Cinnamon-Sugar Butternut Squash Fries

What’s your favorite easy yet delicious home-cooked meal?

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During the busy Winter season, I’ve found that I too often will grab fast food for dinner in order to save myself time. And even when I do make dinner at home, it’ll typically be the easiest thing I could find, such as pasta or even cereal. While certainly yummy at the time, after a few weeks the unhealthy choices really start to add up, and soon I find myself lacking in energy and just generally off my game.

So as part of my after-Christmas New Years Resolution this year, I’ve decided to work on creating healthy recipes that I can make at home in a snap with little hands-on time required.

Today I revamped one of my favorite recipes: Butternut Squash Fries. However, in order to satisfy my sweet tooth I switched up the spices used, instead adding cinnamon and stevia to create a decadent, almost dessert-like dish.

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Holy moly, I can’t get enough of these fries.

The cinnamon and stevia (note: you can also use sugar if you don’t like the taste of stevia) play off each other perfectly and taste almost reminiscent of cinnamon sugar soft pretzels. Plus, this recipe is unbelievably easy: you just chop up the fries, sprinkle with the spices, and bake for 20 minutes; it’s almost completely hands off!

Bake them as a side for your dinner to satisfy your sweet craving instead of a high-calorie dessert, or simply enjoy as a nice snack: it’s up to you!

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But believe me: these fries can complete the perfect, easiest home-cooked meal. And get you on track for a healthy 2016!

Cinnamon-Sugar Butternut Squash Fries

  • 280 g (about 2 c) butternut squash (peeled, if desired)
  • Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 2 tbs stevia (or sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice a butternut squash into long strips resembling French fries until you’ve cut about 1 c (140 g) of squash. Spread strips across a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 1/2 in apart. Lightly spray with cooking spray for about 2 seconds. Sprinkle with stevia (or sugar) and cinnamon. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly crispy.

Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)

Calories: 39

Fat: 1g

Carbs: 8g

Protein: 1g

(Yields 4 servings)

The calories added by the cooking spray are included in the nutritional information for about a 2 second spray.

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