To celebrate the last day of September (or “October’s Eve” I guess we could call it…?), I really got into fall flavors and busted out the acorn squash.
Reasons to love acorn squash:
- Tons of Vitamin A&C
- Good source of fiber
- Super easy to prep – just halve and scoop out the seeds
- Cheap! Around these parts squash is as cheap as a buck a gourd
- Squash can be used in lots of the same ways as potatoes, but real talk: squash is WAY better for you.
So now that you love acorn squash too, here’s one of my favorite ways to prepare it. The sweetness of the squash, onion, pumpkin, and cinnamon are perfect with the salty bite of the blue cheese and the heat of the cayenne.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Caramelized Onion + Blue Cheese
1 acorn squash, halved and scooped out
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
3 cups spinach
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1 can (14.5oz) crushed tomatoes
1/2 can (14.5oz) pumpkin puree
1 tbsp coconut oil
Blue cheese crumbles
Cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, sea salt, cracked black pepper
Preheat your oven to 375.
Rub the squash halves with a bit of oil, dust with salt and pepper, and let it roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes while you prepare the filling.
Heat up the coconut oil in a big skillet on medium-high and add the onion with a bit of salt. Let it cook until browned and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Add your mushrooms and ground turkey, and stir occasionally until the turkey is browned. Mix in the spinach – it should wilt almost immediately.
Remove the filling from heat and stir in the crushed tomatoes and pumpkin puree. Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne (I don’t really measure, just a healthy shake of each) and a good sprinkling of both salt and pepper.
Take the squash out of the oven and scoop the filling into the halves until they’re super full but not overflowing. Top with a few pinches of blue cheese crumbles and return to the oven for everything to cook together for another 15 minutes.
This obviously makes two halves and would serve two people (or one super hungry person, no judgment here). You’ll probably have a bit of filling left over – you can either reuse it for stuffed squash or sweet potatoes on another night, or I also like to mix it in with some quinoa and top with more blue cheese.