Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

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When I came home from Paris yesterday, Fall was here, loud and clear…

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As much as I miss Paris and OSGMOM and sis, there is something very comforting about being home and back on Canadian soil.

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When I heard that we were expecting guests for dinner tonight (my brother in law Steve and his fiancée Joanne <—newly engaged!), I decided a Fall-like dinner was in order.

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Oh how I missed my kitchen.

Baking. Cooking. Creating. Experimenting.

EATING MY DELICIOUS FOOD! I’m pretty sure I am going to eat myself into a food coma this week in all the excitement.

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This huge CSA organic Butternut squash was the main feature…

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It was a big one- about 4 pounds!

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Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

Inspired by Kitchen Parade.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds butternut squash, washed, peeled, chopped into 1” cubes
  • 3 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 tsp curry powder (I used Arvinda’s Garam masala)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 small apples, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3.5-4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cups cooked Brown basmati rice
  • 3-4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sucanat or brown sugar, optional

 

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. Wash squash and place in microwave on high for 3 minutes to soften. In a medium sized pot, cook the brown rice. While the rice is cooking, peel and chop approx. 1.5 pounds of butternut squash. Place into a large bowl. Add in pumpkin seeds and stir again. In a small bowl mix the melted Earth Balance, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup. Add sauce to butternut squash in the large bowl. Mix well. Pour into a large casserole dish and cover with tin foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 375F. While baking, core and chop apples. In a small bowl mix 2 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Add chopped apples and mix well. After 20 minutes, remove squash from oven and scoop on the apple mixture. Stir in the cooked brown rice. Cover with tin foil and bake another 10 minutes. Uncover the dish, stir the mixture, and sprinkle with Sucanat or brown sugar. Place into oven for another 30 minutes uncovered, stirring every 10 minutes until squash is fully cooked. Just before serving, drizzle with another tbsp of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Adjust seasonings if necessary and enjoy!

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Butternut cheese cubes? ;)

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The sauce.

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I actually ended up changing the sauce significantly in the end. I doubled the quantity and I brought out the cinnamon and maple more! It was much better after the modifications. The recipe above reflects all my changes, don’t you worry.

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CSA Macintosh apples! Just little guys.

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The apples in this casserole were so good. Leave the skin on for extra nutrients and better texture.

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and bake!

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(This picture was taken before I added in the Pumpkin seeds- they were an after thought and I strongly suggest using them!)

Oh yeaaaaaa. This rocked my socks.

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It screams FALL….cinnamon…maple…spice…squash…pumpkin seeds…Oh my.

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I paired it with a strawberry, coconut, and Power House Glonola spinach salad.

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Along with my Better than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette! It was lovely.

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The dining area:

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We had to move this shelf down from our bedroom (I will be showing you why soon, it is part of the surprise I came home to!), so I decided to put it in the kitchen and add my Crazy Dish Lady plates & bowls. ;) It won’t be here forever, but it’s fine for now.

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I am off to check on the exciting things going on upstairs. Here is a hint…

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Ahhh!

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Chelsea at Striking Balance September 24, 2010

The casserole looks great, but I honestly can’t stop looking at the salad! Looks so delicious!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) September 24, 2010

This is totally on my menu for next week now. I’m going apple picking tomorrow and I’ll pick up a squash from the farmers’ market. SO great!

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Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 24, 2010

Look at all those leaves! Yay!

No wonder you are excited to be home; it looks gorgeous there (inside and out)!

A perfect celebratory meal! Nice job. :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 24, 2010

Mmmm delicious casserole!

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hippierunner September 24, 2010

I love that you’re excited to be home so you can cook again! And your dining room is so pretty! Seriously! I love the windows, light fixture, floor, paint color, table set!

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Kristina @ spabettie September 24, 2010

that looks DELICIOUS !!

*SQUEE* so excited for your hardwoods!! beautiful!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 24, 2010

What is it? An addition? New floors? Buffed floors?

Glad you’re back in the kitchen!

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Ricki September 24, 2010

What a fabulous looking casserole! And I cannot believe you already have so many red leaves up there!! Gack!!

Hope you’ll submit the casserole recipe to this month’s SOS Kitchen Challenge on my blog–details here!

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Liz @ LBBakes September 24, 2010

This looks delicious – I can’t get enough butternut squash this time of year!

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Wei-Wei September 24, 2010

Are you renovating your bedroom? Did something happen to it?! I’m glad you’re home safely, though. And the casserole is just so you :D

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 24, 2010

Ohhh wow – that casserole looks phenomenal…definitely trying it out!! And yay for new wood flooring!!

