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Roasted Winter Squash

Roasted Hokkaido Pumpkin 5-Grain Salad

Salad, SidesTove Balle-PedersenComment
Roasted Hokkaido Pumpkin 5-Grain Salad

Roasted Hokkaido Pumpkin 5-Grain Salad

This is a perfect side to your fall roasts. It's colorful, healthy and has great texture. Hokkaido pumpkin is a mild pumpkin, not overly sweet like other pumpkins and winter squashes. This makes it easy to season so that it goes well with many different cuisines. This time I seasoned it a little to the mild side, and it went perfect with our rotisserie chicken.


  • 1 medium Hokkaido pumpkin/red kuri squash
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon piment d'espelette
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) 5 grains (mix of spelt, barley, whole grain long rice, Kamut and oats berries)
  • 1 large handful Italian parsley, chopped
  • 15 g roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into filets
  • salt & pepper to taste 


Cook the grains according to package instructions. I cooked it in chicken stock. Drain and let sit to cool.

Preheat the oven to 400℉ (200℃). 

Peel the pumpkin, cut it into two halves and scoop out seeds. Cut the pumpkin into ¾-inch cubes. Coat pumpkin with olive oil, rosemary, piment d’espelette and salt. Bake the pumpkin in a large ovenproof dish in a single layer, for 30-40 minutes. Let the pumpkin cool before mixing.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, grains, parsley, orange filets and pumpkin seeds. Season the salad with salt and pepper. You can dress the salad with a lemony vinaigrette that you like.


Roasted Winter Squash

Dinner, Holiday, Sides, Thanksgiving, VegetablesTove Balle-PedersenComment
Roasted Winter Squash

Roasted Winter Squash

For years I heard about the hokkaido pumkin/squash from my Danish friends, but I have not been able to locale it here in California. Well, now I learned that is the same as the red kuri squash, and I found this in my local Whole Foods Market. 

I'm still on the quest to get my husband to love squash, so I had to find a way to make it, in a different way than I made other squash dishes. I actually thought that hokkaido/red kuri would be sweeter than it was, and sweet and mushy squashes will never persuade my husband, that winter squash is his thing. I really like winter squash, and I love having them as another option instead of potatoes. I like that squash is high in vitamin A, and has a good amount  (1.8g/100g) of dietary fiber. (Potatoes have 2.4g/100g.)

So I needed to season it with some bold flavors. I stumbled upon a recipe from the Danish blog "loisogbearnaisen," baking the squash with red onions and carrots. It looked so so good, and adapted my version from this.

Serves 2 


  • 1 small or ½ medium red kuri squash/hokkaido pumpkin

  • 1 red onion

  • 2 carrots

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1-1½ teaspoons salt

  • 1-2 sprigs rosemary

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 400°F (200℃). Halve the squash lengthwise, and scrape the seeds out. 
Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler and cut  into bite size cubes. Peel onion and carrots and cut them in bite sized chunks.

Place all the vegetables in an ovenproof baking dish. Toss with oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Sprinkle rosemary and pumpkin seeds.  Roast until just tender with some bite to them, about 30 minutes.

Serve with any kind of meat, or eat it alone for a nice healthy lunch.