when i was grocery shopping today, i came across a squash display. spaghetti squash. butternut squash. and (ahha) acorn squash. feeling inspired and "fallish", i was compelled to purchase said acorn squash and craft a hearty meal. stuffed acorn squash it is...
stuffed acorn squash for two
1 acorn squash
1/2 large vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 frozen veggies (i chose corn & peas)
1/4 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup red sauce
5 tsp maple syrup (i know that's a weird way to write it, but you'll see why...)
preheat oven to 375. cut acorn squash in 1/2 and scrap out seeds and place cut-side up on a baking sheet. i didn't have butter (oh well) so i did a light spray of butter-flavored cooking spray, a drizzle of syrup (1 tsp on each half) and a sprinkle of sea salt and ground cinnamon. on to the filling...
i then sauteed the onion, (defrosted) veggies, garlic (about 1 tsp) and turkey. i seasoned the filling with another dash of cinnamon & curry, salt, 1 tsp of maple syrup and the red sauce. then i spooned the mixture equally into the two halves (there was a little extra for craig to enjoy) and covered both halves loosely with foil.
then i put the squash in a preheated 375 degree oven and baked it for 30-40 minutes, until flesh was getting tender (check w/ knife). i then removed the foil, drizzled each 1/2 with 1 more teaspoon of syrup and baked for another 15-20 minutes.
the best way to enjoy it is to scoop out all the tender squash and mix/mash/mush with the fillings and dispose of the skin. (it may not be pretty, but it tastes so good!)