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Spicy Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon

Sweet and spicy maple roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts and savory, crispy bacon. This filling, veggie-packed dish is perfect for a side dish or a main meal!
Course Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Side Dish, Thanksgiving
Keyword butternut squash brussels sprouts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 295 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, stems and outer leaves removed and halved
  • 5 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 4-5 oz uncooked bacon (either pork or turkey bacon will work)
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup toasted pecans halves, chopped
  • cup your choice of gorgonzola crumbles, blue cheese crumbles or goat cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread out brussels sprouts and butternut squash. 
  2. In small bowl mix together the olive oil, maple syrup, garlic, cayenne, cinnamon and cloves until well combined. Pour over the brussels and butternut squash. 
  3. Season generously with salt and pepper. Use clean hands to toss together then spread out evenly on the baking sheet. 
  4. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes then flip and roast for an additional 15 minutes until brussels turn a slight golden brown and squash is fork tender.
  5. While the veggies are roasting, cook your bacon according to the directions on the package. Remember you only need about 5 ounces (or about 4-6 slices). 
  6. Once done cooking bacon and it’s crispy, transfer to a paper towel and pat away the grease as much as possible, then chop the bacon and set aside.
  7. Once the butternut squash and brussels are done roasting, transfer them to a large serving bowl and gently fold in chopped bacon, dried cranberries and toasted pecans. Garnish with your choice of crumbled cheese.

Recipe Notes

To toast pecans:

Stove top method: Place pecans in a small pan over medium heat. Stir pecans until toasted and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. They are done as soon as they start looking darker and smell toasty. Immediately remove the pecans from the pan to a bowl or paper towel to prevent burning.

Oven method: You can also toast the pecans in the oven on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 6-7 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 168
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.7g29%
Saturated Fat 4.1g26%
Carbohydrates 27.2g9%
Fiber 4.8g20%
Sugar 15.1g17%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.