Butternut Squash with Wilted Spinach and Blue CheeseCourtesy of Whole Foods Market

With its beautiful colors and pleasing balance of textures and flavors, this dish is bound to become one of your most requested recipes. Serve it either as a first course or a side dish to a fall or winter meal.

( SERVES 4 )

 Ingredients

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 (5-ounce) package baby spinach
4 cups cubed and roasted butternut squash, warmed

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a sturdy knife, cut off the top of the butternut squash near the stem, then cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and membranes. Halve again, making four wedges. Place wedges skin side down in a large glass baking dish. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes or until tender. When squash is cool enough to handle, but still warm, remove from skin and cube.

While squash is cooling, use a fork to mash together blue cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl to make a thick smooth dressing. Season with salt and pepper; set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook, tossing often, until slightly wilted and warm, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer contents of skillet to bowl with dressing, add squash, salt and pepper and toss to combine.