I love winter squashes, so I’m always looking for more ways to use them in my Autumn and Winter recipes. This low carb Roasted Butternut Squash “Risotto” shared by Karen of Living Low Carb … One Day At A Time promises to be a delightful addition to your cool weather repertoire. Thanks, Karen, for sharing!
I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies on the dinner table. One of my favorite substitutes is using cauli-rice for regular white rice. In just minutes, you can easily turn a head of cauliflower into a rice substitute. This time I decided to make my cauli-rice by combining it with butternut squash to make a creamy risotto. The roasted butternut squash adds a subtle sweetness to the risotto which pairs well with the cauli-rice. This would make a great addition to your dinner table!
Roasted Butternut Squash “Risotto”
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil (Did you know your olive oil is likely fake? Click here to find real olive oil.)
- 1 medium head cauliflower (should yield 1 1/2 lbs of florets)
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee (where to find grass-fed butter or ghee)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup homemade chicken broth, divided (or if homemade isn’t available, get real bone broth without hidden MSG)
- 1 Tbsp chopped sage
- Salt and pepper, to taste (where to find real sea salt)
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Place the butternut squash on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Once the butternut squash has finished roasting and cooled slightly. Place the butternut squash in a blender with 1/4 cup homemade chicken broth and blend until smooth.
While the butternut squash is roasting, rinse, trim the leaves and core the head of cauliflower. Next, cut the cauliflower into florets. Place the florets in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is the size of rice.
Heat the butter or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cauli-rice, coat with butter/ghee and cook for 3-4 minutes. Next, add 1/4 cup of chicken broth and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Once absorbed, add another 1/4 cup of chicken broth and stir until absorbed. Repeat one more time with the last 1/4 cup chicken broth. Cook until the cauli-rice is tender. Add the butternut squash, sage, and stir to combine. Season to taste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Serve this roasted butternut squash “risotto” as a side dish or a hearty meatless meal.