It’s that time of year again when my mom’s Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash beckons me. (My mouth may or may not water every time I think of this recipe)
It’s sweet, buttery, and heck, it’s totally fall-themed! Need I say more?
This is one of those things that tastes so good that you forget you’re even eating a vegetable. But acorn squash is an incredible nutrient-dense vegetable. (More so than any other Summer squash!) It contains vitamins like vitamin A, C, B-6, and folate, niacin, and thiamine. Minerals such as potassium, which maintains the water balance of the body, and magnesium, which aids in energy and even strengthens bones and teeth. Add in dietary fiber and antioxidants and you have one vegetable not to be messed with!
This Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash brings back a lot of good memories. One that stands out the most to me is asking my mom each year when she planned to make this. If she gave a date, I would practically jump into the air in enthusiasm. It’s. That. Good.
I think we’ve even roasted this over an open campfire one year while we were camping in the great outdoors. (I bet you can imagine my excitement for that.)
Just look at that pretty color. That’s honestly one of the best things about eating this roasted acorn squash, the whole process is a Fall experience. From picking out your squash (does anyone else get super excited about that?!), scooping out the seeds and guts, and smelling that fresh almost-pumpkiny-squash smell.
You know, while scooping out the guts of these squash I couldn’t help but wonder some things. Why is it that only pumpkin seeds are popular to eat? Aren’t acorn squash seeds good enough? (I guess not, because I threw them out…maybe next time)
If you liked this recipe be sure to check out my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup | Vegan, Gluten-Free
Notes on Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash:
- Use smaller squash to quicken oven time.
- Make “bowls” out of tin foil to house the squash-halves in while they’re baking, to prevent any of the brown sugar-butter mixture from spilling out.