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Holiday recipes: Roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts with pecans and cranberries

Join Palo Alto College for free virtual holiday workshops



As we inch closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, people are looking for new ways to incorporate healthy foods into their menus.

AARP is partnering with Palo Alto College for several free, virtual workshops focused on healthy and active lifestyles.

The first workshop is called "The 6 Essential Nutrients and How they Affect the Body,” and it’s set for Friday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In this session, you can learn about carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water—and how to incorporate each into your diet, followed by a demonstration of roasted brussels sprouts and roasted butternut squash.

If you’re free on Friday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., bring the grandkids for the “Holiday Game Day” session. Join Palo Alto College and AARP for traditional games such as bingo, a scavenger hunt and many more, all with a holiday twist. At 11:30 a.m., there’s even a gingerbread house event.


Roasted brussels sprouts

3 cups brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

Roasted butternut squash with pecans and cranberries

1 1/2 pounds of butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (yields about 4 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons maple syrup

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups pecan halves

1 cup dried cranberries

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)


AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, says it’s dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. The group works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families, such as health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

To register for the virtual workshops, click here or call 877-926-8300.