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Ana September 24, 2010

Casserole looks awesome!
I don’t like cold weather, but I love winter squash!!! It is definitely my favorite thing about fall and winter!
New floors are always welcome, what a nice surprise to come home too!!!
Ana

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please September 24, 2010

I’m so jealous of your house! It’s so beautiful and I love your decorating style! How sweet of Eric to surprise you with a home renovation project!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 24, 2010

I needed this Fall-filled post because it was hit 96 degrees here today!!! All I wanted was a smoothie heh heh. Gorgeous photos as always.

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Camille September 24, 2010

Amazing looking dinner! So Fall-like :)

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tj September 24, 2010

OH MY! That looks DELICIOUS! :) You are so creative! Thanks for passing on a great fall recipe to us! :)

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Bridget September 24, 2010

Welcome home Ange!

Fall is here :) Thanks for another great recipe. Hopefully I’ll be making it soon!

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rachel September 24, 2010

such a beautiful casserole, i think i have to make this, i’ve been using a lot of butternut squash lately :) and the apples sound gooood too.

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stacey-healthylife September 24, 2010

Home remodeling, fun. That salad looks amazing.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 24, 2010

Oooo! I’m going to the farmer’s market tomorrow – butternut squash and apples for this girl!! A side of chicken and my husband will eat it! Yippeee!!!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit September 24, 2010

Mm squash and apple is such an amazing combo!

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Bee Goes Bananas September 24, 2010

Mmm, now that’s my kind of meal! Definitely adding it to future potential meals.

Thanks!!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 24, 2010

You are one smart cookie!! :) This sounds delish!!

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Erin September 24, 2010

Wow, fall has definitely come to Canada. It was 97* here today if you can believe it. There was plenty of squash at the CSA, though, and an acorn squash is on my list for next week. :)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 24, 2010

New floors! Fun! :)
And that casserole sounds AMAZING.

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Toronto Girl West September 24, 2010

What a lovely fall recipe! I make something similar with the exception of the curry. I’ve never thought to put curry in it . . . must try! :)

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Mama Pea September 24, 2010

Welcome home! I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to comment much on your Paris posts, but I’m so happy that you didn’t let the vegan label stop you from experiencing the culture (and croissants)!

Your casserole is gorgeous!

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Katie September 24, 2010

I just went from mourning summer to being really excited about fall! Now I just hope there are apples at the farmers market on Sunday!

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Stacie September 24, 2010

Welcome back! I bet Eric and Sketchie are h.a.p.p.y to have you home. Looks like you had a fabulous time–thanks for taking us with! So, I just have to say, the vertical picture of your 4 pound squash, just makes me want to grab a Sharpie and draw a funny face on it…. ;)

tee hee hee…..Stacie

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jenn (GH) September 25, 2010

Welcome home!

I have to say living in southern CA but originally being from the midwest one of my favorite things about reading blogs is watching the season changes you guys get. Look at those leaves! Beautiful!

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' September 25, 2010

Are you getting new wood floors?? :D

I just cooked my first butternut squash of the season, too! I love that it’s Fall!!

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Allison @ Food For Healing September 25, 2010

Ooo i love butternut squash. I love squash in general actually

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 25, 2010

As much as I love going away, there really is no place like home. It always feels good to be back. The casserole looks good and the salad looks divine. I love strawberries on salads!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 25, 2010

Nothing like a “small” home improvement/renovation project. Ugh. I HATE work in my house. I am so anal that I hate when things are displaced, dirty, out of order, gross, and basically in the state of “progress”. I like it when it’s DONE. haha!

“Butternut cheese cubes? ;)”–oh that made me smile. And also made me think how badly your hand must have hurt whacking thru all that squash. Squash is so hard that no matter how sharp my knife, it’s still like a bicep/tricep workout. lol.

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Tina September 25, 2010

That rocks my socks too! ;)

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JL goes Vegan September 25, 2010

What a beautiful casserole! A perfect way to use fall’s squash and apple bounty!

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Kiersten September 25, 2010

Recipes like this are the reason I love Fall so much. I enjoyed reading all of your posts about Paris. It looks like a beautiful place.

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Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 25, 2010

Oooh, that casserole looks great! And I just so happen to have a butternut squash and apples too! :-P

Love the hardwood floor!

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Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 25, 2010

I’m so glad your are back! The photos of Paris were beautiful, but I love seeing all the recipes you make in your kitchen. :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 25, 2010

I’m so excited to see new recipes from you again. This one sounds amazing!

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