Winter: that time of year when we need something to warm our bellies! Warming up with comfort food does not need to mean loads of empty calories or out of season, expensive produce. Try this one-dish dinner for an easy, go-to meal!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Feeling extra hungry? Serve the squash alongside a salad with spinach, pear, avocado, and bell pepper with a balsamic vinaigrette. You may find yourself with extra stuffing. It makes a great lunch over greens! Farro is the Italian name for emmer wheat, an “ancient grain” originally cultivated in the Middle East. Farro is very rich in fiber, and has a roasted, nutty flavor. It is popular in Italy. Farro contains gluten, so if you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, use a brown or wild rice instead.
- 2 acorn squash
- 1/2 lb pork sausage (grass-fed or organic is best)
- 1/2 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced carrot
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 diced apple
- 1 cup cooked farro (see package for cooking details)
- 1/4 cup toasted pinenuts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Halve acorn squash and scoop out seeds. Place acorn squash in a shallow baking dish with 1/2 in water and bake until squash can be pierced with a fork.
- While the squash is baking:
- Cook the farro according to the package directions. Set aside.
- Brown the pork sausage until cooked through. Set aside.
- Brown the ground turkey and mix in the Italian seasoning. Set aside on a plate or bowl with the pork sausage. Remember, you should not cook two different meats in the same pan as they have different cooking times.
- Add 1 tbsp butter or olive oil to pan. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook for 2 minutes and then add apple. Cook until onion is translucent.
- Mix sausage, ground turkey, farro, and pinenuts into the pan with the onion, carrot, celery, and apple. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Put stuffing into the center of each squash half.
- Drizzle each half with maple syrup. Place stuffed squash in oven for 10-15 minutes.