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Butternut Squash with Whole Grains Recipe
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Butternut Squash with Whole Grains Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup whole grain brown and red rice blend
  • 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 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until grains are tender. Just before serving, stir in spinach. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with RiceSelect Royal Blend Whole Grain Texmati Brown & Red Rice with Barley and Rye. Look for it in the rice aisle.
Originally published as Butternut Squash with Whole Grain Pilaf in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p22

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