Tripp to Health
Our adventures in healthy eating.
What's For Dinner? Stuffed Acorn Squash
So I’ve had an acorn squash sitting around for a while, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. I used to always bake it and then put butter and brown sugar in it. I admit, this was delicious, but I’ve been trying hard to avoid adding sugar to things! So I found this recipe on www.stupideasypaleo.com and it was Awesome!!!
Ingredients for Stuffed Acorn Squash
(Adapted from www.stupideasypaleo.com)
- 1 large acorn squash
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 apple, any variety
- 6 slices of bacon
- 2 teaspoons of thyme
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
The ingredients above are what I used. The original recipe also called for sage, rosemary, and nutmeg, but I didn’t have any of these… so I just left them out and it still tasted great!!
Here is what I did!
Directions for Stuffed Acorn Squash:
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Cut the squash in half and scoop the seeds out. Place on a baking sheet and roast until it’s tender, approximately 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. **While the squash is baking, prepare the stuffing. You could also make the stuffing ahead of time.
- Dice the apple and onion into medium-sized pieces. Slice the bacon into pieces.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until softened and translucent. Add the apples and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Remove the bacon/onion/apple mixture to a large bowl.
- In the same skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef. (If the beef is not grass-fed, you may want to drain it before adding the spices and herbs). Add all spices and herbs. Pour the ground beef into the same large bowl. Stir to combine.
- Use a spoon to scoop out some of the flesh and mix into the beef.
- Fill the squash boats with the beef mixture.
- Return the squash to the oven and bake another 5-15 minutes at 375ºF until everything is heated through.
This turned out so good that Jared didn't even add Sriracha sauce!!