Recipe: Stupid easy roasted acorn squash
- Jan 10th 2012
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.
- 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.)
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- 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.
- Cut little flat spot on the bottom to help keep it steady while cooking, try not to cut into the center hole.
- Scoop out the seeds and save them. Get out the stringy gunk and throw it away.
- Take a little butter (or coconut oil) and grease the orange parts of the squash, especially around the rim.
- 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.
- Do the same to the other half.
- 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.
- After you pull them out of the oven, drain most of the liquid out of the centers and discard.
- Let sit for 10 minutes before serving, remove the herbs. (If you used powdered sage, don’t sweat it.)
- 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!