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Butternut Squash with Whole Grain Pilaf Recipe

Fresh thyme really shines in this hearty slow-cooked side dish featuring tender butternut squash, nutritious whole grain pilaf and vitamin-packed baby spinach. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup Kashi whole grain pilaf
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach


  • 1. Place pilaf in a 4-qt slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the squash, broth, onion, water, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper; add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until pilaf is tender, adding spinach during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 97 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.