FRESH PRODUCE BOX RECIPE: ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & RED ONION WITH TAHINI & ZA’ATAR

April 30, 2018

FRESH PRODUCE BOX RECIPE: ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & RED ONION WITH TAHINI & ZA’ATAR

Another vegetarian favourite often found in the FRESH PRODUCE BOX is butternut squash. This healthy and versatile FRUIT (yes, it’s technically a fruit), is often found mashed or in soups, breads, muffins or pies. This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini & Za’atar has a delicious Mediterranean twist. Enjoy!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion with Tahini & Za’atar




Preheat the oven to 475 F or 240 C



Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash washed and then cut into 2 inch wedges. (keep the skin on)

2 red onions cut into 1 ¼ inch wedges

3 ½ tbsp olive oil

3 ½ tbsp tahini paste

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

1 clove garlic crushed

3 ½ tbsp pine nuts

1 tbsp za’atar (you can find this in the Middle Eastern section of the grocery store, it’s a spice blend)

2 tbsp chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste



Directions:

Put the chopped squash and chopped onion in a large mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and salt and pepper. Toss well.

Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minute4s until the vegetables have browned a bit and are cooked through.

Remove from oven and leave to cool.

Mix the tahini in a small bowl with the lemon juice, water, garlic and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk until the sauce is the consistency of honey. You will need to add a bit more water if it is too thick.

In a small frying pan, heat the remaining 1 ½ teaspoons of oil and add the pine nuts with ½ teaspoon of salt and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often until the nuts are golden brown.

To serve, spread the vegetables on a large serving platter and drizzle over the tahini. Sprinkle the pine nuts and their oil on top followed by the za’atar and parsley.

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