Acorn Squash Recipes: What You Need To Know About Stuffed Acorns?
You may have heard about acorn squash recipes before. They are one of the most popular and delicious vegetables in your kitchen. However, they aren’t exactly easy to prepare. Most of them require a long cooking time which makes it difficult to eat raw or even just reheat in a microwave oven.
So what’s the solution?
The answer is to make a stuffed acorn squash. These little guys taste so good and are very healthy too! They’re packed with nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron. If you don’t want to bother preparing the whole thing yourself, then you could always buy pre-made ones online. I’ve already posted some recipes for those here at Paleo Acorn Squash Lasagna (Recipe) .
But if you really want to impress your friends and family, then you need to make your own acorn squash recipes. That way you won’t waste any time when making them.
But how do you go about doing that?
Well, there are several ways. For starters, there are many different types of acorn squash available online. Some of these varieties will cost a bit more than others but the quality will still be high enough for eating right away or even freezing for later use.
If you’re worried about the taste and consistency of your food, then you may wish to use a pressure cooker or at least a quick stovetop method. The idea is to prepare the food properly so it’s soft enough to eat, yet not so mushy that it feels like it’s going to fall apart in your hands. Acorn squash tastes best when it has a consistency that is somewhat firm but still tender enough to cut with a butter knife.
Besides the acorn squash itself, you may also want to top it with something else. This is known as a gilding technique and it helps to make a bland tasting meal into something much more delicious. A healthy way to gild your meal is to add in some berries or a bit of honey for sweetness. You can also drizzle on some olive oil or maybe some coconut butter if you want a richer taste.
There aren’t too many rules when it comes to gilding, so just do whatever you think will taste good.
Now that you know the basics of cooking acorn squash, let’s get to the recipes below. They’re not too difficult to make and I’m sure that you or your family will enjoy them. Just remember to eat these foods while they’re fresh since they do not keep well for very long after cooking.
Acorn Squash Recipes: Acorn Squash Marinara Recipe
Here’s a simple to make acorn squash recipe that will make 6-8 servings. You can easily half the ingredients if you don’t need as much food.
3 cups of acorn squash
1 medium sweet onion
4 garlic cloves
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce (no salt added)
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
.5 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
.5 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 tablespoons of honey (this is optional and could be reduced or eliminated)
Begin by cutting the acorn squash in half from stem to tail and then scoop out the seeds and any stringy membrane. Then, prick the skin all over with a fork to prevent it from bursting. Next, place the 2 halves, cut side down in a microwave-safe casserole with one inch of water. Cover and microwave for 12 to 15 minutes until fork tender.
When done, remove from the oven and let it rest until you can handle it.
While waiting, measure out and finely chop the onion and garlic. Next, in a stock pot, combine the onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, bay leaves, basil, oregano, rosemary and black pepper. Stir well and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Then, reduce the heat to low and let simmer, uncovered for about 20 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, remove the skin from the acorn squash and then scoop out the flesh in strings and chop into cubes. Add the squash to the sauce and continue simmering for about 10 minutes.
When done, remove and discard the bay leaves. Then, using an immersion blender (or transferring to a regular blender), puree the sauce until it’s smooth. Finally, stir in the honey and salt (if desired).
Acorn Squash Recipes: Acorn Squash Pasta Recipe
Here’s another easy to make recipe that you can make in about 45 minutes. Enjoy!
1 medium to large acorn squash
1 pound of your favorite pasta (I like penne)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 medium shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup of chicken broth (low sodium)
1/4 cup of half and half or heavy cream (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
Sources & references used in this article:
The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages by N Stephenson, L Cordain – 2010 – books.google.com
Living Paleo for Dummies by M Joulwan, K Petrucci – 2012 – books.google.com
The Ultimate Grain-Free Cookbook: Sugar-Free, Starch-Free, Whole Food Recipes from My California Country Kitchen by MK Hill – 2016 – HarperCollins
Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health and Lose Weight Naturally by A Lee – 2018 – books.google.com
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A Couple Cooks-Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food by L Dray – 2018 – books.google.com