Chili Butter Acorn Squash

 

Acorn Squash

Weight Watcher friendly acorn squash with a decadent butter sauce that is sweet with a hint of spice. This Chili Butter Acorn Squash is delicious side dish and only 6 SmartPoints!

 

I distinctly remember the first time I ate acorn squash.  I went with a friend to a neighborhood farm to table restaurant that featured vegetable dishes grown from their garden.  Brown sugar acorn squash was the feature item.  My friend insisted that I try it.  My life changed after eating this buttery, sugary foreign vegetable.  I was scared at first, fear of the unknown really.  But I’m so glad I tried it!  Acorn squash is one of my favorite vegetables to eat and to make.  My Chili Butter Acorn Squash is decadent, buttery, and a Weight Watcher friendly recipe with 6 SmartPoints per serving.

 

After I tried acorn squash for the first time, I always wanted to make it at home but didn’t understand how to make it.  I honestly wasn’t even sure what it looked like uncooked.  My then boyfriend now husband had also tried acorn squash at the same neighborhood restaurant and begged me to make it.  I’ll admit that I DID have to google what acorn squash looked like otherwise I would not have known what to look for at the grocery store.  After I discovered what acorn squash looked like and how to cook it, the experimentation began resulting in one of my favorite side dish items to make along side any “fancy at home” fish or chicken dish.

 

The hardest part of the whole recipe is cutting the squash in half.  Silly I know!  Once you cut the acorn squash in half, just scoop out the seeds.  Rub each half with butter, rub with the brown sugar mixture, and pop into the oven!

 

Squash

 

My take on acorn squash is sweet with a hint of spice.  The chili powder mixed with brown sugar blends so well making this dish not too sweet.  The butter melts and you are left with a delicious liquid in the center of the acorn squash that takes the squash to another level of decadence.   Each bite is buttery, full of flavor, and leaves you with wanting more. This Chili Butter Acorn Squash  would be the perfect side dish for Blackened Catfish or Seared Brown Butter Lemon Scallops!

   

 

Acorn Squash

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

 
For Chili Butter Acorn Squash, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

 

Serves 2, Half of acorn is 1 serving

Chili Butter Acorn Squash

6 SMARTPOINTS per serving

5 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place squash in baking dish cut sides facing up.
  4. Using your fingers, rub the flesh of each half with ½ tablespoon of butter for each side.
  5. Mix brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and garlic powder together in a bowl.
  6. Generously season each side with the seasoning mixture.
  7. Roast squash in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the squash is tender.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Half
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 26.8g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21%
Sugars 8.8g
Protein 1.6g 3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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