Acorn squash with dates

Recipe Information

Acorn squash with dates is a delicious American recipe usually served as a side dish. It requires about 5 minutes of prep time and about 20 minutes of cooking time for a combined total time of 25 minutes. The overall cooking skill level is considered easy. This recipe will yield 4 servings if prepared as directed.
Servings 4
Preparation Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Total Time 25 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Acorn Squash; Dates
Category Vegetables; Fruit
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 acorn squash (1½-2 pounds)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped dates

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons no-trans-fat vegetable oil spread

  • Sprigs of mint (optional)


  • Using caution, pierce the acorn squash with a knife in several places to allow steam to escape when cooking. Place the squash in a microwave oven and cook, uncovered, for approximately 5 minutes. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.

  • Place the squash halves in a shallow microwavable dish with the cut sides face down. Cover and microwave on high for 5-8 minutes. Let the squash stand for 5 minutes.

  • In a small bowl, mix the chopped dates, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Spoon the date mixture into the centers of the squash.

  • Microwave uncovered on high for approximately 1 minute to melt the sugar.

  • Cut the squash into quarters for serving and garnish with mint if desired.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 45 cal

  • Total fat: 2g

  • Saturated fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 20mg

  • Carbohydrate: 7g

  • Fiber: 0g

  • Protein: 0g