Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stuffed Acorn Squash

It's fall and that means there are squashes everywhere. The stores are clogged with them, both for decoration and for eating.

I'll be honest, I wasn't much of a squash eater in the past. I'd have it at a restaurant if they served it as seasonal vegetables or something of that nature, but otherwise it really wasn't something that I would necessarily make at home.

This year that changed! When we planted our garden, I wanted to do a variety so both us and Juliet would have a good mixture of nutrients. When our neighbors then offered us some of their acorn squash, I jumped on it!

It's so much sweeter than the spaghetti squash and butternut squash that I have made. It's seriously so good. By the way, did I mention this is clean AND Paleo? Pretty much can't get better than that.

1 medium sized acorn squash
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 granny smith apple
1 cup chopped cranberries (raisins also work)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or more! It's a great crunch)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
dash cloves
1 tbs olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash in half, then scoop the insides out. After the squash is cleaned, lightly coat with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet, cut side down. Bake for 15-25 minutes, until the squash is almost able to be pierced easily with a fork.

As the squash is baking, brown the turkey on the stove. When it has been browned, add the onions, apples, and spices. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring often, until apples are soft and the onions are almost translucent.

Remove mixture from heat and mix in walnuts and cranberries.

Flip squash over, then fill inside cavity with meat mixture. Place back into the oven for at least 5 minutes, or until squash is able to be pulled easily from the sides of the skin.

Enjoy a big bowl of fall!

**We had leftover meat mixture that I used with eggs the next day for breakfast. So delicious! Feel free to also add some pure maple syrup, it's a great sweetness addition to the meal.

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  1. Yum, this sounds delicious! Can't wait to give it a try!


    1. It's soooo good. I will be making it this weekend again, for sure!

  2. This looks delicious! I love adding sweet with savory in my dishes. I will definitely have to give this one a try.



    1. So do I! It's always a bonus for me when it's also easy and healthy.

  3. I love squash, but I've never stuffed it with such yumminess before!!! I'll have to try this asap, especially since acorn squash is on sale right now!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

    1. I had never tried acorn squash before, and it's something we will for sure be having again!