Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Acorn Squash Delight!

What to do with an acorn squash? Good question. I have never cooked one before and it has been sitting in my refrigerator for the past week.  But I was determined to make a yummy and healthy creation- especially knowing how nutritious acorn squash is!!


Did you know acorn squash is more nutrient-dense than all other summer squash?! It's rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidant compounds.  The health benefits are numerous: the ability to boost your immune system, prevent certain types of cancer, improve vision, protect the skin,  strengthen the bones, reduce blood pressure, improve digestion, regulate blood sugar and cholesterol, and maintain proper circulation. 

The chart below gives you the exact nutritional information for acorn squash and all the squashes- so you can see how they all add up!

Nutritional ValuesAcorn SquashButternut SquashHubbard SquashSpaghetti SquashPumpkinDried Pumpkin & Squash Seeds
Calories56kcal63kcal46kcal31kcal30kcal151kcal
Carbohydrates15g16g10g7g8g5g
Dietary Fiber2g3g0g0g1g1g
Protein1g1g2g1g1g7g
Fat0g0g1g1g0g13g
Water123g121g102g92.5g106g1.9g
VitaminsA, B1, B6, C & FolateA, B6, C, E, Folate & NiacinA, B1, B6 & CC, B6, Niacin & Pantothenic AcidA, B1, B6, C, E, Folate, Niacin & RiboflavinK
MineralsPotassium, Manganese, MagnesiumPotassium, Manganese, Magnesium, CalciumPotassium, Manganese, MagnesiumManganesePotassium, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, PhosphorusManganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Zinc

So this is seriously the most delicious recipe ever.  My husband was in love.  And only required 5 ingredients.  I used a little inspiration from Paula Dean's brown sugar rub (who I still think is a good person) and a little chicken salad creation I made a couple days ago. Enjoy!!


Acorn Squash Delight

1 acorn squash 
Brown sugar rub: 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp maple syrup or 1 tbsp honey (I used honey)
Protein filling- I used chicken salad made with organic chicken, organic whole milk maple cream yogurt, organic dill, and pesto

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Set aside.  Make brown sugar rub. Coat the acorn squash (not the skin).  Put on baking sheet (with aluminum foil if preferred).  Bake for 60 minutes.






Fill the inside!!!  I mixed shredded chicken, yogurt, pesto and dill.  Now you have a delicious, healthy, low carb and calorie meal!!






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