Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe (and our garden update)

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe (and our garden update) :: Vintage Kids | Modern World

My garden is planted and I’m hoping this year looks as good as last year…

I’m always in disbelief when I plant those tiny little seeds. “This won’t work” – I say every year. I really have NO idea what I’m doing. And sometimes things don’t work out  – but for the most part they do.

This year we added a third raised bed. I’m not sure if that was the best idea considering Baby #2 will arrive right in the midst of our garden’s future glory. But I really had my eyes on mowing less lawn during the hot summer months and another bed, along with 2 blueberry bushes, a yellow raspberry bush, and a blackberry bush seemed to be the perfect additions to our little urban homestead.

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe (and our garden update) :: Vintage Kids | Modern World

Unfortunately, getting rid of the grass takes A LOT of work. Time is something I don’t have much of these days and so I’m also starting to question why I decided to start a hosta garden on another “useless” piece of lawn that’s only purpose is to make me mow it. On top of these things I received a truckload of composted duck manure as a birthday present from my parents (This makes me smile. Chris does not have the same reaction.) that is just sitting in our driveway blocking the entrance to our garage. AND…I’m planning on picking up two truckloads of wood mulch this week.

Needless to say, I will not be posting any current pictures. Things don’t look so great right now. Patches of dug grass clogging our driveway. Weeds growing where mulch needs to be laid. Long grass with no time to mow. I’m sure our neighbors think I’m nuts and may be a bit perturbed at the current state of things. But all good things come to those who wait…and WORK.

I’m determined…and hoping I can accomplish it all within the next couple of weeks (especially so we can get into our garage again!).

Why go through all this trouble?

  • I’m stubborn (or determined as I like to call it). Why should all this extra baby weight deter me from pushing wheelbarrows full of mulch around the entire property or bending over with a bulging belly while digging up my entire lawn?
  • Weeds. Need I say more. Mulch HELPS so much.
  • I LOVE working outside. Pre-kids, I would spend full days working outside. Now on lucky days I only have at most 1 ½ – 3 hours while Isa is sleeping. I’ve tried having her with me but it just doesn’t work. I’d need a leash.
  • I’ve always wanted my entire yard to be garden (cutting flowers, veggies, fruit trees, berries, herbs…)
  • The bounty! The fruit of my labor. The first fruits are SO satisfying. And continue, and continue, and continue to satisfy.

One of the bountiful crops we had last year was acorn squash. It provided for us through most of the winter and I just recently got a hunger for it again. It’s not even close to being in season but I happened to see them in the grocery store and they looked so good – until I opened them up at home. They were almost white inside. No color. No homegrown sweetness. It was a disappointment. But it provided the base for our meal (Stuffed Acorn Squash) and it’s one that we enjoy again and again. It’s versatile. I use what I have on hand.

The recipe is below, though really there is no recipe since you throw in whatever you like!

                                                                              

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Ingredients

  • Acorn Squash (typically one squash for every two people, but adjust depending on size of squash)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • Fillings:
  • Celery, Apple, Ground Sausage
  • Onion, Celery, Carrots, Ground Beef
  • Onion, Mushrooms, Garlic
  • Or simply…butter or coconut oil, diced apples. cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Rice (omit, or substitute pepitas if grain free)
  • Raisins / Other Dried Fruit
  • Nuts / Seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Bread Crumbs *(omit if grain free)

Instructions

  1. Cut squash in half.
  2. Remove seeds and save for roasting.
  3. Place cut sides down in a pan with a shallow amount of water (approximately 1/2 inch deep).
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes at 375 or until almost soft.
  5. While squash is baking prepare your filling by sauteing the items of your choice over low heat until tender.
  6. Once squash can be easily pierced with a fork, remove from oven and carefully place each 1/2 squash on a plate.
  7. Using your fillings of choice, place a heaping amount into the hollowed out squash.
  8. Top with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  9. Enjoy!
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    • Thanks! I love the blocks because my husband doesn’t really enjoy working outside and this is something that I can easily make/do myself! 🙂 It’s worked out well so far and the best part is that they don’t rot.

      • That’s right, they don’t. And you can even plant in the holes if you want ..like some trailing herbs or something. Don’t know how old you are , but we were newly marrieds in the 70s , when all cash-strapped homemakers made bookshelves from planks and besser blocks. First they were in the living room, then repainted and moved to our son’s bedroom when he was baby. Still have them somewhere downstairs. Must hunt them out for recycling.

        • i never had those but i know what you are talking about. i’m of the age where we used old milk crates to make bookshelves. 🙂
          many people have told me to plant marigolds in them (i like your herb idea better!) but the reason i haven’t is that i often walk on top of them especially after the produce has gotten SO large that there is little room in between the beds. this photo is actually from last year and this year i added paving stones on top of the blocks so that they are easy to walk on. plus it makes kneeling easier and more comfortable for my planting and little bit of weeding that is required.

  1. You should bring Isa over here for us to play with so you can get some more things done! We would love to have her! I am being serious, call us! Or my boys could play in your yard with her while I help you move things along a little more quickly. Call me any time….

  2. The stuffed acorn squash looks delicious. Yum. Duck manure … what a great birthday present! I think I have hosed a lot of that from around our swimming pool .. no wonder the surrounding grass is so verdant.

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