Awesome Acorn Squash

Acorn squash may be an autumn produce item, but if you store it properly, you can enjoy it all year long! This beautiful produce item is so fun to use in the kitchen due to its versatility, gorgeous colors, and multiple flavor combinations. In this recipe, we added the spice Garam Masala, which adds an exotic flavor profile to an already tasty food item. If you can’t find Garam Masala you can use: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon, cardamom and 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Nutrient Booster: Squash

Not only is squash a beautiful food, but it’s highly nutritious thanks to a rich amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, potassium, and folate!  Vitamin A is important for eyesight, the production and activity of white blood cells, and regulating cell growth, but a diet supplemented with excess vitamin A (over 3,500 micrograms per day) could lead to increased risks of hip fractures or some birth defects (1). The recommended dose of 3,000 micrograms per day is considered safe, and can be obtained through foods rich in vitamin A, such as squash, sweet potato, carrots, kale, and red bell peppers. So go ahead and enjoy this delicious squash recipe–it’s perfect for a savory dessert or a pre-dinner treat.

Garam Masala Glazed Acorn Squash

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 acorn squash, cut into 1" horizontal slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375⁰ F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. In a small bowl combine coconut oil, and garam masala. Set aside.

  3. Place squash slices on baking tray. Using a basting brush, evenly coat the squash with the coconut oil mixture. Bake for 30 minutes until soft.

Recipe Notes

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories: 205 calories, Fat: 14 grams, Saturated fat: 12 grams, Carbohydrates: 23 grams, Sugar: 0 grams, Sodium: 7.5 grams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 2 grams,Cholesterol: 0 grams

(1) Vitamin A. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/

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