe

  14. Kim Mathis says:

    I already receive your newsletter & I just went to follow your Facebook page. I didn’t even realize you had one, so how cool!!! Thanks for all you do!!!

  15. Kim Mathis says:

    I followed you on Twitter too. I am @spiralout1031, in case you want to follow back. :) I enjoy your simple recipes; so easy for the weeknight cook

  16. Emily says:

    I’d make a vegan, gluten-free mac and cheese!

  17. Di says:

    I subscribe to your blog via email. Don’t want to miss a post!

  18. Di says:

    I follow you on Facebook. Nice to keep in touch that way!

  19. Kris T. says:

    A bread pudding for a potluck!

  20. Katie says:

    Great giveaway! I would want to try my favorite breakfast casserole in this dish.

  21. Katie says:

    Just subscribed to your blog!

  22. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I have one of those Pyrex portables and it’s ideal for the potluck transport. Since I already have one, I won’t be greedy and enter the giveaway. :)

  23. Jody - Fit at 56 says:

    If I can make my healthy meatloaf, chicken breast & protein bars in it – that is what I would do. Man I could use these for this person that does not have much like that!

  24. Jody - Fit at 56 says:

    I already follow on twitter! :)

  25. Jody - Fit at 56 says:

    I already subscribe via email

  26. Jody - Fit at 56 says:

    I already like your FB page!

  27. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    Great giveaway!

    I would make a spaghetti casserole.

  28. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I already like you on FB!

  29. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I already follow you on Twitter.

  30. Amy P says:

    I would make cinnamon rolls.

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    I receive your emails

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  33. Vickie says:

    I go to a monthly vegetarian potluck supper and this would be great to take my food in. I could see using it for lots of recipes, lasagna, lentil casserole, mac and cheese, cold salads. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

  34. Dianne Mitchell says:

    I would use it for roasted vegetables.Great giveaway.

  35. Dianne Mitchell says:

    I liked you on facebook.

  36. dianne Mitchell says:

    I receive your emails.

  37. Carolsue says:

    I would make lasagna in these dishes

  38. Carolsue says:

    I follow you on Twitter as @Cezovski9

  39. Carolsue says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter via e-mail.

  40. Carolsue says:

    I don’t think I left a comment that I follow you on Facebook – delete if I did.
    I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson

  41. Renee'sKitchenAdventures says:

    OMG…great recipe and great product. I have a pyrex portable from LONG time ago, I use it all the time. The zipper broke last year and I would SO love to win this!!!!

    I think I might put your recipe on my Christmas menu! Was looking for some different kind of veggie to serve! Thanks Tami!

  42. Renee'sKitchenAdventures says:

    I like your fb page and made sure I made sure get notifications was checked!

  43. Renee'sKitchenAdventures says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  44. Mo says:

    I am going to try your lightened up roasted butternut squash recipe today!

  45. Mo says:

    I have signed up to receive your email notifications…

  46. mysweetiepiepie says:

    I’d probably make lasagna.

  47. mysweetiepiepie says:

    I signed up for your emails.

  48. mysweetiepiepie says:

    I like the Nutmeg Notebook Facebook page.

  49. Mary says:

    Once again I visited just in time! I was looking for another dish to bring to my daughter’s house on Christmas Eve. I think this will be perfect! Happy holidays and take some time to enjoy your awesome recipes.

  50. Elizabeth says:

    I would make roasted garlic taters in the dish!

  51. Marlene says:

    I would make enchiladas.

  52. sue says:

    i would like to make cinnamon rolls!

  53. Jenn says:

    I would definitely be making my family’s famous lasagna!

  54. Jenn says:

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  55. Jenn says:

    And I follow on Twitter!

  56. Kristi says:

    I would make your butternut squash recipie! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  57. shannon says:

    I want to use this casserole dish to make your Lightened Up Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples & Pecans and Dreena’s Oven-Baked Chickpea Ratatouille

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