If you don’t know what an Acorn squash looks like; just imagine what the offspring of a pumpkin and Acorn would be, except green with streaks of orange. Not a lot of people cook these, or use them–or know what they are; they can be intimidating in the grocery store. I happen to think they’re one of the best winter vegetables and so durable. They last for a few days in the refrigerator (After being baked) and they make an excellent soup if you have any left over (see below).
Acorn squash is fat free and full of fiber, calcium and potassium. They have virtually no cholesterol and barely any (natural) sodium. They have anti-oxidants and are a good choice for an anti-inflammatory option. There is not a lot of sugar in the Acorn Squash, which makes it kind of bland without toppings such as salt and pepper etc. Also, the seeds inside the squash can be scooped out and made like pumpkin seeds for a snack. The skin is full of nutrients, but not a lot of people eat it. If you’re on a no-starch diet, or no carb diet, be warned that these are abundant in squash.
I made this side-dish with a turkey Meatloaf (recipe coming). The left-overs were also used– cold– in a salad. You can cut them any way you want, but I quartered mine. Some people will half the squash and stuff them. You can also sprinkle them with flavors other than what I used. Curry flavors and other strong spices would be a good option.
Ingredients:Serves 4-6+, Time: aprox 40 min
- 2 Acorn squash
- Aprox. 2 Tsp Olive oil (for brushing over the squash)
- Aprox 1 Tsp Nutmeg (for sprinkling over the squash)
- 1 Tsp Garlic Salt (optional)
You will need:
- A Big Strong knife (it’s hard to cut through when it’s uncooked)
- A baking sheet (lined with aluminum foil to make clean-up easier)
- *If you want to bake the seeds after, you’ll need a spoon to scoop and a bowl of water to let them soak in overnight (recipe coming)*
- Preheat oven to 300-350
- Microwave the squash/es for about 40 sec to 1 min to soften the squash making it easier to cut.
- Cut them in half lengthways and scoop out the insides *put innards into your bowl of water– if baking the seeds*
- Brush/rub with olive oil
- Turn them face down on the baking sheet and put them in the oven– this will help them steam themselves.
- After about 15-20 min, check them and see if they’re soft enough to slice one more time (making it quartered).
- Flip them on their back and sprinkle with the S&P, Garlic salt and/ nutmeg (or your choice of flavor)
- Bake another 20 min. At this point, you can broil them if you like, it will crisp them up–but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. You can tell they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a fork and the fork will slide out easily too.
- Serve warm and with the skin. You can eat the skin, but I normally peel the skin off .
If you want them made into a soup follow the same steps, or use your left-overs. Remove the skin, bring to a boil with some chicken/beef stock and blend until smooth. You can add any other vegetables to this if you like.
Don’t forget to sprinkle with love.
Recipes to come: Baked Acorn Squash seeds & Turkey Meatloaf (packed full of veggies)