Ever feel like having dessert for dinner? Well this is your dish! And it’s a vegetable, so it’s healthy…right!? OK fine, maybe it was healthy before we added the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup. But this is a safe haven for all my butter lovers!
For those of you that do enjoy eating on the lighter side, I’ll include a healthier version of this recipe at the end of the post.
This is another great recipe for a busy fall or winter night, when your prep time is cut short. It just takes a few minutes to throw together before popping it in the oven.
CAUTION: If you are anything like me (a walking disaster), please be careful when cutting a squash in half! They can be extremely hard to cut through and they are round. We already know what happens when we aren’t careful cutting things that roll.
What You’ll Need:
- Acorn Squash
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- If preparing more than 1 (2 halves) Acorn Squash, it’s simply 1 tablespoon of each in one half: butter, brown sugar, maple syrup.
Preheat your oven to 400°. Begin by cutting your acorn squash in half lengthwise. You can balance the Acorn Squash on its ridges to prevent it from rolling (good luck!)
Phew – I hope all your fingers are in tact and without stitches! Now you’re going to clean out the seeds and strings with a spoon…
Go ahead place a tablespoon of butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup in each half of squash. Place them in a baking dish, ensuring they aren’t going to tip over. Pop them in the over for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Squash will be hot. Do you see that liquid? Well that’s a jacuzzi of butter and sugar; Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. You can either place each half into a bowl and eat it with a spoon directly out of the skin or you can remove all the squash and put it into a serving bowl (better for a dinner party). Don’t discard the jacuzzi of butter and sugar! You eat that with the squash, ya crazy! If you want to be healthy, just make the recipe below.
Honey & Cinnamon Acorn Squash (Healthier)
- Acorn Squash
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Stevia
Each half of squash will receive 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 tablespoon of stevia. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes in a 400° oven.
No matter which way you choose to make your squash, they are both undeniably sweet and a nice treat to have for dinner (or lunch!) As always, I hope you love it!