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Delicata Squash Rice Bowls
with dried cranberries / spinach

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Unlike other winter squash, delicata has a thin rind that can be eaten after being roasted. Tossed with nuts and dried cranberries, it helps round out the bright colors in these light, fresh rice bowls.


Honey Mustard Sauce:
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, white wine - 1 tsp
Delicata Squash Rice Bowls:
  • Rice, uncooked basmati - 3/4 cup
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Honey Mustard Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/2 cup
  • Roasted Delicata Squash (ingredients listed separately) - ~1 lb
Roasted Delicata Squash:
  • Squash, delicata - 1 lb , 1/2" / 1.3cm slices (sub acorn or butternut squash)
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Thyme - 4 sprigs
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
  • Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup


  1. Make honey mustard sauce - Skip if sauce was made ahead on Monday. Whisk together honey, mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cook rice - Double if making Thursday’s meal. Fill a saucepan with water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then add rice. Bring to a simmer, cover, turn heat down to low and cook until rice has absorbed all the liquid, 15 to 18 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Squash - Rinse and dry squash. Slice in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1/2" / 1.3 slices. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  2. Line sheet pan with foil and brush with some cooking oil. Toss squash slices with thyme sprigs, olive oil and maple syrup. Season with some salt and pepper. Spread on the pan and roast, stirring halfway through, until tender, ~25 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of roasting, stir beans into squash so that the beans get warmed through.
  4. When squash is nearly finished roasting, toss spinach with some of the honey mustard sauce (just enough to lightly coat; you can save the rest of the sauce to drizzle over top.)
  5. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  6. Toss cranberries with warm squash right out of the oven.
  7. Assemble bowls with a portion of rice, warm roasted squash and spinach. You can toss everything together or eat each separate. Drizzle a bit more honey mustard sauce over top if you’d like. (Note: if you used delicata squash, the rind is tender enough to eat. If you used acorn squash as a substitute, the rind is tough and needs to be discarded.)



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