This Curry Roasted Acorn Squash is a simple, flavorful Fall side dish.
Today is the first in a series of amazing guest posts I have lined up for you over the next few weeks. I reached out to some of my fav bloggers to see if they wanted to stop by and introduce themselves to my readers while I take a little break. They have a wide variety of posts to share include recipes, workouts and nutrition info and I couldn’t be more excited!
We’re kicking things off with the lovely Katie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I’ve gotten to know Katie over the past several months thanks to Recipe Redux. She posts amazing recipes, takes incredible photos, is a master food-styler and is even working on a cookbook! Plus she’s down to earth, genuinely nice and always upbeat and positive! If you haven’t checked out her blog, be sure to do so immediately! Today she’s sharing a squash recipe that’s right up my alley. I LOVE curry powder!
Hi green bean lovers!
I’m one too (I especially love the especially the lean variety) so I am super glad to meet you all. And I am beyond flattered that Lindsay asked me to be here today. I am sure she is thankful to have a bit of a rest while she is in baby zone these days, so I am happy to help out.
I have been kind of obsessed with squash this fall. Really, come into my kitchen, and you will think I am a squash loving doomsday prepper of sorts. I’m not, I assure you, I just love me some squash. All kinds, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, butternut and acorn. You name it.
I have always loved acorn squash with a capital L. My mom used to make it, and I’d squeal with delight. She’d roast the halves and then fill the cavity with butter and brown sugar, so how could I not love it? I strategized as I ate my squash half with a spoon, to make sure that I had a little bit of the brown sugar and butter mixture for each bite of squash. For the record that’s also how I ate my apple and peanut butter. Oh wait I still do that.
When I was dreaming up ideas for what to share here on the Lean Green Bean I thought about that recipe of my mom’s and wanted to do something equally as simple, but healthier. As you probably know when you take away fat you run the risk of taking away flavor, so I added in a big hit of flavor in the form of curry powder. I used coconut oil instead of butter too since I think the flavor of coconut and curry are awesome together.
Here is what I did: I roasted the squash cut-side down on a sheet pan (lined with foil or parchment for the love of not scrubbing dishes.) Then I melted the coconut oil. I did this in the microwave, but you could also do it in a jar in a hot water bath or in a small saucepan. Then I swirled in some curry powder. I used British curry which is not as firey as madras curry, so it is more kid friendly. I only used 1 tablespoon of brown sugar for six servings, but you really won’t miss it. The natural sweetness of the squash is plenty, and the flavor of the coconut and curry really make up for any lack of sugar.
Curry Roasted Acorn Squash
- 3 medium acorn squash, cut in half seeds and pulp removed
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 11/2 teaspoon curry powder, hot if desired
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
- Place squash cut-side down on the baking sheet. Roast until the squash flesh is tender when pierced with a fork, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Flip all the squashes cut side up.
- Melt coconut oil and brown sugar in a small dish in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Alternatively heat over medium low heat in a small saucepan until melted. Stir in curry and salt. Brush curry mixture over all the squash flesh and return to the oven until the curry mixture is bubbling and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
Thanks so much all. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Please come visit me at Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
Do you stock up on squash?
Did you eat acorn squash when you were a kid?
Do you do the rationing out of the peanutbutter for each slice of apple thing?