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Maple Acorn Squash Recipe

Squash is a versatile food that aids in skin care, protecting heart health and strengthening the immune system. This deliciously healthy and simple side dish is perfect paired with your favorite protein. Not to mention, your guests will be impressed its beautiful presentation.Laura Chalela Hoover, author of MOM’S SUGAR SOLUTIONshares her yummy recipe.

This is a quick, delicious, and beautiful side dish. By cutting the squash into slices, they look a bit like sunshine on your plate, a perfect pick-me-up for the doldrums of winter. Best of all, with just six ingredients that you likely have in your pantry, you can whip up a fancy-looking side dish with very little planning.

2 small acorn squashes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 ⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Cut squashes into 1 ⁄2″-thick slices. Use a round cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut out the pulpy portion of each slice so they resemble quarter-moons. Discard pulp.

3. Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup; then sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

4. Roast 30 minutes or until tender and golden. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Pair this side with a perfect roast chicken.

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