Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

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Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

Achieving an attractive browned finish to slow-cooked food usually isn’t easy, but that isn’t a problem here. The cut sides of acorn squash wedges lie on top of skillet-browned onions and brown as they slow cook; then the onions are incorporated into a brown-sugar-and-walnut sauce to top the squash. “Browning” never looked better!

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 3- to 4-quart round or oval
Slow Cooking Time: 4 hours on low, OR 2 hours on high

 

Nutrition Facts

Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

CaloriesCalories

150 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

3g Per Serving
×
Calories 150
Total Fat 7.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 102 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 10 g
Protein 2 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 1/2 starch, 1 fat

Ingredients

Servings  4   Serving Size   1 squash wedge and 2 tablespoons sauce per serving

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil (or) OR
  • 1 teaspoon corn oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), seeds and strings discarded, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light tub margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons canola or corn oil

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the onion for 3 to 4 minutes, or until beginning to lightly brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the water, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Arrange each squash wedge with a cut side down on top of the onion mixture, making sure that a cut side of each squash wedge touches the onion mixture. Cook, covered, on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours, or until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Place the squash wedges on plates. Stir the remaining ingredients into the onion mixture. Spoon over the squash.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Copyright © 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.

Achieving an attractive browned finish to slow-cooked food usually isn’t easy, but that isn’t a problem here. The cut sides of acorn squash wedges lie on top of skillet-browned onions and brown as they slow cook; then the onions are incorporated into a brown-sugar-and-walnut sauce to top the squash. “Browning” never looked better!

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 3- to 4-quart round or oval
Slow Cooking Time: 4 hours on low, OR 2 hours on high

 

Nutrition Facts

Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

CaloriesCalories

150 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

3g Per Serving
×
Calories 150
Total Fat 7.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 102 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 10 g
Protein 2 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 1/2 starch, 1 fat

Ingredients

Servings  4   Serving Size   1 squash wedge and 2 tablespoons sauce per serving

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil (or) OR
  • 1 teaspoon corn oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), seeds and strings discarded, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light tub margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons canola or corn oil

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the onion for 3 to 4 minutes, or until beginning to lightly brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the water, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Arrange each squash wedge with a cut side down on top of the onion mixture, making sure that a cut side of each squash wedge touches the onion mixture. Cook, covered, on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours, or until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Place the squash wedges on plates. Stir the remaining ingredients into the onion mixture. Spoon over the squash.
AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

The versatile slow cooker is American’s favorite kitchen appliance -- AND -- it can help support a healthy diet! The American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition is back with brand new recipes that utilize your slow cooker and nourish you. From appetizers to desserts, the 230 recipes in this cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. Photography ©2018 by Lauren Volo.

Sample Recipes:

Beef Stew with Fresh Mango

Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

Steamed Pumpkin Bread

Kale and Red Quinoa Soup

 

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This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Copyright © 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.