Fall must be here, because I have been being enticed by winter squash, apples and sweet potatoes instead of zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes. Poking around the internet looking for inspiration on what to do with the current set of produce, I have come across a large number of recipes that call for maple syrup and thyme. This is not a combination I would have thought to put together, but it turns out to be quite good.
1 buttercup squash (acorn or butternut would probably work just as well)
2 apples (I used fuji)
1 large sweet onion
~1 lb chicken
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp dry thyme
Preheat the oven to 400. Dice squash, apples, onion and chicken and mix together in a 9x13 pan. Melt the butter and mix with the maple syrup, thyme and salt. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the vegetables and chicken, and toss to coat. Bake covered for 45 min, uncover, stir and bake for another 15 or so (until the chicken is cooked and the squash is soft.) I ate it with couscous, though it would also go well with cornbread or biscuits.