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Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

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Since acorn squash takes about an hour to prepare in a conventional oven, microwave cooked squash is quite a timesaver, and almost turns it into “fast food.”

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash (about 1¼ to 1½ pounds), washed 
  • ¼ cup water 
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • ½ teaspoon low sodium soy sauce 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Nutritional information

Calories 234 (8% from fat) ▪ carb. 56g ▪ pro. 4g ▪ fat 2g ▪ sat. fat 1g ▪ chol. 5mg ▪ sod. 69mg ▪ calc. 164mg ▪ fiber 10g

Instructions

  1. Cut squash in half and remove seeds and fibers. Place cut side down in a microwaveable casserole, soufflé or other dish that will hold the squash in a single layer. Add water and cover dish tightly with a lid, plate or microwave safe plastic wrap. Place in the Cuisinart Compact Microwave and microwave on High (PL-10) for about 8 to 12 minutes, until the squash is tender when tested with a sharp knife. Let stand for 3 minutes.
  2. While squash is cooking, combine maple syrup, soy, cinnamon, and freshly ground pepper to taste. When squash is tender, turn over. Place ½ teaspoon butter in the cavity of each squash half. Divide maple syrup mixture evenly among the squash halves. Use a pastry brush to brush over the squash. Return to the microwave and microwave for 1 minute on Medium-High (PL-7). Serve hot.
  3. Tip: Prepare acorn squash, but do not glaze. Prepare Israeli Couscous Pilaf with Cranberries, Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts and use as stuffing for squash. Both can be prepared ahead and reheated in your microwave or a conventional oven.