Hokey Pete, this dish is SO YUMMERS!!! I made this for dinner tonight, and now I am sitting here, belly comfortably full and hunger satiated. To make this, I used chicken as my protein, and since I am currently obsessed with butternut squash, I used that as my main veggie (yes, I know it’s technically a fruit, but whatevs). I also added cranberries and a couple extra spices. Whoa, baby, the result is SO good and healthy. If you are looking for a really filling meal that is still very healthy, this is it! Also, this dish is beyond easy to make which is always a plus!
Based on the ingredients in my recipe, here are some of the health highlights of this dish!
- high in fiber
- heart friendly
- immune boosting
- cancer prevention
- cold and flu prevention
- weight management
The combination of veggies and fruit in this dish pack some serious nutrition and provide the health benefits listed above and many more! This is truly a delicious dish that is extremely good for you!
OVEN ROASTED AUTUMN MEDLEY
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash cut into 1 inch chunks
- 2 medium apples (preferably honey crisp apples)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
- 1/2 Tbsp dried sage
- 1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp. cardamom
- small pinch of stevia
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 3-4 chicken breast
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop your squash, onion and apples into 1 inch chunks. Place the squash, onion, apples and cranberries in a big mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, basil sage, rosemary, cardamom, stevia, and sea salt. Toss until all is coated evenly.
2.) Transfer the mixture to a 11 by 13 casserole dish.
3.) Nestle the chicken breasts into the mixture.
4.) Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes total. After the first 25 minutes, remove from oven and baste with the juices at the bottom of the dish. This step is optional, but it makes for juicier chicken – YUM! Place back in the oven and continue to bake for 25 minutes to get to 50 minutes total.
5.) Place chicken on a plate, and cut into slices. Surround it with the veggies and fruit. Season with sea salt and pepper if desired and serve.
You will LOVE this meal! It screams “AUTUMN”, and it is DELICIOUS! Enjoy!