Spicy Roast Acorn Squash

Even as a so-called health nut, I love winter squashes roasted until they’re buttery and sticky-sweet. They’re drizzled with olive or coconut oil, or a little soft butter is brushed on slices. Perhaps they’re sweetened with brown or coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey. A bit of sea salt and fresh black pepper are sprinkled here and there. In my creative mind, winter squashes are flavored with any combination of herbs and spices. The flavor depends on the meal’s theme. A Chili-Spiced Acorn Squash could replace the butternut squash in these tacos with pineapple salsa. Maple Thyme Acorn Squash complements a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, cornbread dressing, and greens. Honey Rosemary Acorn Squash is a beautiful and simple treat to offer a host requesting vegetable dishes. Below are three variations to adding flavor to acorn squash. Change the amount of seasoning and sweetness to your family’s taste or your own.

What’s your favorite way to prepare acorn squash? Let me know in the comments below. 

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