Side Dish: Herb Crusted Acorn Squash

I really wish it was my birthday. Only because I want to have an excuse to buy myself a layered gluten free cake. I’ve been craving one really bad lately. No clue why, but I want one. I NEED one. Ok, I don’t actually need it but I like to dream about it. So instead of eating cake, I’ll eat this instead. It’s slightly sweet, carbilicious, and delightful. But then I don’t get a sugar coma.

Remember how I told you last week that I had such a bad stomach ache that I couldn’t stand up? And when you guys all told me I either had a tape worm or an appendicitis? Well, thankfully the stomach ache went away. And I feel fine. So I think it’s gone. And there are no worms in my intestines. Hooray!

I think some bad stomach virus has been going around. And I think that because I had a friend come into town that had it. And there is no eating or drinking while on that virus. It’s close to impossible. He about exploded on the airplane. Flying while sick is probably the worst experience ever. But flying while having a massive stomach virus that makes you vomit every 14 seconds is way worse. Thankfully it goes away in a day. Seriously gone. We even went go kart racing the next day. Imagine almost losing all of your insides one day then going up to 50 mph in a small open kart. So weird.

But let’s talk about the racing. We went to a place called Unser Racing in Denver. I had never been there before but it was this giant facility where you get to wear all the gear and race to your hearts desire. The thing is, I’ve never had a ton of desire in my heart to race. I remember trying to race people in high school in my ’97 Honda Civic, but usually failing. Mostly because I was scared to get a ticket. I’m not a huge break-the-law kind of girl. I may opinionated and not believe in a lot of the rules that law puts in place, but I’m sure as hell not going to mess with them.

Anywho, I’m not very good at this whole racing thing. We did two races and the first one I was absolutely dead last. Then during the second one, this little scrawny kid spun out almost instantly because he was so out of control, so in a spur of luck, I didn’t finish last. It’s crazy how hard controlling a little racing vehicle is. But that adrenaline spike made me hyper all night. I pretty much couldn’t stop talking after it. I see why there are little racing nerds there obsessed with beating their times and showing everyone else up. There was this one guy there that obviously spent about $25k per year on just racing go karts. He was super good, but I’m guessing super broke. And without girlfriend.

Psssst! Don’t forget about my huge giveaway I posted on Monday!


Side Dish: Herb Crusted Acorn Squash

  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 medium acorn squash (or any other kind of winter squash you’d prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter (or coconut oil, lard, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (dried would work, too)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced (dried would work, too)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • pinch of pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut acorn squash in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Cut the acorn squash between the ridges or about 1/4-1/2 inch slices. I kept the skin on because it is edible but you can peel the skin before cooking, if you like.
  3. In a large mixing bowl melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Place the acorn squash slices in the butter and mix until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle the almond flour mixture into the large bowl with the acorn squash and toss with hands to coat.
  6. Place coated slices on a parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.

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34 thoughts on “Side Dish: Herb Crusted Acorn Squash”

  1. I never knew acorn squash skin was edible! Thanks for that info… and this sounds delish. Adding to next week’s dinner menu 🙂

  2. I have all of these ingredients just lying around my kitchen! How handy! What do you think they’d make a good side dish for? Chicken? Beef? Pork? Seafood? Hmmm….

  3. I’m new to Paleo, so I’ve just started getting some of the basic ingredients. So far I have coconut flour and tapioca flour, would either of those work in place of the almond flour?

  4. BEST acorn squash I’ve ever had (who knew the skin was so amazing??). Ate my leftovers from dinner for lunch just now, and I swear to you it tasted even better. I will never prepare acorn squash another way. Juli, you’re my hero.

  5. juli , loved this recipe. I have been looking for a new savory way to make acorn squash and this was delicious. I used hazelnut flour and it was so tasty! Love your blog and cookbook 🙂

  6. Juli,
    Thanks again for an amazing recipe! I was wondering if the acorn is supposed to be crunchy?

  7. Juli,
    I love your blog!!!! I have been following it for a while now! Just a quick question, do you think I could used zucchini instead of acorn squash?

  8. Whoa!!! Those are so good. I did not have almond flour or the fresh herbs. I just put together a spice mix I already had and those are delicious!!!

  9. This recipe is really good. I made 1/2 of the acorn squash because I wasn’t sure if I liked it or now. Wish I had made the entire squash now! Also, your pork steak marinade was a hit!

  10. Such a tasty treat! This is a great little recipe… easy, too. Never had the skin before and it cooks up nicely (less noticeable than a potato skin). I’ve added this recipe to my faves list! Thanks Juli!

  11. I have to admit, I was skeptical. I’ve been looking for a new squash recipe to add a little variety to the butternut, yellow, spaghetti..Zzzzz rotation, and I was completely surprised. The squash cooked perfectly and the flavors are a zesty meld. A great new Zone staple I can make for a week’s worth of meals.


  12. I made this recipe this weekend and omg it is so easier and so tasty. I have always loved vegs and fruit however since starting my Paleo journey this March I have been trying different vegs and so loving it.

  13. I made this last night to go with our roasted chicken and it was SO good. We’d never tried acorn squash before and I was eating it like candy. This is a keeper, going in the weekly rotation! Thank you, I love all your recipes! 🙂

  14. Made this last night as a side dish for some sausage patties, and holy crap are they delicious!!! I couldn’t get enough of them! If you haven’t made these yet, you are definitely missing out.

  15. This was the best acorn squash I have ever tasted! Perfect for Whole 30 and completely tastey! Will definitely make it again. Also, everyone was really hesitant to eat the skin as all of us always assumed it was not edible. Not only was it edible but added to quality of the dish, giving the squash a little more “bite” and texture.

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