Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

IMG_6949Warm up this winter with my Maple Roasted Acorn Squash.This winter squash is ideal for weight loss as one cup of cooked squash contains only 80 calories. With a high phytonutrient (plan nutrients) profile, this sweet and nutty vegetable provides you with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Pair it with my Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon for a nourishing lunch or dinner.

Naturally Nora Tip

How to select the best Acorn Squash:

  • You want to look for ones that are firm, heavy for their size and have dull (not glossy) rinds
  • By being picky with your selection, you can be sure that you are enjoying a vegetable with the highest nutrient value

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
 
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Serves: 4 (about 1 cup/person)
What You Need
  • 2 Acorn Squashโ€™s
  • ¼ cup unsalted organic butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped assorted fresh or dried herbs (rosemary & thyme)
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
What You Do
  1. TIP: To keep the squash steady while baking, cut off a thin slice from the rounded sides; butternut squash also works well in this recipe
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees
  3. Place melted butter, maple syrup, nutritional yeast and assorted herbs in a bowl and mix well until all ingredients are combined
  4. Place squash, cut sides up, on a baking pan
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Smear about 1 tbsp of seasoning mixture on the open faced acorn squashes until all surface area has been covered
  7. Once all 4 squashes have been covered, pour the remainder of the mixture into the squash cavities until a little pool forms
  8. Roast squash until very tender and well browned (about 40-50 minutes, depending on the stove โ€“ my gas stove only needs about 40-minutes, where the electric stove may take a bit longer)
  9. Bast frequently with syrup in the cavities
  10. Serve warm & enjoy!

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About Nora DeBora

Nora DeBora is one of Toronto's leading Health and Wellness professionals who is certified in holistic nutrition, yoga and personal training. She specializes in digestive wellness and is passionate about educating and empowering her clients to achieve their optimal health goals.