Sunday, October 18, 2009

Stuffed Acorn Squash

We just consumed one of the yummiest dinners!! It was healthy, flavorful, affordable and I made it up! I thought I'd share a picture and the recipe with anyone who wants to try it, because, Dang! it was good! Here's what I did:

2 acorn squash
1 cup of rice
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 lb ground turkey
1-2 handfuls of fresh or frozen spinach
1-2 roma tomatoes
4 oz cheddar (or fontina would be yummy!) cheese in 1/4 inch cubes
2 handfuls of parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Put cup of rice on to cook.
Cut squash in half. (Brian would tell you to use a samurai sword or a circular saw to accomplish this task.) Season with salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Place cut side down in a baking dish. Place in oven for 30 min.
While the rice and squash are cooking, chop onions, garlic and tomatoes. In a skillet, sautee onions and garlic until slightly caramelized. Add ground turkey (season with some salt and pepper) and sautee until brown. Add spinach (season with some salt and pepper) and cook until spinach is done. Add cooked rice and both cheeses and stir until well incorporated. Taste test for seasoning level. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
When the timer goes off for the squash, remove from oven. Turn squash over in baking dish to form bowls. Fill each squash with the meat mixture. Cover dish with foil and bake for another 30 min.

That's it! It was beyond yummy! Everyone loved it. We'll look forward to making this dish again several times this fall while squash is in season.