Spiced Delicata Squash with Amaranth and Garlic Yogurt

Close-up photograph of roasted delicata squash on top of yogurt sauce and topped with leaves of cilantro.

On the site, I try to balance quick recipes you can make for
dinner and recipes that maybe push you a little more to explore
different techniques or ingredients. I have to say, this squash
dish is one of the favorites I’ve made in a long time.

Everything just comes together in a delightful way. However,
it’s a bit involved, primarily from the amaranth. Make it as is
or take some inspiration from this recipe- either way you can end
up with something delicious.

Spiced Delicata or bust

I think my favorite thing about fall cooking is the wealth of
squash that come to play. Sure, there’s the staple butternut and
acorn but once you start venturing out, those squash are just a
number in a line of amazing varieties. Red Kuri! Blue Hubbard!
Kabocha! Each one with different flavors, consistencies, and

It might be obvious why I chose delicata for this recipe: no
peeling and it’s beautiful in it’s ring form. However, as I
recently discovered on a trip to the midwest: it’s not always
available. So, if you can’t find it, use cubed butternut squash
or sweet potato instead.

Amaranth: not just for porridge

I find most people avoid amaranth because this little
pseudo-grain does not cook like any other. It makes a wonderful
porridge but the second you want to do anything else, things start
to get murky. Amaranth contains higher amounts of amylopectin (a
main component of starch). This creates the gelatinous texture that
helps amaranth be great porridge.

The solution, while not the most elegant, helps amaranth be a
wonderful component in salads and this squash dish. Simply put the
cooked amaranth in a nutmilk bag and rinse. This removes most of
the creamy textures and leaves you with something usable across
numerous dishes.

Other spice blends to try

In terms of spice blends, the adobo
is one I’ve turned to for years. It’s a bit sweet,
a bit smokey. However, it requires you to have a few different
spices on hand. If you’re not ready to invest in that, try a
spice blend you might already have such as curry or
(just watch the spiciness of the blend!)

Photograph of a low grey bowl filled with roasted delicata squash and yogurt on a cream textured surface.

Peanut Alternatives

In terms of peanut swaps, my next go-to would be toasted
pepitas. You could also use toasted sunflower seeds. I’d stay
away from pecans or walnuts- I think the flavor would be a bit too
much with the seasoning.

Make this vegan

Finally, take this vegan with a simple swap of yogurt for your
favorite nut-cream sauce or even vegan yogurt (I’d stay away from
coconut). Use this cashew cream
with the garlic and lime.

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Close-up photo of roasted delicata squash tossed with cooked amaranth.

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