This easy 30 minutes side dish is a perfect sidekick to any meal! Garlic parmesan crusted delicata squash is super fast, and there is hardly any prep required!

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

What is the dish count for this Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash?

1 sheet pan

1 cutting board

1 zip top plastic bag

On Wednesday this week, we open up the first five gates at the project I have been working on. It’s been a long time coming and it has been all hands on deck since new year. It’s exhilarating, nerve wracking, and every emotion in between. My resolution for getting more activity into my day has been a raging success, with last week getting 15,000 steps in on Friday.

It made up for the birthday lunch I had with my friend Kabri, when I had to hit up the sweet potato fries at the restaurant because the aioli they serve them with is just bananas.

And the dessert I got to celebrate. She got the vegan chocolate mousse which was to DIE FOR. I had dessert envy.

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

But it also got me thinking about something I saw on the internet, that said “That 5 to 10 pounds you’re so worried about? Well, that is where life is. That is the coffee you had with a friend. It’s the birthday cake you had to celebrate a loved one. It’s where your memories are made.” And I had to stop and think about it. It was me. I’m still a few pounds over my pre-baby weight. But I eat healthy most days, but I know I never turn down piece of chocolate.

Coffee with my friends from work is important to me, not just because of the caffeine, but because it’s 20 minutes of connection. We talk work, life, love, challenges, and strategize our days, but it is a piece of my day that gives us a chance to be human, be friends and pause in the chaos of everything else. It’s not just the coffee, it’s life.

So for a new year, eat the healthy veggies. But don’t forget to live life. Don’t forget to savor it however you see fit. Don’t beat yourself up about the treats, the smiles and the time with others, just for the sake of 5 or 10 pounds. Be your best self, but know that you’re perfect. Just as you are.

Ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

  • Delicata Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Panko Crumbs
  • Parsley
Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

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Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

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  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This easy 30 minutes side dish is a perfect sidekick to any meal! Garlic parmesan crusted delicata squash is super fast, and there is hardly any prep required!


Units Scale
  • 1 Large Delicata Squash, halved, seeded and sliced into 3/4″ wide strips.
  • 34 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Panko Crumbs
  • Parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a gallon zip lock back, add in the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and pepper flakes. Mush that around to mix it evenly. Add in the squash. Seal the bag and gently toss the squash to coat it all in oil.
  3. Open the bag and add in the panko crumbs and parmesan. Seal the bag and mix it all together again gently to coat the squash.
  4. Lay out the squash on a silicone lined baking sheet. Sprinkle any of the panko and parmesan that might have gotten left behind in the bag, on top of the squash.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Serve immediately with parsley sprinkled on top.