Fall is my absolute favorite. Why?
Who else wants to eat ALL THE THINGS? Well, so do I, friend. So do I.
A few years ago, we discovered this gem of a gourd. It’s name is Delicata and it lives up to all the whimsy and subtlety that the name would suggest. It’s light, slightly sweet, and so crazy delicious that YOU WILL WANT TO EAT ALL OF IT IMMEDIATELY.
I’ve tried it a few different ways, and the easiest and tastiest way to prep it is in the oven. A simple roast with coconut oil and pink salt elevates the squash to another level. It’s a level you want to be at, trust me. It’s also simple and quick to prepare and the squash doesnt’ require peeling, unlike some other squash cousins. Yep, I’m looking at you, Butternut. You’re too much work! But delicata takes all the work out of it.
This super simple dish is great as a side, but honestly, I eat it on it’s own all the time. Because it takes no work to prepare, it’s comforting, and very filling.
- 2 delicata squash, de-seeded and sliced (no need to peel!)
- 1 large fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp pink himalayn salt
- 2 tsp rosemary, chopped
- 1 tbsp fennel fronds (the soft, feathery green things that sprout out of the the fennel bulb)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more for spicy)
- In a large mixing bowl, place fennel, delicata squash, and rosemary.
- Add coconut oil, and stir quickly. Add salt and red pepper flakes and mix again.
- Spread squash and fennel out on a large baking sheet, and try to get as many pieces to lay as flat as possible.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring once.
- Remove from oven and garnish with a little more salt and fresh fennel fronds,
- Eat immediately and enjoy! Or save for later and mix up a salad with some quinoa, spinach, and dried cranberries.
Enjoy the season!