Did you know the skin of acorn squash is completely edible? This makes for lots of fiber and a full tummy with just a small amount. I put four of these as a side dish on my plate, but was completely satisfied with two. It’s nice to get that full feeling when eating vegetables, don’t you think?

I had these as a side dish with some seasoned chicken thighs, but they would make a great meal topped on a kale salad too. Go Veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small acorn squash (2-2 ½ pounds)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ghee
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Carefully cut acorn squash down the middle, scoop out the seeds and pulp. Place squash cut side down on a cutting board and slice into ½ inch slices. Set aside.
  2. Heat the ghee, and the rest of the spices in a small saucepan stirring until melted and well blended, working out the clumps if you see them. Using a rubber spatula, scrape all the spiced ghee into a small bowl.
  3. Put parchment paper or tin foil down on a large sheet pan (turmeric stains, so this makes clean up a little easier). Place all your squash out in one layer. Using a spoon, or a rubber basting brush, cover the top of the squash with spiced ghee. Turn them over and coat the other side as well.
  4. Put squash in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your squash, until squash is nice and tender.
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Claudia Laffin

Claudia Laffin is a food photographer and owner of The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef, serving clients in and around Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a health food advocate and natural lifestyle follower for over 20 years. During that time she enjoyed working in numerous stores in the health food industry, including Earth Fare! Claudia’s desire to bring health food to more people motivated her to start her personal chef business. She loves cooking healthy, organic, non processed and delicious food for busy families in their own homes and helping them find a path to a healthier life. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see what new things she’s cooking up!