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18 Acorn Squash Recipes

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Acorn squash recipes - Dr. Axe

Autumn could be known as squash season. Between butternut squash and pumpkin everything (like this outstanding Pumpkin Spice Latte), ‘tis the season for gourds. One that doesn’t get as much attention is acorn squash.

While you can sometimes find it at other times of the year, acorn squash’s peak season is in the fall, from October through December, when you can find it at farmer’s markets and local groceries quite inexpensively. Choose ones that don’t have any marks or mold; acorn squash will keep for about a month or so in a cool, dry storage place. It’s why acorn squash recipes can be made whenever the urge for delicious, warming nutrition strikes — like butternut squash recipes.

I happen to think that acorn squash’s funny size and shape is what keeps people away from it. That and when you feel the squash, it’s hard to imagine taking a bite out of it. But once you start preparing acorn squash, you’ll love its sweet, slightly nutty taste. The trick is to cook it the right way.


How to Cook Acorn Squash

Cooking acorn squash is easy. Start with a chef’s or another strong knife and slice underneath the stem until there’s no more resistance. Then keep cutting the whole way through until you’ve reached the other side of the stem. Forget trying to cut through the stem – it’s tough! Instead, grab the two acorn squash halves and pull until they’re separated.

Next, remove the seeds from the acorn squash; you can roast them later and enjoy as a snack. Drizzle the squash with olive oil and salt and pepper and place cut-side down in a baking dish, with about ¼ cup of water on the bottom of the pan – this will keep the squash from drying out. Cover the pan and roast the squash at 350 F for 50 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes.

That’s a basic way to prepare acorn squash. You can add a pat of butter and brown sugar for a sweeter version or your favorite spices. Or you can check out the 18 delicious acorn squash recipes below!


Acorn Squash Nutrition

Acorn squash can be enjoyed guilt-free. Just 1 cup offers 37 percent of your recommended vitamin C intake, along with 36 percent fiber. Acorn squash is also rich in potassium, manganese and magnesium.

One cup of acorn squash offers:

115 calories
29.9 grams carbohydrates
2.3 grams protein
0.3 gram fat
9 grams fiber
22.1 milligrams vitamin C (37 percent DV)
896 milligrams potassium (26 percent DV)
0.5 milligram manganese (25 percent DV)
0.3 milligram thiamin (23 percent DV)
88.2 milligrams magnesium (22 percent DV)
0.4 milligram vitamin B6 (20 percent DV)
877 IU vitamin A (18 percent DV)

 

Acorn squash nutrition - Dr. Axe

 


18 Acorn Squash Recipes

1. Acorn Squash with Apples and Walnut-Oat Crumble

While acorn squash is considered an autumn vegetable, this dessert recipe can be eaten both hot and cold so you can enjoy it no matter the season. Similar to an apple crumble, walnuts, cranberries and gluten-free oats add in extra flavor. This recipe calls for brown sugar and butter, so it’s definitely a treat; opt for coconut sugar and whole grain or gluten-free flour.

Acorn Squash with Apples and Walnut-Oat Crumble
Photo: Let the Baking Begin

2. Acorn Squash Bread

When in doubt about what to do with a squash, just bake it! This easy-to-make bread is full of fall flavors like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and is made extra tasty by adding in your favorite nut, like pecans or hazelnuts. If there are picky eaters in the family who need an extra dose of veggies, this should help — just reduce the sugar to about half a cup and use coconut sugar instead.


3. Acorn Squash Custard

This six-ingredient acorn squash recipe is a deliciously healthy option that’s free of gluten, grains and refined sugar. There’s even an option to make it without egg whites, making it vegan-friendly as well. With just 5 minutes of prep and an hour in the oven, you can whip it up tonight.


4. Acorn Squash Hummus

Creamy hummus is already delicious, but adding acorn squash makes it even better, adding a natural sweetness. After roasting the squash in the oven, add it to a blender or food processor along with protein-rich chickpeas, olive oil, seasonings, garlic and lemon juice. This hummus is perfect for dipping veggies in or spreading on sandwiches.

Acorn Squash Hummus
Photo: Stacy Homemaker

5. Apple, Mushroom and Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

What sets this stuffed acorn squash recipe is all the fresh herbs – they make a huge difference here! While the squash roasts in the oven, you’ll cook up the veggies, apple and sausage (choose turkey or chicken). Scoop out the squash flesh and mix it up with the fixings, then stuff the squash halves with the filling. Top with cheese and bake. It doesn’t get better than this!


