New Year's Day cooking

I'm having some friends over this afternoon, so I cooked up my black-eyed pea stew for good luck, and some squash/apple bake. I experimented with the squash apple bake, unfortunately. I added a large beet. I don't like it as much! The beet is too crunchy and takes away from the subtle flavor of the squash. Oh well...maybe I'll make a salad in case they don't like the beet/squash dish. Salad is good for you too. At least the pea stew is great!