Sweet Potato And Acorn Squash Mash

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Sweet Potato and Acorn Squash Mash is a healthier and more delicious veggie side to mashed potatoes. The creamy texture and rich flavour of this mash will complement a healthy meal.

This simple veggie side is made with sweet potato, acorn squash, maple syrup, coconut oil and spices. There is nothing complicated about this vegetarian recipe, and the flavour and texture are superior to mashed potatoes.

In this sweet potato and acorn squash mash, the flavour comes from fresh ginger, a pinch of nutmeg, and the veggies’ sweetness. The ginger and nutmeg are a perfect blend to flavour this creamy vegetarian mash.

a healthy sweet potato acorn mash side with your main,

 

sweet potato and acorn squash mash in a bowl

 

I promise this creamy, mildly flavoured, healthy veggie side will not disappoint. The best part, this mash is super simple to prepare and is naturally gluten-free.

Some other healthy vegetarian sides you may enjoy are the Hearty Cabbage with Collard Greens RecipeRustic Roasted Fennel Recipe, or Swiss Chard and Potatoes.

 

What are sweet potatoes?

 

2 raw sweet potatoes

 

Sweet potatoes are tuberous roots growing under the soil, very different in texture and flavour from potatoes. 

This root vegetable comes in various colours and sizes, including orange, purple and white. They are sweet, starchy root vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Sweet potatoes, when cooked, have a mellow, starchy flavour that is mildly sweet. Not to mention, they provide several health benefits.

What can I substitute for sweet potato?

Some other high-starch vegetables similar to sweet potatoes include yams, cassava, pumpkin, and winter squashes.

 

What is acorn squash?

 

whole acorn squash

 

Although considered a winter squash, the acorn squash is from the same family as summer squash, including zucchini. This vegetable has a mild buttery flavour similar to butternut squash.

What can I substitute for acorn squash?

If acorn squash is not available, you can use any other type of winter squash such as butternut, hubbard, or pumpkin squash.

Adding sweet potatoes and acorn squash to a well-balanced diet will add powerful antioxidants and healthy nutrients to everyday meals. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • I medium size acorn squash
  • 1 medium size sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, for dairy free option (2 Tbsp. coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp. minced or grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • Sea salt and GF freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: fresh chives or fresh rosemary
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    Instructions

  • Place acorn squash and sweet potato on a baking sheet (pierce potato couple of times with a knife.) Bake at 375 F for 1 hour or until knife cuts in easily into both veggies. Sweet potato may take longer depending on the size of the potato
  • Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and spoon out the flesh into a bowl
  • Peel the sweet potato, and add it to the squash. Mash together until smooth
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix until light and creamy
  • Serve hot with a garnish of fresh chives or rosemary
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    4 Responses to Sweet Potato And Acorn Squash Mash

    • Sharron November 14, 2020

      Very nice blend of flavours.

      • Kristina November 14, 2020

        thank you!

    • PATRICK l ROBERTSON September 19, 2021

      What temperature for one hour?

      • Kristina September 19, 2021

        sorry Patrick, 375 F I updated the recipe details. Thank you for asking

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