6. Breakfast-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Proving acorn squash isn’t just for dinner, this recipe is stuffed with onions and turkey sausage (and whatever else you’d like to add). But the best is cracking an egg into each side of the acorn squash and baking until the eggs are cooked. You can prepare a few of these over the weekend and reheat throughout the week for an easy, healthy breakfast.


7. Caprese-Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is comfort food at its finest. In this acorn squash recipe, you’ll start by roasting the vegetable in a delicious marinade of coconut oil, brown sugar or raw honey and cinnamon, so the squash caramelizes. Next, you’ll fill it with yummy caprese ingredients, like mozzarella, tomatoes basil and farro. You can easily customize to your liking, too: add spinach, drizzle with balsamic syrup or add in some ground beef.

Caprese-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Photo: Wry Toast

8. Chipotle Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you need a different way to serve quinoa, you’ll want to try this recipe. It comes together quickly, especially if you use leftover chicken. With just a handful of ingredients including superfood kale, this will become a dinnertime favorite.


9. Coconut Acorn Squash Curry

This warm and hearty curry is naturally vegan and Paleo. Its creamy thanks to full-fat coconut milk, but also loaded with spices that taste good and are great for you, like ginger and turmeric. Serve this over rice or cauliflower rice to soak up that delicious sauce.

Coconut Acorn Squash Curry
Photo: The Endless Meal

10. Crockpot Black Bean Acorn Squash Chili

Give your usual chili recipe a makeover with this acorn squash recipe. It’s vegetarian and full of protein and fiber, courtesy of the black beans. Tomatoes, carrots, onions and garlic round out the ingredients list; just add them to the crockpot and let it work its magic!


11. Egg-in-the-Hole

When you need to create an impressive breakfast or brunch dish, you can’t go wrong with this one. You’ll start by roasting the squash until just fork tender at a high heat. You’ll crack an egg into each squash half and then bake again, this time at a lower heat. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and cooked bacon bits (turkey or beef) and serve. It looks super impressive but is quite easy to make. Serve with whole-grain or gluten-free toast, avocado slices and coffee.


12. Greek Stuffed Acorn Squash

You haven’t had an acorn squash like this before. It’s stuffed with ingredients not normally associated with squash, like your choice of greens, white beans, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. This combination creates a decidedly Greek feel that’s still familiar enough for picky eaters. I love that it’s vegetarian and filling enough to stand as a full meal or as a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Greek Stuffed Acorn Squash
Photo: Some the Wiser

13. Lasagna-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Enjoy the best parts of lasagne – the delicious meat and cheese – without all the pasta with this acorn squash recipe. After roasting the squash, you’ll load it with onions, ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese, and then bake until bubbly. The result is the easiest, gluten-free lasagne you’ve had!


14. Maple-Dijon Roast Chicken with Acorn Squash + Carrots

You’re not going to believe how just a few ingredients can make such a delicious dinner in this one-pan dish. Start by whisking together maple syrup, Dijon mustard and paprika, then spreading it all over chicken thighs, sliced acorn squash, carrots and onions. Stick it all in the oven for 40 minutes and there you have it. The maple and Dijon combination makes a sweet sauce that’s got just the right amount of tang.


15. Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

This spiced squash and sweet potato soup is perfect for when you suffer from pumpkin overload. When puréed alongside coconut milk, garam masala and ginger, acorn squash transforms into a cozy, filling soup that’s excellent during cooler weather.

Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
Photo: A Beautiful Plate

16. Roasted Acorn Squash with Ricotta & Honey

Ricotta is delicious in most things, and serving it in this acorn squash recipe is no exception. Served with a drizzle of raw honey and fresh nutmeg, this is a side dish that will garner main dish attention.


17. Roasted Garlic Acorn-Parmesan Squash

In the mood for a new snack to curb your salty cravings? Sliced acorn squash tossed with olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and fresh-ground pepper is the answer. With no fancy ingredients required, add this to your late-night healthy snacking menu.


18. Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

The tastes of Thanksgiving and autumn without all the hard work are in this acorn squash recipe. It’s packed with ground turkey, dried cranberries, onions, apples and other goodies. It’s super simple to make, too. While the squash roasts, you’ll prepare the meat filling on the stove. When the squash is tender, it gets stuffed and baked again. If you’re having a small Thanksgiving dinner, making these for each guest is a smart option.

Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Photo: Innocent Delight

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