Vegetables for kids can be hard to find – this butternut squash fries recipe is an easy crowd pleaser that kids and adults alike will love! Crispy and sweet, they take little prep to get together. With a bit of oven time to crisp and caramelize, these are the perfect kid-friendly side dish.
“Isn’t that hard to cut?!”
That’s what my dad said when we went to the store and I grabbed a squash. I was planning to make this fabulous roasted butternut squash fries recipe with dinner.
Here’s the thing: my dad is a self-proclaimed, life loving bachelor. He has a long time girlfriend we all adore, but he lives alone, cooks for himself most nights, and loves it.
Which means he usually goes for any and all convenience foods, including precut veggies. Because of this, my dad, like many people, has some insane notion in his mind that cutting a butternut squash is the work of the devil. IDK guys, it’s not that bad.
Truth is, butternut squash is one of my favorite vegetables, no matter the time of year.
Tips to making this butternut squash fries recipe
- Peel the squash first. I find it usually takes me about 2 rounds of peeling to get through the thick skin, but after that I’m gold.
- Next, carefully cut through where the squash balloons out. This will give you a section of nothing but squash which is easy to turn into fries, and the bulbous bottom with seeds.
- Slice the bulb part in half, remove the seeds with a spoon, and slice. These will be less “fry” like, so they’re usually the ones I serve myself.
- Slice the remaining into 1/2 inch slices before cutting into fries. I suggest cutting into bigger fries over matchstick style as they have more surface area and are more likely to crisp versus get over soft.
- If you’d like, add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon to the seasoning of the fries.
- When turning and later removing from the sheet pan, do so gently. These aren’t as firm as traditional fries, especially before they crisp up.
This is a simple recipe for picky eaters – my kids gobbled them up when I served them with dip. I just mixed Greek yogurt with their beloved ketchup, but I think a cinnamon honey Greek yogurt dip would be awesome!
Butternut Squash Fries Recipe
This kid friendly vegetable recipe is something your kids won’t whine about getting on their plates. Fries are an easy way to introduce a different vegetable in a form they’re comfortable with!
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Butternut Squash Fries
- 1 large butternut squash
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Peel your squash and then cut into sticks.
- On a baking sheet, toss with oil, salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and return for another 10-15 minutes.
Okay so tell me – what vegetable are your kids afraid of? What vegetables to do you buy the convenience version of? Let me know in the comments!
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