Sweet & buttery, this vitamin and mineral rich honey roasted butternut squash is the perfect kid friendly side dish for any meal!
One of my very favorite things about fall is squash. I know that sounds odd with all of the fun fall foods around like apples, figs, grapes, and pumpkins, but when you know how to handle these sweet little squashes, they can hit your table multiple times per week to add a huge nutritional punch to your meals!
Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and B6, and has a great fiber content which makes this a great slow burning starch to add to your meal. We all need energy (especially kids!), and carbohydrates are very important for that! The starches found in squashes are ones that they won’t burn through in 10 minutes like a sugar – this is energy that lasts. Which is why squash makes for a great side dish to dinner, but I also very often even serve it with breakfast.
Squash is something my kids have always taken to because they have had it since they were very young, but what about those big kids? It’s still a vegetable, right?! Kids are just notorious for pointing that out and making sure you know that they know it!
- Make it fun. Let them pick out the squash at the farmer’s market or store.
- Let them help you prep it. Let them get their hands in the middle and scoop out the seeds. Let them smear the butter all over! And put the squash on non-stick baking mats.
- A little drizzle of honey never hurt any! My kids will try just about anything if there is a promise of a little honey. A small drizzle isn’t going to sugar spike them, and quality honey has many nutritional benefits anyway. I might suggest that if you have super little ones – as in under age 3 or 4, this is probably unnecessary. Butternut squash in particular is super sweet on it’s own, and it’s best to just keep those palates super low key as long as you can on those little ones.
Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls aged 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.