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Roasted squash makes a delicious side dish for any meal.
With its slight kick, this chili-roasted squash might become your new favourite side dish.
1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the squash in half crosswise. Scoop out the seeds and pulp, discarding the pulp. Rinse the seeds and set aside to drain. Slice each squash half into 1/4"- to 1/2"-thick rounds.
2 In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the maple syrup, cumin, chipotle chili powder, paprika and salt. Add the squash and toss to thoroughly coat.
3 Arrange the squash in a single layer on a large baking sheet, overlapping the slices slightly if necessary. On a separate baking sheet, toss the squash seeds with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and a light sprinkle of salt.
4 Place the squash and seeds in the oven. Roast the squash, turning the slices halfway, until fork-tender, golden brown and caramelized, 20 to 25 minutes. Check on the seeds after 10 minutes and remove from the oven when golden brown.
5 Place the squash on a large serving dish. Sprinkle the toasted seeds, queso fresco and cilantro over the squash. This dish is best served warm.
Prep & cook time: 45 minutes
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Small space myth 4: Avoid patterns.
Much like the myth of sticking to one focal point, many of us are scared to use pattern in a room in fear that it will look too busy. The living space above uses seven different patterns and they all blend together to create a cohesive space. The key is to use a similar colourway -- each of the patterns either use a neutral or the coral colour used on the walls.
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Small space myth 5: Stick to one bold focal point.
Many designers advise that you choose one eye-catching piece when decorating for a small space to avoid an overwhelming look, but this isn't always the case. The dining room above incorporates a bright feather wreath with a gorgeous natural stone fireplace and a Floyd Paxton pendant light. Even though each is a showstopper in their own right, the mix of one bright colour with neutrals ensures they work seamlessly together.