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
Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts
Calories150 Per Serving
Protein2g Per Serving
Fiber3g Per Serving
|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|
|Total Carbohydrate||22 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|
|Added Sugars||0 g|
1 1/2 starch, 1 fat
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
Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Set aside.
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.
Stir in the water, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
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.
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.