November 13, 2011

at this time last year i was a pregnant person in hiding. wedged into my puffy vest and strategically draped with a scarf- no one knew my little secret! but the squash. the squash knew. squash was making me sick. it haunted me. i could hardly stand the sight of it. the smell was worse. if you had told me then that i would be eating squash right now i would've gagged. but here i am, squashing it up!


no really, i am squash-smitten. i have been roasting squash night after night. it doesn't get old. cut them open (ask your strong husband for help) throw them in a pan and dinner is already started! i am reveling in my new-found friend of a vegetable. on friday night, we ate one of my favorite squashy recipes so far: yummy savory goodness stuffed into the heart of a silky sweet acorn squash, and topped with cilantro! you have to, guys. you just have to. 


stuffed acorn squash 

2 acorn squash
1 lb. ground beef (we just got a bunch of grass-fed for our freezer!)
1-2 tsp. a mix of sausage-like seasonings.. i used parsley, sage, thyme, nutmeg, cloves
3 T. coconut oil or butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
handful fresh cilantro, torn for topping

1. preheat oven to 400. cut squash in half and use an ice cream scoop to remove seeds. place halves, cut-side down, in a glass baking dish. put about 1/2 inch of water in bottom of the pan to prevent bottoms from burning. roast for 1 hour.

2. while squash roasts, sauté onion and peppers, then brown the ground beef in the same pan. add herbs and garlic as you go. keep warm until ready to fill the squashes.
3. after one hour, remove squash from oven. add a dollop of coconut oil or butter to each half. mound the stuffing into the 4 halves, top with fresh cilantro, and dig in


yummmm. i cannot wait to make this again!
another squarshy idea coming soon.. you should get excited now. it's gonna be good.


Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Yum this sounds delicious!

Laura Railing said...

Just a tip: Bake the squash and then cut it in half. It is easy peasy this way and no risk of injuries. ;-) I do this with any squash no matter the use because it always needs cooked first. If you just want it partway cooked, cook for 40 minutes and then add seasonings and meat, etc. If you need it cooked all the way cook about an hour.

leslie@realfoodfreaks said...

I love the picture of the empty squash! I scrape my squash that clean too!

Tawnya said...

We love stuffed squash too and have a couple recipe we love! It's also good with granny smith apple chopped up for a tangy sweet-with-meat taste...if you're into that:) So glad you're "squashing it up" now:)

Heidi said...

You can also microwave the squash for 2-3 min. Just enough to easily cut into it. Ready to finish off baking in the oven.

summer said...

thanks for the great cooking options, guys!

ChelseaF said...

My mom just gave me a recipe like this today! Perfect, because acorn squash is what my kids picked this week at the store to try! (we've been learning about getting what's in season and healthy for our bodies) My mom said she added diced apples, onion, breadcrumbs and an egg to browned sausage, then topped it all with cheese...not as healthy as your version, so I may just have to try both. ;) Thanks for sharing!

Emma said...

I am now officially hungry! This looks so scrumptious! :)

Learning to Simply Live said...

Summer, I made this tonight for my dad's birthday get together. SO easy and SO yummy. Everyone said it was delicious! Thanks for another fantastic recipe :)

Amy said...

Yum; keep the seasonal posts coming! I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves for the holidays this year!

kami said...

Yum, I loved it!!



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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