Acorn squash baked to perfection is a very simple and nutritious side dish.
Baked acorn squash is a very simple and nutritious side dish. In my opinion, winter squashes taste very sweet and even a bit bland and require flavoring to enhance the taste. This recipe gives you a good idea on how to do it. Please feel free to try your favorite spice combinations and dressing. I would highly recommend trying there sauces Punchy mustard sauce or Tangy tomato sauce.
Health Benefits Of Acorn Squash
- Acorn squash, like other winter squashes, is a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. It’s certainly a healthy source of carbohydrates for people with healthy metabolism. However, if you have blood sugar issues, I would encourage you to eat wither squashes in moderation. You might even consider testing your personal blood sugar response to this vegetable using a glucometer rather than guessing. Here is the brand of glucometer that I recommend using.
- It is loaded with beta-carotenes, which are powerful antioxidants, cancer fighters and a precursor to vitamin A.
- It also provides a generous amount of vitamin C and B2.
- High potassium and magnesium content and low sodium make this vegetable a perfect fit for people with high blood pressure.
Baked Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Then slice the squash lengthwise into ½ inch thick pieces.
- In a big bowl whisk together the oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Add the squash to the bowl and mix so that all the pieces are coated with the dressing mixture.
- Transfer onto a baking tray or shallow bowl and cook in the oven for about 45 minutes until tender.
- Cut or scrape the flesh of the squash off the skin before eating.