Acorn squash can be prepared quickly and easily as a side dish and can also be combined with other ingredients to turn it into the main meal. Acorn Squash with Apricot Glaze is a tasty side, while Pork-Stuffed Acorn Squash is a hearty main dish.See Popular Acorn Squash Recipes
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Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN
It's that time of the year again when the whole family piles into the car and we head out to the pumpkin patch for hay rides, obligatory fall photos and over-priced apple cider. It's a racket, but I tell myself I'm making memories and try not to think about the fact that I'm paying $8 to have my kid's face painted. When we were heading out I let each kid pick a pumpkin and I picked up a few acorn squash for dinner. We were standing at the check out counter spending my last $10 when my 5 1/2 year old spotted a pumpkin carving kit. (Apparently even farm stands know about product placement.)
My mom and I have a weekly tradition of going to the downtown farmers' market together nearly every Saturday morning in the summer and fall. We stroll along the bustling street, coffees in hand, savoring local breads and cheeses. And while bright summer produce is enough to get any foodie's heart aflutter, what really gets me excited is when the temperatures begin to drop, the leaves begin to change, and fall produce starts making an appearance!
Even people who don't usually like squash have a soft spot for the acorn squash. The ribbed, dark-green skin of this winter squash hides a bright orange interior that is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol but packed with nutrition, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, thiamin and magnesium. It's also high in fiber. There are a variety of opinions about how to cook acorn squash. Some people like the old-fashioned method of slicing the squash in half, removing the seeds, filling the cavity with brown sugar and butter and baking it cut-side up. Others like to drizzle honey or maple syrup in the cavity after brushing the squash with melted butter.
You can swap any fall veggieBrussels sprouts, turnips, or cabbageinto this warm salad. Just make sure you cut everything to about the same size for even roasting. Don't skip the celery leaves: they may seem delicate, but they pack a lot of flavor.
When cooking for two this pork stuffed acorn squash is the perfect recipe. This fall favorite will make you warm and cozy like a comfort food but has all the health benefits of lean meat and hearty squash.
Parmesan and bacon give richness to the squash and spinach filling in this stunning side dish.
As you head to the farmers market this month, you'll probably start to see more butternut, acorn, and other "winter" squash, so named because it stores well through the winter, providing fresh vegetables during the cold season when not much else is growing. Although squash comes in a dazzling variety of sizes, colors, and shapes, most winter varieties have similar nutrient profiles. And what a well-rounded profile it is -- plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the orange flesh, plus fiber, protein, and healthy fats in the seeds.
Serve this savory appetizer in the fall when acorn squash is abundant. Excellent for holiday entertaining.
Bisquick Heart Smart® recipe! Do you fall for meals that have meat, veggie and fruit cooked in one pan? This all-in-one meal boasts irresistible apples and cinnamon.
Velvety cream soups made with winter squash are delicious starters for autumn and winter meals. This one is flavored with garlic and maple syrup.
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Sweet fruit and hearty nuts form the filling for this stuffed squash side dish. Serve it up alongside roasted chicken, shrimp, or even peas for a meal the whole family will love.
Choose acorn squash on the small side; they'll be more tender and cook more quickly than large ones.
You might be surprised to find brown sugar, ginger and a cinnamon stick in a soup, but just try it and you'll see how these ingredients bring out the mellow flavors of the squash and onions to make this delightful sweet and savory soup.