Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries Salad

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Ingredients:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt to taste
Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • 1 1/2 lb butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (Yields about 4 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup optional
Instructions
How to roast Brussels Sprouts:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
  1. Boil Brussels sprouts in water for about 5 minutes

  2. In a medium bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt (to taste), and toss to combine.

  3. Place onto a  baking sheet, and roast in the oven at 400 F for about 10 minutes.

How to roast Butternut Squash:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded),1 tablespoon of olive oil, maple syrup, and toss to mix.
  3. Place butternut squash in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once half-way through baking, until softened.
  4. Note: You can roast both Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on 2 separate baking sheets at the same time.
How to toast pecans:
  1. Toast pecans in the preheated oven at 350 F

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Toast the pecans for about 5 minutes (maybe a bit longer) in the preheated oven at 350 F until they get darker in color.

  4. Note: pecans burn really fast, so make sure to check the nuts after 5 minutes and frequently afterwords.

Assembly:

In a large bowl, combine roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries, and mix to combine.

Tips:

I don’t like to roast my brussels sprouts in the oven the whole time because I think it will turn out dry, so I boiled it first then finished cooking in the oven to get some brown color. You can totally do it in the oven with 400F for 20-25 minutes without boiling part.

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