Roasted Turnips & Butternut Squash with Five-Spice Glaze

Roasted Turnips & Butternut Squash with Five-Spice Glaze

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012

In this delicious side dish recipe, turnips and butternut squash are glazed with a mixture of molasses and flavorful five-spice powder. Try the dish with garlic-rubbed roasted chicken or pork.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 4 medium turnips (about 1½ pounds), peeled
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (see Tip)


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  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Slice turnips and squash crosswise into ¾-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into ¾-inch-wide strips or "sticks." Toss with oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well coated. Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets and spread into an even layer. (Set the bowl aside.)
  3. Roast the turnips and squash for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer back to the bowl. Gently stir in onion, molasses and five-spice powder to combine. Return the vegetables to the baking sheets; roast, stirring once halfway through and rotating the pans top to bottom and front to back, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  • Tip: Chinese five-spice powder is available in well-stocked supermarkets and Asian markets. All blends contain cinnamon, fennel seed, cloves and star anise; some versions are made with white pepper, some with Szechuan pepper.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 153 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 52 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 14,064 IU vitamin A; 48 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 264 mg sodium; 757 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (281% daily value), Vitamin C (80% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat

Reviews 1

January 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Inspect the Chinese spice ingredients before you make! I should have read ALL the ingredients in the Chinese 5 spice, because I HATE licorice ANYTHING and two of the spices taste like (you guessed it!) licorice. Despite the rather overwhelming licorice-ness wafting out of my oven and scaring me into thinking I may have to throw it all out, I still liked this overall, but next time I won't use the 5-spice. I think this is a good template recipe and I'll make this again using other spices, like fresh ginger and garlic and adding cinnamon, cardamon, cloves to taste. Pros: Squash and turnips toasted very well! Cons: I hate licorice.
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