I know it’s hard to continue with our daily routines when the news is so depressing and frightening, but that’s exactly what needs to happen. It is critical to nourish with wholesome, real food—-especially when we are emotionally, mentally, physically drained….or when the seasons change and we find ourselves a bit under the weather. Focusing on simple nutrition is always a good idea. Mashed acorn squash is an awesome way to nourish while still feeling comforted.
This roasted and mashed acorn squash is a staple in our house this time of year with good reason. Fall always seems to be a bit hectic and I just love the simplicity of this recipe. Get it into the oven and then forget about it while you move on to other tasks. Once the squash and garlic are roasted, the dish comes together in about 2 minutes, with staples from your spice cabinet. That’s it. No mess, no fuss.
One of the things I love about making mashed acorn squash is how versatile it is. When I do a big weekly food prep on Sunday night, it’s a no brainer to include this recipe, and I’m always thankful for days to come. I sometimes will spread some of this on rice paper wrappers when I make veggie spring rolls (yum!), I’ve used a big scoop of mashed acorn squash to thicken soup many times, I like to include it in a hearty burrito bowl as shown below, and I even spread it on toast with some roasted veggies on top. Roasted and mashed acorn squash is also delicious thrown into smoothies, or swirled into oatmeal. Yup, your Wednesday self with love your Sunday self that prepares this!
As with all my recipes, use your imagination and make this recipe yours! I tend to gravitate towards the savory, but if sweet is your thing, swap out the spices and opt for some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a swirl of maple syrup instead. I would totally love that in my daily oatmeal bowl!
Acorn squash (like many of the other winter squash varieties—and you can sub most of them in this recipe: butternut, kabocha, pumpkin, etc) is loaded with health benefits. Acorn squash is high in antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Acorn squash has high amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin C that helps skin stay bright and staves off wrinkles.. It boosts the immune system, decreases inflammation, reduces high blood pressure and aids in fighting cancer. Acorn squash is high in fiber and supports healthy digestion, the absorption of nutrients from foods, and reduces symptoms of men with enlarged prostate. Mashed acorn squash is a tasty and nutrient dense choice for those watching their weight as well.
As the weather continues to turn cooler, I continue to make some fall classics like this roasted and mashed acorn squash. As world events, and events here in the US continue to be unstable, I continue to do what I can to feed myself and my family wholesome real food to help us find our healthy balance where we can.