Case in point: I was in the store last weekend and saw acorn squash for $0.99 each! I threw two of them into my basket with nary a second thought. I had no idea what I was actually going to DO with them, but it didn't matter--they were 99 cents!! ...now that I think about it, I apply the same principle when shopping for clothes and jewelry... *sigh* That explains a lot.
Questionable shopping habits aside, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS SQUASH. Oh my dang. I've seen it used most often as a dessert, typically drenched in some dreadfully delicious combination of butter, honey, syrup, cinnamon, or sugar, turning an otherwise healthy vegetable into an artery-clogging calorie bomb!
- 2 Acorn squash
- 1 pound sausage
- 1/2 onion, finely diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces Crimini (baby Bella) mushrooms, diced
- 2 apples, diced (I used Honeycrisp!)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (I didn't really measure this)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- Ground sage and dried basil (to taste; I didn't measure)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400; spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Trim the ends from the acorn squash and cut in half (not lengthwise); remove seeds and pulp. If you've cut it correctly, the halves should look like pretty orange flowers! :) Drizzle halves with a teaspoon (or more if needed) of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and add onion. Saute until translucent--2-5 minutes; then add mushrooms and continue to saute. Add garlic and saute for about one minute, then add sausage and brown until cooked through. Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add apples last (to help them keep their shape and flavor).
Season with sage and basil; add salt and pepper to taste. Fill the prepared squash halves with stuffing; and top with another sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Bake for another 20 minutes at 400; serve hot.
Nutrition Facts- Servings: 4-6 • Size: 1/2 stuffed squash • Calories: 534 • Fat: 29.1 g • Carbs: 46.9 g • Fiber• 5.9 g • Protein: 23.4 g • Sugars: 10.2 g