Sunday, January 17, 2010

Coconut Squash

Today, I was bitten by a nasty sweet tooth. Although I have more candy in the house than I particularly care to admit to, I mainly wanted to eat something that was sweet but still had some nutritive value while I watched a Primeval marathon. I remembered I had an acorn squash that needed to be used (actually, I have more than just this one squash I need to use, but baby steps) and I thought it'd do the ticket. It's prepared similarly to "the usual method" of loading up the cavity with brown sugar and such, but coconut is added for a little diversity in both taste and texture. I serve it still in the shell and just scrape the insides out with my fork, as though it were a baked potato. Less work than the nightmare of peeling acorn squash with all their little ridges. I also let this cook in both a heating and cooling oven, to conserve some energy. Hope you enjoy!

1 small acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
2 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1-2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes, divided (you can use unsweetened too, and it'd probably be better, but this is what I had)

Put half of the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and coconut flakes in each half of the squash. Stuff them in a small baking dish and put in the oven. Turn the oven on to 350F, then set the timer for 30-40 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave in the oven another half hour or so. Serves 1-2.

(I forgot to take a picture until I already began to eat - sorry!)

4 comments:

  1. This definitely looks worth a try. Thanks.

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  2. Thanks, Mary! Not the prettiest, but wonderful flavour and texture.

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  3. Now, this looks really delicious. But I didn't come here only to take a peek at the food, how are you Allie? long time no see!

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  4. Oh, thanks DJ! It's really simple to make, which has kind of been my focus recently.

    I've been doing pretty well though. Went out of town a couple times during my semester break, and now I'm knee deep in homework every night. A shocking amount, really.

    How've you been doing?

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