In 8 Easy Steps, This Delicious Dish Can Be on Your Thanksgiving Table!

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This is by no means a secret: Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday for people with diabetes. Heck, any holiday that revolves around food is. But there are options. I repeat: there are options. You’ll find that this delicious recipe for honey-baked acorn squash is just one.

Why Squash?

Squash is typically considered a starchy vegetable, yes, but the benefits of having squash in moderation far outweigh the minimal risks. They’re a fantastic source of fiber and are rich in folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin A (converted by the body from beta-carotene), which are all key to managing a healthy diet. And, not only are they delicious, they’re both versatile and relatively season-specific. Putting squash on your Thanksgiving table will give a tasty send-off to fall.

acorn squash

What You’ll Need

Materials

  • 1 baking dish (13″ x 9″, or whatever can accommodate the amount you’re intending to make)
  • 1 oven
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 cooking brush (optional)
  • 2 oven mitts (safety first!)

Ingredients

  • *4 servings
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Time

  • Approximately 5 minutes prep
  • Approximately 75 minutes cook

The Steps

  1. Heat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Take your sharp knife and halve each individual squash. This can be especially tough, considering the toughness and density of the raw squash.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.
  4. Once the seeds are out, halve each squash again, and place them evenly in the baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon, salt, and pepper over each squash quarter.
  6. Drizzle both the olive oil and honey onto each squash quarter. If you do have a brush at your disposal, use it to smear the oil and honey over the entirety of the squash. Not doing so could result in portions of the squash burning during the baking process.
  7. Place the baking dish on the center rack of your heated oven.
  8. Let the squash bake for approximately 75 minutes. It can take up to 90 minutes, however, depending on your preference. When the squash is golden and tender, it is ready to be taken out from the oven.

roasted acorn squash

Nutrition

  • (per serving)
  • 95 calories
  • 1g fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 1g protein
  • 22g carbohydrates
  • 8g sugar
  • 3g fiber
  • 151mg sodium

For more on this recipe, as well as for more Thanksgiving recipes, head on over to prevention.com.

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Garrett D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).