Healthy Acorn Squash Recipes

Find healthy, delicious acorn squash recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Rating: Unrated
Cumin and chili powder season a filling of turkey sausage, tomatoes, black beans and Swiss cheese for creamy acorn squash. Serve this stuffed squash with warmed corn tortillas for wrapping up bites of all the tasty ingredients.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans

Rating: Unrated
Acorn squash's natural shape makes it just right for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, tomato paste, white beans and Parmesan cheese. Serve with: Mixed green salad with radicchio and red onion and crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio.

Curried Lentil Stuffed Squash

Rating: Unrated
In this stuffed squash recipe, a spicy red lentil curry stew fills acorn squash. If you find them at your market use tasty jarred piquillo peppers in this.

Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash

Fall favorite acorn squash gets a Mexican twist with a spicy-as-you-like-it turkey and veggie stuffing.

Moroccan Chickpea-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Rating: Unrated
Think of this healthy vegetarian side dish recipe as a meatless tagine served in a squash bowl. Kabocha, sweet dumpling or carnival squash make good alternatives to acorn squash. To make this side a hearty vegetarian meal, serve 2 halves each.

Honey-Glazed Roasted Delicata Squash

Rating: Unrated
Tangy cider vinegar, sweet honey, crunchy pine nuts and fresh mint come together to make an amazing glaze in this healthy roasted winter squash recipe. If you use delicata, the whole squash--including the gorgeous skin--is edible.

Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash for Two

Sourdough bread, a mix of earthy mushrooms and wild rice fill sweet acorn squash in this vegan Thanksgiving dish that's just the right size for two people. Sweet carnival squash, with its stripes and speckles, is a fun alternative to acorn squash if you can get your hands on one.
By Hilary Meyer

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cider Drizzle

Rating: Unrated
Roasting squash in the oven caramelizes its natural sugars. Here we serve acorn squash with a cider reduction that's spiced with cinnamon and cloves. A touch of butter gives it a luxurious finish.

Cheese-Topped Acorn Squash

Sage and nutmeg are the perfect seasoning pair for these acorn squash slices. Sprinkled with Parmesan just before serving, this vegetable side dish goes well with any main dish you're serving.

Mashed Maple Squash

Rating: Unrated
Acorn squash makes a sweet substitute for potatoes in this easy mash. Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to get all the seeds and stringy fibers out of the inside of the squash.

Acorn Squash Soup

This pureed vegetable soup gets smooth and silky after a quick whirl in the blender. Mild-flavored acorn squash gets a Southwestern-inspired makeover in this flavorful soup that has a hint of spice from chipotle pepper--opt for more if you like the heat!

Spiced Acorn Squash with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower & Greens

A mixture of spices provides tantalizing taste to acorn squash stuffed with cauliflower florets and chard. Coconut milk adds a delicious richness to the stuffing and the feta and nuts sprinkled on top deliver a nice tang and crunch to each bite.

Inspiration and Ideas

Sausage & Egg Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sweetened with maple syrup and stuffed with turkey sausage, these acorn squash are sweet and savory. Serve this squash recipe with a simple side salad for a healthy and balanced dinner.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Rosemary

Slice acorn squash crosswise to showcase its pretty scalloped edges before baking, then garnish with a light glaze of butter and rosemary for an elegant presentation.

Pureed Roasted Winter Squash

Rating: Unrated

Try this roasted puree as a ravioli filling or a simple side dish.