Roasted Acorn Squash

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One of my absolute favorite foods is squash.  I love it in all forms.  You just can’t beat a good acorn, butternut or spaghetti squash.  Knowing it’s summer and that yellow squash will be available in abundance I tend to lean toward squash of the fall or winter variety.  There are a ton of health benefits to squash, a simple Google search will tell you all you need to know.  I usually always prepare my squash in the oven.  For me, roasting is the best method.

Acorn squash is fantastic, do you know why?  It creates it’s on little bowl that you can stuff with almost anything you like.  One of my favorite things to put inside is peanut or almond butter.  Today’s specific squash was stuffed with Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter.  I plan on making a couscous mixture to stuff inside the other half and I will be sure to post that when it happens.

Prepping, preparing and making this is so easy and will literally only take around 50 minutes total.  Only 5 minutes, I may add, will be of work.  The other 45 minutes is baking time.

PB Stuffed Acorn Squash

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While the oven is preheating simply slice your acorn squash in half.  Scoop out the seeds and strings (reserving the seeds if you would like to use them).  Slice a tiny sliver off the bottom side of each half, so it will sit flat inside your baking dish.  Spray each half with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) but you can use olive, canola or any other type you have on hand.  Sprinkle each half with a little sea salt and cinnamon.  Once your oven is preheated simply set the pan inside the oven and set a timer for 45 minutes.  You will know that your squash is done when you can easily pierce it with a fork.  Once out of the oven, scoop peanut or almond butter into the center and let it get all melty.  At this point I always top it with a dash more sea salt and cinnamon but feel free to leave that out if you wish.

This can be a great side dish for dinner (leaving out the peanut butter) or a dinner all it’s own when stuffed with whatever concoction you prefer.  This would also be a wonderful way to get your children to try new veggies as we all know that almost all kids will eat something that has peanut butter smothered on it.

 

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