As newly-weds my husband would not eat sweet peas, squash or eggplant but he loved rutabaga. I, on the other hand would eat any vegetable, except eggplant and I have to tell you rutabaga was something I almost had to choke down. Other than that, any vegetable was fair game for both of us and to this day, while our tastes have changed a bit, vegetables play a large role in our diet. Honestly, the only vegetable neither of us eats is eggplant. That may be because I don't cook it right. I don't know. At any rate, any vegetable other than eggplant is fair game in our home.
By far my favourite winter squash is acorn squash which gets it's name from its shape that resembles an acorn. It is rich in Vitamins A (beta carotene) and C as well as a good source of potassium. It has a bit lighter flavour than some of larger, darker fleshed winter squashes. In season, large acorn squash will be as cheap as 5/$1 or 20¢ each but even off season, they are still quite inexpensive. The beauty of acorn squash is it can be baked, grilled, steamed or microwaved without removing the hard outer skin.
Simply cut in half and scoop out the seeds with connective tissue. The squash is now ready to prepare for baking or grilling. Don't discard the seeds! Place the seeds in a colander and rinse well to remove the connecting tissue. Place the seeds on a mesh tray to dry. The dried seeds can be saved for next year's garden or they can be roasted in the oven for a delightful, nutritious snack.
That is just how quick and easy it is to prepare acorn squash for baking, microwaving or grilling. The same prep without the butter and salt is used when steaming except the squash is turned cut side down in the steaming basket.
Acorn squash baked or grilled takes about the same amount of time as baked potatoes, usually about 45 minutes. If cooking on the grill, the prepared squash should be put on the top rack of the outdoor grill. I place the prepared squash on a Silpat lined baking sheet when cooking in the oven to prevent any leakage onto the floor of the oven.