Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers

A year ago, my kids couldn’t have even told you what an acorn squash looked like!  I can’t believe we haven’t been eating them every fall.  Acorn squash is easy to cook, and so delicious!  The only difficult part about it is cutting it!  In fact, I couldn’t cut this one at all.  I had to get my husband to do it.   But- AFTER the cutting, the rest is a breeze.    One good reason to include Acorn Squash, as well as other winter squashes in your families diet is winter squash has Starch-like components in winter squash have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-diabetic and insulin-regulating properties“. (source)  What are you waiting for!  They are ready to harvest, and priced to sell right now!

First of all, if you are unfamiliar, an Acorn Squash looks like this:

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love! Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love!

Once you have your squash, turn it on it’s side and cut cross-ways, so you get the flower shaped slices.

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love!

Then, scrape the seeds out from the inside of each slice, and arrange on parchment paper on a baking sheet:

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Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love!

Drizzle the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.  Then bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

When your squash is tender, it’s easy to eat with a fork.  The flesh separates from the skin super easy.

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love! Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love!

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers. Make your acorn squash into a fall flower dish your kids will love!Don’t let this fall pass without letting your kids try this delicious dish!

 

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers
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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 squash (4 inch dia) – acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 2 oz – Parmesan cheese
  • 1 dash – salt

Directions

Turn Acorn squash it on it's side and cut cross-ways, so you get the flower shaped slices. Scrape the seeds out from the inside of each slice, and arrange on parchment paper on a baking sheet: Drizzle the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.  Then bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 128 6%
  • Fat: 7 g 11%
  • Carb: 11 g 4%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 5 g 10%
  • Sugar: 0 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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J says:

It is much easier to cut hard winter squash if you microwave it (whole) for 3-5 min first. Just stick it right in the microwave. Use a potholder when cutting, it’ll be very warm.

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