Butternut squash has a natural sweetness that is only enhanced by this gentle roasting. You know it’s ready as the skin is beautifully golden & it has released a sensational amber caramel into the tin (make sure to get all of this into the tin with the tomatoes before it cools & turns sticky!).
Squash is also a relative of the carrot & brings with it plenty of beta carotene (the plant derived form of Vitamin A). Beta carotene in itself is a potent antioxidant but also has the ability to be converted into Vitamin A which is integral to the health of our eyes (among other things).
The tomatoes & onions then bring their own power to the party. Cooked tomatoes are rich in Lycopene (another antioxidant) which is especially important for men’s health, whilst red onions & garlic have anti-inflammatory action & balance our immune systems.
I think this dish makes a fabulous alternative to any usual roast dinner accompaniments or a great component of a mezze lunch with fresh, zingy salad leaves, avocado, eggs, falafel, fish…
Basically it just tastes REALLY good so whatever you’ve got hanging about when you decide to make it will be great alongside! 😀