Spicy roasted butternut squash, sautéed onions, mashed avocado, and Portobello mushrooms on a toasted pita with a chipotle yogurt sauce. Perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner!
With today being the second day of fall, I’ve been inspired to make foods with all types of squashes, gourds, and pumpkin flavors.
They’re finally in season, and can easily be prepared so many different ways! Butternut squashes are really hard to handle when they’re not cooked. I’ve come close to losing a finger trying to cut one, and I’ll share an easy tip to handle them later on!
I used some of my favorite ingredients for these pitas. Don’t sautéed mushrooms and onions go with everything though, really? I’d say so, and the same goes for an avocado spread. You could put mashed avocados on pretty much anything, and I’d probably try it, I’m just saying.
Don’t even ask Travis, as soon as he saw that I was making his favorite Avocado Chipotle Sauce, he was over the moon excited! These butternut squash pitas are packed with fall flavors, and are creamy, sweet, and spicy all in the same bite.
Roast The Whole Butternut Squash
Are you ready for the easy tip? Roast the whole squash first, to soften it up!
Yes, really. The. Whole. Squash.
Don’t pierce it, poke it, or slice it. Just put it on a tray, and pop it in the oven for 25 minutes. After the 25 minutes, remove it from the oven, let it cool and then peel the skin off, remove the seeds, and slice it into chunks. Roast again, until the chunk start to brown and get crispy on the ends.
You can check out the original recipe for these butternut squash chunks here, from Cinammon-Spice and Everything Nice. I love these and make them all the time as a side dish, but I wanted to really kick them up a notch today, since they’re the stars of my pitas. The original recipe inspired me to use similar flavors plus a seasoning you wouldn’t expect…..Garam Masala! It’s an indian spice traditionally used in curries, it brings a flavor and warmth to the squash that pairs perfectly with it’s natural sweetness.
These butternut squash pitas were easy to prepare, and so good that we had them for lunch and dinner! If Travis wasn’t waiting for lunch, I probably would’ve just eaten the whole tray of roasted squash myself!
It smells so good when it’s roasting. The spicy squash, creamy avocado, sautéed mushrooms and onions, make the best pita toppings! Cover it in Avocado Chipotle Sauce, and you have a flavor explosion in your mouth!
- 1 2 lb Butternut Squash
- 4 T Olive oil, divided
- ¼ t Paprika
- ⅛ t Cayenne pepper
- ¼ t Garam masala
- ¼ t Cumin
- Sea salt & pepper
- 1 Avocado, mashed
- 1 Large yellow onion. sliced
- ½ lb Mushrooms, sliced
- 5 Pitas
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, roast the whole squash on a tray for 25 minutes, remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
- While the squash is roasting, sauté your onions and mushrooms in a large pan, in 2 T olive oil over medium heat. Set aside.
- Peel the skin off the squash, remove the seeds, and cut it into 1 inch cubes. Lay the chunks on a parchment lined tray, drizzle 2 T olive oil over the top, toss with your hands to coat each side. Add all your spices to a small bowl, mix it up and sprinkle enough to coat the squash. Season well with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
- Mash an avocado, and spread it over your lightly toasted pitas. Add the butternut squash chunks, mushrooms and onions. Drizzle the chipotle sauce over the top.
Here is the recipe for the Avocado Chipotle Sauce, you need this sauce for the butternut squash pitas, don’t skip it! It’s so easy to make, just throw it all in the blender, and it’s ready to eat. I use my NutriBullet to make the sauce, because it blends at such a high speed, the sauce is super smooth and creamy in less than 30 seconds!
I use greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream = so you can really slather it on and not feel the tiniest ounce of guilt! ?
They can get a little messy with all the sauce, so if you feel like eating it like a taco, go for it! The messier the better! Usually, Travis ends up with sauce all over his face and hands, he really gets into it.
What are your favorite fall inspired meals? Let me know in the comments!
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