Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

This recipe is so sweet I had to make up a new category-veggie desserts!

To start, preheat your oven to 350 °C. Then core and remove the seeds of  1 acorn squash. I think it is easiest just to slice the squash crosswise into 1 inch slices.  Next, place them on a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

While it’s baking, take a small saucepan and combine 3 tbsp. of butter or butter substitute, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 2/3 of a cup of brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt.  Heat this until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

At the 20 minute mark take out your baking dish and pour your maple mixture over the squash. Bake for another 2o minutes or until your squash is tender.

Who ate it?

Husband- But of course.

Son #1- Tried it. Really liked the syrup, but had trouble with the texture of the squash.

Son #2- “Is this is a vegetable? ’cause  you know that vegetables are NOT dessert, MOM!”

On another note:

Since my husband is a highschool chemistry teacher, the subject of teenagers and what’s going on with them comes up a lot. Mostly, though, we are just in awe of the modern teenager. Somehow a lot of them still manage to do really well in school. This despite the fact that they have access to the trifecta of procrastination: texting, YouTube and Facebook .

Luckily for me, there was none of this when I was a student. In our house we had two landline phones and in my last year of high school we got a dial-up modem. Everything was communal; nothing was private. This meant that most conversations were never really finished, as you knew everyone could hear them, and there was always someone waiting to use the phone next. The computer was for writing an essay and if no one else was writing on it, you could squeeze in a game of SimCity. No one but my father knew how to work the modem.

Of course, you could argue that every generation has their distractions but, you have to admit, this generation of teens has it tough.

I mean, even if you think that you are the only person who’s into knitting swimsuits  from discarded VHS tape, with the internet you will no doubt find an entire community of like-minded souls. In turn, each of the links you find, no matter how loosely related to your original search, is going to be at least twice as interesting as your math homework. And that’s just if you’re into knitting swimsuits!

If I were in highschool today, I’d be drowning  in a sea of cheese on the internet. I’d be trapped somewhere between two cats singing “Call Me Maybe” and obsessively checking people’s Facebook photos. It’d be ugly.

What I’m trying to say is that if you have a teenager and they get a ‘B’ in chemistry- you should be thrilled! If you adjust  for available distractions, in 1996 I’m pretty sure that they would have gotten an ‘A’.

-Mom on a veggie mission


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