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This Butternut Squash and Apple Autumn Rice is a very simple dish with an unpretentious autumnal flavor profile that can be enjoyed either as a side dish or as a hearty vegan meal.

Butternut Squash and Apple Autumn Rice

This Butternut Squash and Apple Autumn Rice is a very simple dish with an unpretentious autumnal flavor profile that can be enjoyed either as a side dish or as a hearty vegan meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 as a side dish
Calories 335 kcal
Author Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt I use Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice*
  • 1 red apple diced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves
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Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or saute pan set over medium heat. Add the onion, salt and pepper and cook until soft and slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cubed butternut squash and continue cooking for a few minutes, then add the apple juice, deglaze the pan well and decrease heat to medium-low. Cover loosely and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the squash is tender and all the juice has evaporated.
  3. Add cooked rice and apple, stir well and continue cooking until the apple and rice are well heated through, about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in pumpkin seeds and chopped sage; serve without delay.

Recipe Notes

*You'll need about 1 cup of dry rice to get the required amount of cooked rice. 

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Apple Autumn Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Potassium 521mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 186.5%
Vitamin C 27.8%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.