Holiday Cranberry Butternut Squash

Holiday Cranberry Butternut Squash

Eating well during the holidays is a very common stumbling block. I don’t know how many times I hear comments throughout the holiday season about eating too much, needing to detox, and wondering how to beat the bloat. It doesn’t have to be this way! Let’s stop the frankenfood holidays and turn to real food recipes that are full of holiday flavors without all the junk!  This Holiday Cranberry Butternut Squash recipe contains all of the warming spices and festiveness that we crave this time of year and is so easy to make! It also travels well and makes for a beautiful potluck dish!

Did you know that our bodies are continuously undergoing detoxification? The whole idea of “doing a detox or cleanse” is kind of silly from our livers’ perspective. It knows that detoxification is an ongoing process. In order for this process to work efficiently, our body requires plenty of quality rest, quality nutrients, quality hydration, and quality movement. Notice the emphasis on quality? 

We can support our livers and the ongoing detoxification process by not overloading its “toxic burden” at any one time. Everything in moderation! This may mean choosing one or two of the following to indulge in on one day, rather than all of them: 

  • Sacrificing a good night’s sleep for a fun holiday party
  • Eating the candied yams, the sugar cookies, and the slice of pie
  • More spiked eggnogs or glasses of mulled wine than filtered water
  • Cozying up on the couch all day watching football or Hallmark Christmas movies
Incorporating quality food choices, like this Holiday Cranberry Butternut Squash, will help to offset the toxic burden on your internal organs. If we support the body all winter long, there is no need to do an extreme cleanse or detox after the holidays have come and gone!

If you are looking for other festive real food recipes, check out my post on 5 Recipes to Celebrate Healthier Holidays!

If you enjoy this recipe, please check out some of my other real food recipes!

Holiday Cranberry Butternut Squash

(AIP*, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free)

Prep time: 20 minutes          Cook time: 1 hr 20 minutes

Serves: 4-6


*For AIP, omit the pecans and the nutmeg


  • I prefer to “marinate” all of the ingredients in a 1 gallon ziploc bag or large container with a lid. I like to do this overnight if possible, but it’s ok if you don’t have time. This method also allows the dish to travel well; prep at home, bake when you get there!
  • Cube the butternut squash (watch this quick video for how to easily peel and cube a butternut squash) and add to your marinating container
  • Cube the apple and add to the container
  • Add the cranberries and the roughly chopped pecans to the mix. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, you could substitute about 1/2-3/4 cup of dried cranberries.
  • Then add in the EVOO, maple syrup, and the spices and salt
  • Give your ziploc bag a shake, toss in the container, or mix well in a bowl. You want to make sure everything is evenly coated with the oil, syrup and spices. 
  • Allow to marinate in the fridge, if time allows
  • When you are ready to bake, heat the oven to 350F
  • Empty the ingredients into a 9″x13″ glass or ceramic baking dish
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I check on it after an hour and sometimes give it a good stir. It is done when the butternut squash cubes can easily be pierced with a fork.
  • Enjoy the taste of the holidays!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, I love hearing from you! Spread the Love and share this recipe with someone!

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is not intended as medical advice, or to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. Marcelle encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research, and in partnership with your doctor, licensed dietitian, or nutritionist. The information provided in this post and the entire contents of are based upon the opinions of Marcelle Phene and are for general educational purposes, and have not been reviewed nor approved by the FDA. You are solely responsible for your health care and activity choices.

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