Low Carb Acorn Squash with Gremolata and Pecans

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    30 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    45 min

Low Carb Acorn Squash with Gremolata and Pecans

Acorn squash can be an enjoyable part of Targeted or Cyclical Keto. If a high fiber carb source, like acorn squash, is paired with plenty of healthy fats, the glycemic response will be lower. This is helpful to overall health and wellness! Fresh acorn squash is halved and seeded, then roasted until sweet and soft. The roasted squash is then filled with Bulgarian feta, toasted pecans, and fresh gremolata. The bright tart flavors of the gremolata pair so well with the feta and toasted nuts. This dish works great as a hearty Thanksgiving side dish.

How do I know acorn squash is cooked?

Acorn squash is cooked when the skin has gone from matte to shiny, and a paring knife will easily go through the flesh.

What is Gremolata?

Gremolata is a low carb Italian condiment made from freshly minced garlic, grated lemon zest, chopped parsley, and salt and pepper. It is excellent on steak or pork chops and equally delicious on acorn squash. You might have leftovers from this recipe, so feel free to store it in the fridge and place it on top of a seared steak. It is super easy to make with an enormous punch of flavor.

Is acorn squash Keto?

There is no such thing as a Keto food as being in Ketosis is a metabolic state. Acorn can be worked into a Keto diet around workouts (targeted Keto), or you can use it on higher carb days (Cyclical Keto). Some people have enough muscle mass to handle more carbs and can incorporate things like acorn squash daily.

What if I can’t find Bulgarian feta?

Bulgarian feta is the extra tangy, delicious cousin to feta cheese. You can find it in most Mediterranean markets. If you can’t find it, regular feta cheese will do.

Serving suggestions

Since acorn squash is higher in carbs, it is best to pair it with some proteins and healthy fats. A great meal to pair it with would be Keto Seared Steak and Compound Butter https://www.carbmanager.com/recipe/keto-seared-steak-with-compound-butter.

  • Net Carbs

    9.9 g

  • Fiber

    4.6 g

  • Total Carbs

    14.5 g

  • Protein

    2.9 g

  • Fats

    8.6 g

136 cals

Low Carb Acorn Squash with Gremolata and Pecans

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  • Acorn Squash

    Acorn Squash

    1-½ pound

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    1 tablespoon

  • Parsley


    ½ cup, chopped

  • Garlic


    4 clove

  • Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    2 tsp

  • Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    ½ tsp

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Pecans


    2 ounce

  • Feta Cheese

    Feta Cheese

    2 ounce

Recipe Steps

steps 5

45 min

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425 F. While the oven is preheating, place the pecans on a baking sheet and toast them for about 4 minutes.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Line a half rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise and use a spoon to remove the seeds. You can save the seeds for roasting as a great snack later on too.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Drizzle the cut side of the acorn squash with the olive oil. Then turn them flat side down on the parchment paper and rub them onto the paper to distribute the oil evenly. Leave them flat side down. Place the squash in the oven and roast them for about 30 minutes or until the skin is shiny and a paring knife stuck into the squash goes through easily.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    In the meantime, prepare the gremolata. Wash and shake off as much excess water from the parsley as possible. Chop about 2 cups of parsley into a mince and add it to a small mixing bowl (should be about ½ cup chopped). Grate the zest of a lemon and add it to the parsley. Mince the garlic very fine and add this as well. Add the salt and pepper to the mixture. Mix well and taste it, adding more salt to your taste.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Remove the squash from the oven and fill them with crumbled feta cheese, the toasted pecans and then the gremolata. Serve immediately.
    Step 5

Comments 1

  • RemarkableKetone352554

    RemarkableKetone352554 a year ago

    Delicious and easy. Will definitely make again 😄