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Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans

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This low carb delicata squash side dish is roasted with kale and pecans.

Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

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After discovering wonderful delicata squash last fall, I couldn't wait to try it again! This naturally sweet squash gets its name from the delicate skin – which is completely edible! If you've never tried it before (or even heard of it!), here's what you need to know about how it fits into a low carb diet:

Carbs in Delicata Squash

A half cup serving of delicata squash (approx 100g) contains around 9 grams of carbohydrates and 3g of fiber, so 6g net carbs. Here's the full panel:

Delicata Squash Nutrition - from Nutrionix.com

To compare, 100g of potato has approximately 19g net carbs, 100g of sweet potato has 16g net carbs, 100g of butternut squash has 8g net, and 100g of zucchini has about 1.8g net carbs. So it isn't the lowest of the squash family, but it isn't the highest either. My recommendation is to enjoy it every now and then, just like you might do butternut squash, but don't cook it every night! If you follow a keto diet or try and keep your carb count to 20g net per day, then unfortunately this probably isn't the vegetable for you.

Roasting the delicata with something like kale is not only delicious, but the kale bulks up the side dish and brings the carb count down per serving. That being said, the final carb count for this dish isn't super low (I could pretend that the recipe served 6 or 8 to make it look better – but it really doesn't serve more than 4 people).

How to Make Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans

Prepare the squash by cutting it in half lengthways, then across the middle. Use a spoon to scoop out (and discard) the seeds.Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

Cut each quarter into rings, and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Roast in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

Remove the delicata from the oven, and cover it in chopped kale. Return it to the oven for 5 minutes.

Take it out of the oven, toss the squash and kale together, then sprinkle over some pecan halves. Return the vegetables to the oven for another 3-5 minutes or until the kale is crispy at the edges and the pecans are lightly toasted.Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

Meanwhile, make a quick vinaigrette from extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Transfer the veggies to a serving bowl and pour the vinaigrette over. Serve warm.

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Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

You *could* eat this dish cold, and the low carb delicata is certainly still tasty,  but the kale loses its crispness and goes soft, which I personally don't like so much.

Low Carb Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans - a delicious warm side dish recipe

You may also like to try my recipe for Roasted Maple Delicata Squash!

Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans

Delicata Squash with Kale and Pecans

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This low carb delicata squash side dish is roasted with kale and pecans.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz delicata squash
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ¼ cup pecan halves

For the vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Prepare the squash by cutting it in half lengthways, then across the middle. Use a spoon to scoop out (and discard) the seeds.
  3. Cut each quarter into rings, and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Roast for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the delicata from the oven, and cover it in chopped kale. Return it to the oven for 5 minutes.
  5. Take it out of the oven, toss the squash and kale together, then sprinkle over the pecan halves. Return the vegetables to the oven for another 3-5 minutes or until the kale is crispy at the edges and the pecans are lightly toasted.
  6. Meanwhile, make a quick vinaigrette from extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard.
  7. Transfer the veggies to a serving bowl and pour the vinaigrette over. Serve warm.

Notes

9g net carbs per serving (quarter of the whole recipe)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size Quarter of the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 191Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 1gSodium 31mgCarbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 3g
Inspired by this recipe from Do You Even Paleo

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Linda

Friday 26th of October 2018

Looks delicious! . Can’t wait to try these!

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