YUM! Grain free stuffed acorn squash is an easy dish that will please the whole family. As we avoid nightshades in our house, we do not eat regular potatoes (tons of sweet potatoes, of course). Squash has become a favorite when we crave that starchy fix (along with our infamous turnip noodles). Stuffed acorn squash was always one of my favorite recipes – but I avoided it for so long when I cut out all grains. Then I realized, why do I even need grains to make this great? You can pull together this easy dish without any grains and just rely on the delicious juices of the stuffing (organic turkey or grassfed beef)
The best part about our grain free stuffed acorn squash is how simple it is. We try to make all of our recipes “chef friendly” for any skill level. This one ranks at the top for simplicity. It is a regular in our meal plans and we tend to eat this dish 2-3 times a month.
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- Two organic acorn squash
- 1lb of ground turkey or ground beef
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric
- 1 cup of pepitas (leave out if avoiding seeds)
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
First you will want to prepare the acorn squash. Cut the acorn squash directly in half. Scoop out seeds (similar to removing pumpkin guts during Halloween time). Preheat the oven to 375°. Drizzle the acorn squash with olive oil and top with sea salt, pepper, turmeric, and garlic powder. Put in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the squash starts to golden.
While the squash is in the oven, you will want to prepare the turkey/ground-beef for stuffing. Lightly coat skillet in olive oil. Cook the meat with garlic, turmeric, sea salt, and pepper until cooked through (add pepitas if desired). Be sure to save any juices that are in the pan – this is delicious to drizzle into the squash before stuffing.
When the squash is done, take out of the oven. Pour the juice from the meat into the acorn squash bowl and stuff meat to the top! Drizzle maple syrup and cinnamon. Place back into the oven for 7 minutes. Remove and you’re done!
The beauty of this dish is it’s simplicity. It serves a vegetable and the main protein in one unique delicious “bowl”. Simply place on dish and serve as is! This dish is great in the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. The flavors of the stuffing soaked into the acorn squash will leave you wanting more. And more. And more. Grain free stuffed acorn squash is truly a winner!