Winter Squash Casserole – A Healthy Comfort Food Side Dish


The temperatures are still on the chilly side. This recipe is a perfect complement to dinner on a cooler evening. We hope you’ll try this easy and healthy recipe and enjoy it with your family and friends.

 Winter Squash Casserole

  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 6 cups cubed winter squash – e.g., butternut
  • 1 cup uncooked grain – quinoa, rice or rye berries
  • 2 cups of corn – fresh, canned or frozen
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans or cooked black beans
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional – 1 chopped avocado, 2 cups non-dairy cheddar, salsa to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Steam the squash on the stovetop over boiling water for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Cook the grain in water as directed – e.g., cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender
  • In a large oven-proof casserole dish add all ingredients and mix gently
  • Top as desired and bake for about 15 minutes
  • Enjoy!

 This recipe was shared by Sarah Martin, PhD, Grants Manager at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, Maine, which is a member of Covenant Health.

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