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Eat It To Beat It: Acorn squash

Posted at 5:00 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 07:00:04-04

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Prostate Cancer Foundation tells us 30-percent of cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, including nutrition. Each day on News5, we’ll profile a superfood you can incorporate into your diet.

It’s called the “Eat It To Beat It” challenge.

Today's superfood is acorn squash.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Acorn Squash

Ingredients: 1 medium-large acorn squash, halved and deseeded• 1 whole garlic bulb• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + more for drizzling• 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, finely chopped• 2 tablespoons grated parmesan or nutritional yeast• Salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions:1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.2. Cut off the top of the garlic bulb, so the cloves are exposed. Place bulb on aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Loosely wrap the garlic in the foil and set aside.3. Place squash halves on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. Flip squash halves cut side down. Add the foil-wrapped garlic to the baking sheet. Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until squash is soft and can be pierced through with a fork.4. In a large bowl, add the scraped flesh of the squash, garlic squeezed out of its roasted skin, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sage, parmesan, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher and stir together until smooth.5. Serve warm and optionally top with pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of maple syrup, or more chopped sage.

To sign up for the "eat it to beat it" challenge, click here.

Eat It To Beat It
The Prostate Cancer Foundation picked 30 foods for you to eat during the 30 days of September.