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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Marsh

Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash: A Nutritious Plant-Based Delight

apple stuffed acorn squash

Welcome to my week-long celebration of all things apple! Today, I'm sharing a mouthwatering recipe that spotlights the beloved apple in a savory and nutritious way. This Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash is a perfect addition to your autumn menu, combining the natural sweetness of apples with the earthy richness of walnuts and quinoa.

Healthy Benefits:
  • Apples: Apples are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and various antioxidants. They may help support heart health, aid in digestion, and contribute to weight management.

  • Walnuts: Walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. They are beneficial for brain health, reducing inflammation, and may lower the risk of certain chronic diseases.

  • Quinoa: Quinoa is a complete protein source, providing all essential amino acids. It's also high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, promoting satiety and aiding in digestion.

  • Cranberries: Dried cranberries are rich in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. They may help prevent urinary tract infections and support immune function.

  • 2 medium-sized acorn squashes

  • 2 apples, diced (choose a crisp variety like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley for garnish

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Cut the acorn squashes in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and brush the insides with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them cut side down on a baking sheet, and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the flesh is tender.

  3. While the squashes are baking, prepare the stuffing. In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until they become fragrant and translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

  4. Add the diced apples, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and dried thyme to the skillet. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until the apples are slightly softened and the mixture is well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Stir in the cooked quinoa and mix everything together for an additional 2 minutes.

  6. Once the acorn squashes are done baking, remove them from the oven and flip them over. Fill each squash half with the apple and walnut stuffing.

  7. Place the stuffed squashes back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until they are heated through and the tops are slightly browned.

  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot. Enjoy your nutritious and delicious plant-based meal!

Nutrition Facts (per serving, makes 4 servings):
  • Calories: 320

  • Total Fat: 16g

    • Saturated Fat: 2g

  • Sodium: 220mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 45g

    • Dietary Fiber: 8g

    • Sugars: 14g

  • Protein: 7g

Recommended Storage:

Store any leftover stuffed acorn squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, place them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Serving Suggestions:
  1. Mixed Greens Salad: Serve your Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash alongside a refreshing mixed greens salad drizzled with a simple vinaigrette. The crisp greens will complement the richness of the stuffed squash.

  2. Cranberry Sauce: A dollop of homemade cranberry sauce or chutney adds a burst of sweet and tangy flavor to your dish. It's a classic pairing that enhances the autumnal vibes.

  3. Grilled Asparagus: Lightly seasoned and grilled asparagus spears make an excellent side dish. Their mild, earthy flavor pairs well with the sweet and savory elements of the stuffed squash.

  4. Warm Cider: For a cozy fall meal, consider pairing your stuffed acorn squash with a warm glass of apple cider. It's the ultimate comfort drink to complement your nutritious meal.

  5. Crusty Bread or Rolls: Serve with a side of freshly baked crusty bread or rolls to soak up any delicious juices from the squash and stuffing. It's perfect for a hearty and satisfying meal.

  6. Roasted Vegetables: Add variety to your plate by serving the stuffed squash with a medley of roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. The roasted flavors will harmonize with the dish.

  7. Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle some fresh chopped herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage over the stuffed acorn squash just before serving. The aromatic herbs will elevate the dish's flavors and appearance.

Feel free to mix and match these serving suggestions to create a well-balanced and visually appealing meal. Whether you're hosting a special gathering or enjoying a cozy dinner at home, these pairings will enhance your Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash experience.

Celebrate apple season with our Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash. It's a delightful blend of sweet and savory, perfect for fall. Enjoy the flavors and the health benefits of this nutritious dish. Make it your star dinner choice this season. 🍎🍂

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Additionally, I do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information provided in this recipe. Nutritional values may vary depending on the specific ingredients used and portion sizes.

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