How Does Your Brain Score? Take the Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

AARP The Magazine

Butternut Squash Brightens Your Winter Table

Try this sweet versatile gourd as a side dish or main course

Sesame and Soy Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Squash, Butternut Squash Recipe (Kat Teutsch; Food Stylist: Heather Meldrom; Prop Stylist: Michelle Wong)

Add nutritional value to a side by mixing sweet potato and butternut squash. — Kat Teutsch; Food Stylist: Heather Meldrom; Prop Stylist: Michelle Wong

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch crescents
  • 1 parsnip or turnip, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Fresh cracked pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. In a large bowl, mix the sesame seeds and oil, garlic, tamari or soy sauce, and olive oil. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat.

3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the vegetables on the sheet, season with pepper, and roast for 20 minutes. Stir the vegetables with a spatula or wooden spoon and roast for 10 to 15 more minutes or until golden.

Nutrients per serving: 212 calories, 4g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium

Next page: Learn to make grilled butternut squash pizza. »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Member Benefits AT&T Wireless Cell Phone

Members save 10% on the monthly service charge of qualified AT&T wireless plans.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $9.50 for Regal ePremiere Tickets purchased online.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members earn points on select Walgreens-brand health and wellness products.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points