Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is a very easy, very quick favorite at our house. One thing I really like is you can feed it (without the brown sugar) to a 8 month-old baby or a toddler. It’s also a delicious side for any grown-up meal. I found the original in The DASH Diet for Hypertension  (by Thomas Moore, M.D.) cookbook and tweaked it for our tastes.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash

2 tbsp. water

8 oz.  applesauce

1 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Cut an acorn squash in half (or have your husband do it so you can get a good picture!).


Next scoop out the seeds. Did you know that a squash is technically a fruit because it has seeds? Just a little trivia. 😉


Pour 2 tbsp. of water in the bottom of a microwave safe dish. Add the squash with the skin facing up.


Cover the dish with plastic wrap. This will steam the squash.  Put it in the microwave for 10 minutes. After it is done let it rest, covered, for 5 more minutes. When you take  the plastic off be prepared for some steam to come out.


While the squash is steaming, mix the apple sauce, brown sugar, and cinnamon.


I like how my little heart teaspoon makes sweethearts of brown sugar.


I start with 4 oz. of apple sauce and decide if I need to add the second 4 oz. based on the size of the squash. I decided yes.


Now pour the mixture in the squash.


Heat it again, uncovered, for 5 minutes in the microwave.

Remove and serve warm. I like to mix the applesauce mixture in with the squash. I don’t eat the skin, but my husband does- your call!



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