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Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash

Fall flavors shine in my Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash!

Sauteed Kale and Butternut squash, topped with pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds! The perfect fall side dish/ Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

I spent yesterday running errands and getting some house stuff wrapped up before my first guest arrived last night.  It’s amazing how busy the holiday rush can make you.  My goal this season is to embrace the rush, but not to let it stress me out.  It is inevitable that this time will be busy, but I don’t want to be so busy that I find everything to be a chore and enjoy nothing.  I know some of you must feel the same way?

On that note, I’ve got one last unique fall/Thanksgiving recipe today!  It’s a simple Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash.

Sauteed Kale and Butternut squash, topped with pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds! The perfect fall side dish/ Running in a Skirt

I think it’s special because of the flavors.  It has maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and a touch of red pepper flakes to bring out the taste.

Sauteed Kale and Butternut squash, topped with pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds! The perfect fall side dish/ Running in a Skirt

The recipe is also nutrition powerhouse.  Butternut squash is packed with vitamin A and the kale is basically the superfood of the decade.

So to balance out your Thanksgiving make this to go along with my Mom’s sweet potatoes!  You’ll be glad you did!

Best of luck with the holiday chaos friends.

Sauteed Kale and Butternut squash, topped with pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds! The perfect fall side dish/ Running in a Skirt

Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash

Julie Wunder
Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash is the perfect side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch red pepper
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, divided


  • In a large non-stick pot over medium heat add the olive oil and butternut squash. Season with half the salt and pepper.
  • Allow squash to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You'll want to allow it to brown a touch on the sides. Once tender push to the side.
  • Add the kale to the center. Top with the broth and lemon. Allow to wilt.
  • Add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, red pepper and the rest of the salt and pepper. Stir everything together and allow to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the kale is tender.
  • Remove from heat and stir in half the pumpkin seeds and top the dish with the remainder.


Follow instructions in my
Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easily and safely cut up the squash!
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I’m sharing some unique ways I am thankful this Thanksgiving.

Your turn!

What fall food are you loving this year?

Are you already busy for the holiday season?

By | 2018-06-28T14:16:30-04:00 November 24th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Side Dishes|38 Comments


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  3. Miz Helen December 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

    • JulieWunder December 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Miz Helen! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Rachel November 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I love butternut squash! Too bad my kids don’t. This looks really tasty!

  5. Jess @hellotofit November 27, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Embracing the rush sounds like a solid plan ๐Ÿ™‚
    This looks awesome! Love the deep green and orange colors.

  6. Cailee November 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    YUM! This looks amazing!! I really need to make butternut squash! It’s so festive and seasonal, healthy and delicious! My fave! looks like a great dish! Thanks for sharing and I hope that you had a happy Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JulieWunder November 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cailee! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too!

  7. Sam @ PancakeWarriors November 25, 2015 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Yum sauteed kale is seriously so delish. I love kale salad but sometimes you just want HOT food!! And yes all the butternut squash ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a great recipe!

  8. GiGi Eats November 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    You seriously whipped this up for me!!! I ADORE THIS COMBO!

    • JulieWunder November 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gigi! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  9. [email protected] November 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful recipe, Julie! I’m with you…let’s not get stressed out and enjoy the moments during the holidays!

  10. Gingi November 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    These are two items that are HOT at our Farmers Market! I have to try this recipe! <3

  11. Farrah November 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I haven’t had Butternut Squash yet this year! :O I’m gonna have to do that when I gather with my friends for kitchen experiments next month! <3

  12. [email protected] November 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of this dish!! It is perfect for a no-stress and healthy side dish! Yum!

  13. Denise @ Healthy Family Media November 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Sounds so delicious, Julie! I also love adding a few red pepper flakes to my veggie recipes for extra flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction November 24, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Any dish with butternut squash disappears in a hurry around here! Love the bit of heat from the red pepper flakes!

    • JulieWunder November 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessica! It goes quick in my house too! Happy Thanksgiving week.

  15. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass November 24, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Gorgeous and nutritious recipe, Julie. And so simple. I’m so going to embrace the rush instead of trying to swim upstream against it. My brother had a very serious accident in September ,is still in a wheelchair. But we are so thankful he is still with us. Life is short, and we are embracing each precious moment of the upcoming holidays, all too aware of what might have been.

    • JulieWunder November 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      So true. Sometimes it takes something happen like that to jerk your priorities back. I’m so glad you Brother is improving– lots to be thankful for this year.

  16. Annmarie November 24, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Oh yum! That looks delicious! Love kale and squash <3

  17. Mandi Korn November 24, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, this looks yummy and super healthy. Have fun with your guests this week:o)

  18. I like the maple syrup in there yum!

    • JulieWunder November 24, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Thanks! It makes it even more fall-y ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 24, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Now see, I would totally love this and would serve this with Thanksgiving as a green/veggie side, but noooooo the others don’t like kale. Guess I’ll just have to make it for myself!

  20. Blane Sherer November 24, 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

    The Holiday Season can certainly be stressful.
    I trust that you will be able to manage it OK and
    I am looking forward to your sharing it with us.

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