Stuffed Acorn Squash…packed with flavor!

This post was written by my foodie sister Robin, who is now sharing all of her favorite recipes and kitchen tips regularly on the new “Make It and Love It – in the KITCHEN” portion of this blog. Try a few of her recipes…your belly will thank you! -Ashley

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Okay guys, I know the acorn squash is not a very popular produce item. It sits around the grocery store, hardly being touched. It doesn’t draw a crowd like the tomato or the onion (and the onion even smells funny but draws a bigger crowd….what’s up with that?!!). Maybe we should give the acorn squash a few one-liners in order get the conversation going, because, come on — he’s actually pretty tasty!

 

Haha. But really, sometimes it’s nice to try a different veggie on the table, rather than the standard broccoli/peas/salad/etc. Don’t you get tired of those? I do.

 

Okay, so next time you’re at the grocery store, grab one of those lonely acorn squash, cook it up, and then add some delicious filling inside. Healthy AND packed with flavor. Yum.

 Stuffed Acorn Squash...a quick dish and full of flavor! --- Make It and Love It (in the KITCHEN)

 

 

 

This recipe is actually something my dad made growing up and we ate it quite a bit. Especially during the huge Fat Free craze back in the 90′s. Were you in on that? So we always made this with fat free cottage cheese…..as a delicious way to replace butter. However, I no longer use fat free cottage cheese, because, well, don’t mess with my cheeses. :)

 

But I promise — you won’t miss the standard buttering of your squash, once you try this little mixture.  Cheesy, a hint of sweet, and savory.  Yum.  A perfect combination for the overlooked squash.

 

Stuffed Acorn Squash...a quick dish and full of flavor! --- Make It and Love It (in the KITCHEN)

 

 

And hey, only 4 ingredients and 10-15 minutes of your time (most of which is just waiting for the squash to cook) — this side dish will become your new favorite!

 Stuffed Acorn Squash...a quick dish and full of flavor! --- Make It and Love It (in the KITCHEN)

 

 

 

Ready to stuff your squash??

 

 

Shopping List:

  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 1 cup cottage Cheese
  • ½ cup Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 Green Onions

 

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First, you want to cut the acorn in half, cutting from the stem to the tip, and through to the other side.

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Scoop out the seeds and the pulp with a spoon. Just like pumpkin, you can roast the seeds and eat them… but that will be for another day.IMG_8700

 

The fastest way to cook your squash is in the microwave. Yes, you can always bake it, but I have found the the taste and texture is about the same in the microwave…..and so much faster. In fact, it tastes as if it has been steamed, but only better because the flavor of the squash is retained. So, I choose the microwave method every time.

 

So, place the squash halves face down on a glass dish and microwave them for 10-15 minutes depending on the size. (They’re done when softened and the meat is easily pulled apart with a fork.)

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While the squash is cooking, it’s time to prepare the filling.

 

Grab a smallish bowl and dump in 1 cup of cottage cheese. Slice the onions and add them to the cottage cheese. (I actually like to use 3 stalks because I really like green onion but you may just want to use 2 for now and see how you like it. Then, if you can go for more, chop up the third and add it in.)

 

Then, dump the can of pineapple into a colander and let the excess juice drain out. It still has some juices in it but don’t squeeze it out just yet. Scoop up ½ cup of the pineapple and dump it into your hand. Then squeeze out the rest of the excess juice with your hand, as best you can, or your filling will be too wet.

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Add the pineapple to your bowl. Then mix the three ingredients together. Your squash is probably still cooking in the microwave, so you can go do something else right now– flip through a magazine, check your email, put your feet up, whatever you want… :)

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OK your microwave beeped and your squash is ready! Now, you can fill your squash with the filling and slice and serve — OR — if you want to be a little fancy, you can brush the meat of the squash with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and put it on the grill to get some grill marks and add a little bit of a grilled flavor.

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Place directly onto the grill, face down, on medium high heat. All it takes is 2-3 minutes or until you have some nice grill marks and a bit of charred flavor.

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Now, you you can keep them plain and skip the grilling but I wanted this acorn squash to be fancy for you all because, again, this guy needs a popularity boost. :)

 

Now, place your filling inside the pit of each half and slice lengthwise in wedges.

 

Stuffed Acorn Squash...a quick dish and full of flavor! --- Make It and Love It (in the KITCHEN)

 

 

And that’s it. A great side dish, when you need a quick vegetable on the table.

 

Enjoy!

-Robin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

14 Responses to “Stuffed Acorn Squash…packed with flavor!”
  1. 1
    Katie says:

    I love acorn squash, but I don’t eat it very often because I absolutely haaaaate cutting it. Squash in general, so much work :(

  2. 2
    Winter says:

    This looks amazing. Unlike most of North America, I am already enamored with acorn squash . . . and butternut squash . . . spaghetti squash . . . . but I digress. Thank you for another delicious looking recipe. I think I will bake the squash in the oven and add the pineapple juice to the pan, might make a tasty glaze. Thanks again!

  3. 3
    Diane W says:

    I love squash! And my family hates it, but thats perfectly fine….i get to eat it all. I usually make a whole one and save 1/2 for the next day. Im gonna try this recipe.

  4. 4
    Tanisha says:

    I have tried butternut squash, and wasn’t a huge fan. I will give the acorn squash a chance and see!!

  5. 5
    Annie Summer says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I love acorn squash, and cottage cheese with pineapple, so…how could it not be delicious :) thanks!

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    Kindra S. says:

    We planted lots of squash in our garden this year. Hopefully I can try this recipe out with some of those. Always looking for new and different recipes for squash.

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    Julie says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! Will definitely try this!

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