'DANG, That's Some Good Acorn Squash' Recipe
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My new year's resolution is to eat more vegetables. Although I love the idea of going vegetarian or vegan, I know deep down in my heart that I simply love sweet mesquite BBQ ribs too much. So I compromised and told myself I would eat more vegetables to balance out my omnivore ways.

Squash! It's not just for putting by your front door in the fall!

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Preheat oven to 400*F and place the rack in the middle.
Cut the squash in half and scoop out the insides.
Cut a small piece off of the bottom of the round side of each half, so that they don't roll around on the pan when facing up.
In a bowl, or in one of the squash halves if you're lazy, mix:
2 teaspoons margarine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 clove garlic finely chopped (or a small squeeze of garlic paste in a tube)
1/2 tsp salt
Less than half a teaspoon, to taste:
Ground black pepper
Powdered ginger
"Italian seasoning" Which can include oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage (if you have those as separate bottles, feel free to sprinkle in)

Mash the butter mixture up with a spoon, or fingers if you haven't emptied the dishwasher yet.
Split the mixture between the two halves, coating the bowl and the inner side.
Lick fingers clean and place on a baking sheet in the oven for 45 mins to and hour.
Check halfway through and re-baste the sides if you feel like it.
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JohnsterMyMonster's avatar
JohnsterMyMonsterHobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it... Good job on the goal.
Secretsofaphrodites's avatar
SecretsofaphroditesHobbyist Artist
This sounds delicious. Shall try it this week :D
I'm right with you with the vegetarian (not vegan tho) but yeah, cow flesh is too tasty. And shrimp. I would miss shrimp so much 
GreenSprite's avatar
Ooh, I'll try this if I find squash at the market this week! Any idea if it's ok to substitute butter for margarine and leave out the sugar?

Btw, I've been a vegetarian for half a year now, I never thought I could do it. For me the difficult part was fish - I really love(d) fish. But knowing that I don't eat animals anymore (with its moral and health implications) totally makes up for the loss of some tasty dishes. Plus I've been learning so many delicious vegetarian recipes that eating meat hardly even crosses my mind anymore. It's so much less of an effort than I imagined it would be.
RobynRose's avatar
butter and margarine? sure. I just happened to have margarine. ^^

As for leaving out the sugar, you can try it. I like the sweetness it adds, and the way the sugar adds a coat of caramelization to the shell. However, if you're going to drop the sugar, I would probably use a bit less salt as well. Depends on how savoury you like it. Or you could switch out for an artificial sweetener, but man, I don't trust those. >_> <_<
GreenSprite's avatar
I don't use artificial sweeteners either. I just have a weird relationship with sugar - if I eat it, it's almost always in chocolate (and I eat a lot of it this way). If I'm not going to have chocolate, I prefer something savoury, bitter or sour instead of sweet. Dunno why, it's just the way it works for me. I'm gonna try and make a half squash with sugar and the other without, see which one I like best :D
RobynRose's avatar
ah, interesting. I've watched several documentaries lambasting sugar, tellng us how horrible it is, yet somehow, I feel like artificial sweeteners are worse. they just make me feel queasy.
GreenSprite's avatar
I've seen several documentaries like that too. It doesn't seem there is enough evidence to claim that sugar is the devil yet, but I do think those people are on to something. There's certainly something very wrong with the way we feed ourselves in most of the developed world. Science will hopefully tell soon if it's the sugar excess, something else or (most likely) a combination of many things.

I don't use artificial sweeteners either. My sister likes stevia, it's natural and apparently has a lot of benefits over sugar.
FusionDevs's avatar
those damn ribs... i know the feeling
LorienInksong's avatar
LorienInksongProfessional General Artist
I've been hoping/trying to eat more veggies too (and to make new recipes) so thanks for sharing this, I'll definitely give it a try!
RobynRose's avatar
Cool, hope it turns out well.
SW-Art-and-Design's avatar
SW-Art-and-DesignProfessional General Artist
That sounds really good. Think I might try it next week :D
RobynRose's avatar
Yay. It's very buttery, despite having only a bit of margarine. The ginger counteracts any overly "earthy/dirty" flavors.
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SW-Art-and-DesignProfessional General Artist
It sounds amazing, I'll let you know how it turns out for me :)
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PurpleKiwee-137Student General Artist
I was just looking for acorn squash recipes! This looks yummy and I'll be trying it out tomorrow night for supper!
RobynRose's avatar
Oh yay, let me know if it's good. (My problem with spices is that I never measure properly. I pour some into the palm of my hand and go "yeah, that looks about right")
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