Remember those acorn squashes you picked up at the store and are about to go into the trash?
We have a way that you can cook them up that is super easy and quick! All you need is a microwave. Want to find out more?
This article has 10 delicious, simple, and quick acorn recipes that can all be done in the microwave.
Due to the milder and sweeter flavor of the acorn squash, you can really alter the taste to your preferences.
Prefer a little spice or want something to really satisfy those sweet cravings? We have got it all below!
Super Sweet Microwave Acorn Squash
Loved the sound of a sweet, healthier treat than your regular snacks? This super sweet microwave acorn squash could be the change you need.
And all of the ingredients could be stocked in your pantry already.
With brown sugar, maple syrup and melted butter, this acorn squash recipe is utterly delicious.
Simply cut your acorn squash in half, remove the insides and microwave until soft and tender.
Add all of your ingredients to the hollowed out middle and microwave for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve as a midnight snack or even as a side dish with your favorite mains. This recipe makes the perfect sharing dish, just give everyone a spoon and dig in.
A top tip before cutting your acorn squash is to microwave it for a minute to help soften the flesh.
For other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out our 10 best microwave dessert recipes too!
Simple Savory Acorn Squash
If you are in a pinch and need something quick to serve for dinner, try this simple savory acorn squash recipe.
Slice your acorn squash in half, scoop out the insides and season with some classic salt and pepper.
You really cannot go wrong with a delightfully easy recipe. It’s perfect for making sure your little ones get in their daily veggies.
This is a great gluten free option for those who have allergies or follow a gluten free diet.
For other great gluten free options, check out our 12 best gluten free air fryer recipes!
It is also great for vegetarians, vegans, and those with Paleo dietary requirements. Just skip on the butter and sugar.
Just remember to ensure that the inside of your acorn squash is nice and tender before serving.
Otherwise you may find yourself reaching for something else.
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash Microwave Style
Looking for a side dish to truly awe your guests, then this apple stuffed acorn squash is the perfect recipe for you.
Made in under 30 minutes, this recipe could just become a staple in your weekly dinners.
While your acorn squash is becoming tender and juicy in the microwave, prepare your apple filling.
Combine apple, celery, cranberries, brown sugar and spices for this warming, mouthwatering stuffing.
This dish goes perfectly with that Thanksgiving turkey, or as a veggie option for those not wanting to miss out on the Thanksgiving spirit.
Top with toasted walnuts for a delicious crunch and you have a show stopping side dish to impress everyone at the holiday dinner.
Alternatively, try out some sweet honey roasted pecans made in your air fryer!
And it was all done with the power of your microwave!
If you love sweet apples, our 10 best air fryer apple recipes may be right up your alley!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
If you happen to have acorn squash, ground beef, and some apples that are in desperate need of being used, then we have the recipe for you.
To thaw ground beef in a hurry for this dish, learn how long it takes to defrost ground beef in the microwave.
This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and savory with a mix of cinnamon and onion salt for seasoning, you won’t be able to resist.
This is the perfect appetizer at the office parties this Christmas that everyone can enjoy.
Sprinkle your acorn squash with brown sugar before microwaving for that gorgeous golden finish.
You can also swap out the ground beef for any red meat of your choosing. We recommend pork tenderloins to pair perfectly with the apple and cinnamon flavors.
This dish is great for warming you up from the inside out after a long, cold day outside in the winter elements.
Stuffed Acorn Squash Supreme
When you have a busy life, making nutritious dinners at home can sometimes end up at the bottom of the list.
This stuffed acorn squash supreme recipe makes it simple and quick.
With a filling of rice, turkey, apple, and broccoli this dish is sure to keep you full all night long.
Topped with Monterey Jack Cheese this may just become your new favorite mid-week dinner.
This cheesy, delicious meal is perfect for serving large crowds or for those who like to meal-prep.
To keep your ingredients fresh it is best to keep them in separate air-tight containers before storing in the refrigerator.
This way you can crisp up the acorn squash when they become a little too soft.
You can enjoy the cheesy goodness of these stuffed acorn squash supreme at the office or even give to the kids for their school lunch!
