Recipe: Stupid easy roasted acorn squash

I made this for dinner last night with brown rice cooked with a bay leaf and a dash of cumin, plus sauteed kale with fresh garlic. So good and amazingly good for you, best part is it’s stupid easy to make.

You’ll need:

  • An acorn squash (they’re everywhere right now, I got mine from my favorite farmer’s market.)
  • 2 pats of butter (vegans, use cold pressed coconut oil instead.)
  • about 5 tablespoons of water
  • 2 sprigs of  rosemary ( if you can get fresh, it’s worth it.)
  • 2 small pieces of sage with like 3 or 4 leaves on them. (again, extra points for fresh.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Take the acorn squash and cut it in half. Be careful it’s slippery, take your time. I like to place mine on a folded dishtowel to keep it more steady.
  3. Cut  little flat spot on the bottom to help keep it steady while cooking, try not to cut into the center hole.
  4. Scoop out the seeds and save them. Get out the stringy gunk and throw it away.
  5. Take a little butter (or coconut oil) and grease the orange parts of the squash, especially around the rim.
  6. Put a pat of butter (or 1/2 tsp coconut oil) in the hole and add the herbs. Add about a tablespoon of water too.
  7. Do the same to the other half.
  8. Put them in a oven safe dish, add about two tablespoons of water to the dish and cook for about an hour, or until rim is golden brown. I basted mine twice with the liquid from inside the hole.
  9. After you pull them out of the oven, drain most of the liquid out of the centers and discard.
  10. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving,  remove the herbs. (If you used powdered sage, don’t sweat it.)
  11. If you choose, reduce heat to 350 and roast the seeds with a little olive oil and some celtic sea salt, cook on a cookie sheet until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Mine were ridiculously delicious, it was totally worth it.

This recipe is very simple, no tricks here, but for me, there’s nothing like tasting the flavor of the food with a little boost. Besides, I know that after a long day at work, the last thing I want to cook is something complicated. This is great for leftovers, I suggest you make extra. Enjoy!

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