Oct 21, 2010

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar




A perfect fall side dish for those chilly nights.

The farmer's market has many varieties of squash this time of year. Roasting it with a little butter, cinnamon and brown sugar is the easiest way to prepare it.

This recipe would also work for carnival squash and butternut squash. To eat, simply mash it all around in the shell and enjoy each bite.


Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 squash • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 142.4 • Fat: 2.7 g • Protein: 1.7 g • Carb: 34.5 g • Fiber: 3.3 g 
Sodium: 52.6 mg


Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed
  • 1 tbsp whipped butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (to taste)
  • dash of ground cinnamon

Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350°. Rub 1/2 tbsp light butter on each side. Top with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place in a baking dish and add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.





    49 comments :

    1. YUM! I love the photo of the empty cast :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    2. I bought some acorn squash yesterday and this was exactly the recipe I had in mind. I may also have to add some maple syrup. Can't wait.

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      1. I just bought an acorn squash today, can't wait to try it!

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    3. I LOVE acorn squash served up like this! So easy but so flavorful and delicious!

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    4. This screams fall! Maple is really nice with this too.

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    6. I have some acorn squash sitting on my counter now...
      another friday's favorite!

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    7. what do you recommend serving with this?

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    8. Yum! I *love* acorn squash! I love the orange skin color--my acorns are just green. Yours are so pretty :)

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    9. I love all baked squashes and pumpkins and am consistently in awe of how flavourful and sweet they are completely on their own. So, this would be a spectacular dish - like candy!
      YUm!
      Valerie

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    10. Yum, going to the farmers market tomorrow, love all the squashes but the family are not crazy about them :)

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    11. Loved this! Justed made it tonight for my husband and I as an after dinner snack. For those of you who use all natural/organic products I used "Earth Balance" soy free natural buttery spread. It was great!

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    12. I made this last night. It was DELICIOUS! Even my boyfriend who "hates all squash" like this. I do believe this just made it's way onto the Thanksgiving menu this year =)

      How do you think it would turn out if I cut the squash into rings and roasted it that way? Would you roast the rings in a single layer, or layer them up like a casserole? Thanks!

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    13. Thanks for always sharing your great recipes, Gina! You are a good person. This one looks DELICIOUS!
      Best regards,
      Gloria

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    14. Made this tonight for supper. It was so yummy. I will also use this for my butternut squash.

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    15. Kathleen - This is great with roasted chicken or turkey.

      Nikki- I would cut them into wedges, it may need less time to cook so check them sooner.

      Thanks Gloria!

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    16. My mouth is just watering right now.. :p

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    17. This was delicous! I will definelty make it again.

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    18. I made this last night, and it was SO, SO good! My husband and I both loved it and gave it a very enthusiastic I-would-totally-eat-this-again rating. :)

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    19. Wonderful!! Such a great fall side dish!

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    20. Whenever I roast squash, it's usually not for one meal and I just do it with a small amount of water in the pan (is that true roasting? I'm not sure). BUT! In trying to save my points for a special event tonight, I'm going to have a half squash with some pumpkin butter...I'm betting it will be lovely! :)

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    21. I tried this over the weekend and love it. I didn't have any of the light butter though. Acorn Squash is my new favorite vegetable.

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    22. I cooked this last night and it was YUMMY! My husband ate the other half and it was filling too! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this website.

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    23. Ali Shinnick11/11/10, 8:13 PM

      Just made this and I absolutely loved it! I used Land O Lakes light whipped butter. Delish! My 21 month old daughter ate about a quarter cup of it and then said, "More squash!" It's a contender for Thanksgiving dinner!

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    24. I made this a couple weeks ago and loved it! It was my first time having acorn squash and it was delicious! Did you pack your brown sugar? It seemed like mine had a lot more brown sugar than your picture shows and it ended up with a lot of liquid in it after it was cooked. It tasted wonderful though! My acorn squash are also a pretty green color, not orange like yours.

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    25. Oh by the way, how do you get your pictures to come out so beautiful? Do you have a studio? I have a nice camera, but my pictures are not as bright as yours.

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    26. No, I didn't pack to sugar. This was shot in my dining room! :)

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    27. I am not really sure why your carbs are so low? I put this into a recipe calculator and it said 34 carbs...which is no where near what this recipe says. I used acorn squash, light brown sugar, and the same butter.

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    28. Awesome!I am going to make these tonight with your Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots. We had the chicken piccata last night...it was delicious. Thanks for all your hard work!!

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    29. Thank you so much for a great recipe. I have made this dish several times!!

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    30. Wondering the same thing about your carb count...the recipe calculator I used says 37 carbs per serving (1/2 squash) for this!

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    31. I wonder if this is a typo, I will re-check that.

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    32. Made this tonight--delish! I didn't have cinnamon so used allspice and that was lovely. I love acorn squash, so healthy!

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    33. Yum!! Shared this on my blog today - momsecretweapon.com on my What's for Dinner this week!
      Keep up all the great meals. I plan my week around meals from your site!

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    34. can you eat the shell?

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    35. Hi Gina! i made this tonight but it tasted SO bitter

      what happend :(

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    36. I substituted Agave for the brown sugar, but other than that it was delicious. I made it with vegetable stuffed talapia (sole seems very hard to get right now) with dill butter and your skinny spinach and bacon (substituted soy bacon) stuffed mushrooms. What a fantastic, and healthy, dinner.
      Thanks for all your time and effort.

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    37. Hi All,
      Anyone try this with spray butter and brown sugar splenda? I know it's not all natural, but I like to keep WW points down! :)

      Thanks!

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    38. I quite often will use spray butter and splenda (regular or brown sugar)

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    39. I love acorn squash this way although I just wrap each half in aluminum foil instead of placing in a dish with water. Saves on space when your oven is crowded. I freeze any leftovers and use it in soups - the kids never know!

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    40. Best recipe ever, I used Splenda brown sugar both times to save some calories but haven't run the numbers to see change in points yet. I eat this as a side, I've used them as bowls and stuffed with odd leftovers like turkey chili...I love squash so I bake them ahead of time even to have the on hand since 50 minutes is pushing it most nites since I work late a lot and they still taste great nuked.

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    41. This was so easy and delicious! I served it with balsamic roasted chicken and peas. Definitely a new favorite!

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    42. what is the texture of roasted acorn squash like? It sounds delish, but i'm concerned i won't tolerate the texture.

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      1. Why not just try it and see? Acorn squash is not expensive.

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    43. This was delicious. I served it as a side to roasted chicken and your applesauce. Thanks for another winner!

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    44. slap a pork chop seasoned with salt & pepper on top, wrap in foil, and you have a tasty meal.

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    45. Can acorn squash be made up ahead of time and just re-heated? I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, and with the turkey in the oven, there's not going to be much extra room for anything else. So, I was thinking of baking it the day before. Has anyone done this before?

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      1. I've cooked them before in the microwave (cut side down in a pan with some water...if you google it you can find the correct time) and then I added the toppings after they were cooked. I usually put them in the oven to brown them up a little once the turkey comes out and I'm making the gravy. I've never actually roasted them the entire time in the oven so I don't know if there is a taste difference, but my guests have always liked my squash....even my brother's family who are very picky eaters!

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    46. Do I follow the same instructions with a butternut squash?

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