Veggie Stuffed Acorn Squash
This stuffed acorn squash is brimming with veggies, protein, and fiber that’s beneficial for your digestive system.
Any season is given a taste of autumn by the flavors. 40 minutes in the oven or 15 minutes in the microwave? It’s a no brainer.
Stuff your tender acorn squash with the nutrient filled mixture of garlic, kale, and kidney beans for a gorgeous veggie meal.
Season with oregano, sage, salt, and pepper for the perfect flavor.
Learn how to dry sage in the microwave to save any extras for later use!
If you want to really take your dish to the next level, season with paprika, chili powder and dried basil on the inside of the acorn squash before placing in the microwave.
We also recommend adding a layer of whole grain breadcrumbs to the top of your mixture. Top with veggie parmesan cheese and let it melt before serving.
Try out some tasty ideas tested on TV (like eggplant parmesan) in our list of the best Dr Oz microwave recipes!
Mashed Acorn Squash
In need of a delicious, creamy side dish to compliment your roasted chicken or tender steak? This mashed acorn squash is utterly divine.
It’s perfect as a side dish for any main meal and is great for expanding your palate.
Make grid-like slices into your de-seeded acorn squash and brush with the honey, brown sugar and butter mixture.
Place in the microwave for around 10-12 minutes until the acorn squash is really soft. The skin should be coming away from the inside.
Carefully scoop the tender insides into a large bowl, as a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, Mix with the remaining butter mixture and mix until you get a smooth creamy texture.
Serve with dishes of your choice and enjoy a tasty, innovative form of mash.
Chicken And Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
Need something tasty yet simple to take to the office this week for lunch?
Save yourself the trip to your favorite restaurant and some dollars with this delicious chicken and mushroom stuffed acorn squash dish.
The stuffing is made of chicken, asparagus, chanterelle, herbs and of course, parmesan cheese – perfect for keeping you full and warm this fall.
Now you may want to heat up the oven to help your acorn squash crisp up before serving. Otherwise you can make this gorgeous dish in the microwave.
Just make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through before serving. Or leave the chicken out and have a flavorsome vegetarian dish.
Perfect as a side dish or as a meal on its own, this stuffed acorn squash can do it all.
Want to make it even faster? Prep your filling ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
Then when your squash is tender, stuff in your filling, top with cheese and pop in the oven for 10 minutes until your cheese is melted and the sides of your acorn squash are deliciously crispy.
Pantry Stuffed Acorn Squash
Unsure how to use up the week’s leftovers?
Well it is time to grab all of your leftovers and bits and pieces from the pantry and stuff them in your acorn squash.
We use ground beef, pasta sauce, veggies, and cottage cheese but feel free to use whatever you have to hand!
This is a great way to use up veggies and meats in the fridge and make a delicious meal at the end of the week.
Acorn Squash Soup
Craving a warming, comforting soup this winter? Try out this acorn squash soup.
With hints of curry and chile spices, this acorn squash soup is buttery-sweet, savory, and flavorful.
If you love the flavor profiles of curry here, check out our 10 best air fryer Indian recipes to explore more bold tastes.
When milk is added, it becomes even more creamy, and when it is pureed, it has a thick consistency that readily glosses the back of a spoon.
Serve with your favorite crusty bread and enjoy a delicious bowl of acorn soup this winter.
Also, you can’t go wrong with the savory homemade chicken noodle soup in my best Tupperware microwave pressure cooker recipes list!
Learn how to defrost bread in the microwave for a quick accompaniment.
This winter vegetable is often forgotten about compared to the butternut squash, yet it is simpler and quicker to cook.
Just cook it in the microwave for 10 minutes with some salt and pepper and you have a delicious, easy meal or snack.
The acorn squash could be the answer to your cooking problems this winter.
Whether it’s a heartwarming soup or a delicious rice and cheese stuffing, this vegetable makes for the perfect dish.
Create sweet or savory and meet the needs of everyone to keep them satisfied. You can even create a stunning Thanksgiving side dish.
Don’t forget to create a veggie or vegan option! Try out the 10 recipes above for a new way to cook this winter.
If you love squash, make sure to check out our delicious air fryer butternut squash fries as well!
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