Thanksgiving Sides: Brown Sugar Squash

It’s November, and you know what that means—Thanksgiving. But life can be a little busy and planning for a holiday can fall by the wayside in favor of work, family responsibilities and other challenges. So this month, we’ll feature four better-for-you Thanksgiving side dishes that will make planning (and cooking) easier.

First on the list, Brown Sugar Squash from Dinner at the Zoo. This recipe calls for delicata squash, but it would also work great with butternut, the choice is yours. 

PREP TIME: 10 minutes / COOK TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes



  • 2-3 lbs squash (about 2 averaged sized squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon or more to taste
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Halve the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the halves into ¾ inch thick slices.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour the olive oil mixture over the squash and toss to coat.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until squash is tender and starting to brown. Serve immediately.

This sweet and savory side is perfect for Thanksgiving and is as easy as it is refined, making it a perfect vegetable centerpiece for your holiday spread.