Acorn squash makes a perfect baked vegan side for weeknight dinner and especially during the holidays. Our simple pomegranate and orange glaze takes this from a weeknight side to a holiday star.
Acorn squash is a winter squash that belongs to the same family as butternut squash, pumpkin and zucchini and has a sweet nutty flavor.
It’s low in calories and packed with various nutrients, especially vitamin C.
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They come in three colors orange, dark green and buff.
The buff variety has the most concentrated flavor. Choose a rock solid squash.
Choose squash with a matte skin versus shiny.
Do not purchase squash with soft spots or bruises.
The skin on an acorn squash is too tough to eat. Make sure to cut off a thing slice off bottom to flatten so that it’s secure when cutting and that you have a firm grip.
You’ll need a little muscle behind the first cut.
Cutting an acorn squash might seem really difficult because of their amazingly tough skin. But you can either microwave it for 3 minutes or warm in an oven on 350° for 30 minutes to soften the skin.
Let it cool then cut across the stem end so that it's flat then cut down the body of the squash making 8 to 10 slices (like orange slices)
Oil squash slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper then bake between 45 to 60 minutes at 375°
Plant Based Folk has a wonderful high protein gluten-free Quinoa Tabouli salad that would go perfectly with the acorn squash
How To Roast Acorn Squash
- 1 Acorn Squash
- Salt and Pepper - to taste
- Olive oil
Orange Pomegranate glaze (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon Water
- 2 Oranges -juiced
- ½ Pomegranate seeds
- 2 tablespoon Maple syrup
- Slice or cube squash
- Cover with extra virgin olive oil
- Add salt and pepper
- Roast in oven for 45 to 60 minutes at 375°
Orange Pomegranate glaze
- In a small measuring cup add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water and whisk together.
- Set aside.
- In a sauce pan add juice of two oranges, pomegranate seeds and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
- After one minute stir in the cornstarch water mixture.
- Stir until thicken on low-medium heat.
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