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Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

If there is one product I absolutely fell in love with while operating The Produce Gathering it was pecan soaked honey by Roark Acres. Oh. My. Goodness.

Roark Acres Honey

Immediately, I began to use it on all the things. If you do not have access to this awesomeness, I am truly sorry. My heart breaks. You can still make this recipe though, we’ll just have to improvise. First, pick up some acorn squash, it is in season right now so the price is great.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, let’s round up our ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:

Acorn squash

Pecans

Honey

A little bit of brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:

After you have your squash, cut in half with a sharp knife. These things are not easy to cut, they’re pretty hard. Then, simply scoop out the seeds.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, we’re going to fill the seeds with pecans and honey. The measurement here is totally up to you. Since I have pecan honey, I simply use one large spoonful. Just remember, honey liquifies in the heat so you don’t actually need much at all.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, sprinkle brown sugar on top of the squash. You can use as much or as little as you like, I love brown sugar so I’m all over this. Then, wrap tightly in foil and place in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

After you have the squash in the slow cooker, add a little bit of water at the bottom then cover the lid. I used right around 1/3 cups of water. Keep in the slow cooker for 3-4 hours on high. It might take closer to 4 hours for large squash. When they’re done, they will be very soft to the touch.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

You can vary this up anyway you’d like, add in a little cinnamon too! Some people like to use butter with this personally, I do not use a lot of butter so I didn’t here but if that’s your thing, go for it.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

It’s time to bring fall into the kitchen with this Stuffed Acorn Squash.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I love fall, I’ve already said that probably a million times, but I really feel like here in Oklahoma we don’t get an actual ‘fall’. For instance, last week it felt like fall, the air was crisp and nice, this past week it was summer all over again. We are supposed to be heading into fall break but really with these swings in temperatures, we may as well pack up and go to the pool. Right? So, what’s a girl to do?

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Make my house as cold as possible, then start making fall foods and tell myself the weather will follow along…it should work, right? It’s typically a switch that is sudden here in Oklahoma, one minute it’s warm the next minute it’s cold and then it will just stay that way for a while. I hope that happens soon! It’s hard to get into the spirit of Halloween and Fall Festivals when you are having to wear shorts.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

In the midst of that, I thought I would try a light and healthy recipe using Acorn Squash. I decided to scoop out the inside of the acorn squash and make a bowl out of it. Once I baked them, I added the stuffing inside then baked for a few more minutes until the cheese was nice and melted. The result is a nicely seasoned, light and delicious dinner. This was certainly a better-for-you recipe, but I’ll be honest…I was craving ice cream afterwards. That’s just terrible, right? I’m trying to get into the habit of buying frozen yogurt to help those cravings but sometimes that Hot Fudge Sundae is speaking to me…it just is.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Acorn Squash (Olive Oil & Garlic Salt)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Yellow Squash, Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Sweet Onion, Diced
  • 1 Tsp Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • Mozzarella Cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. Cut the tops off the acorn squash and then scoop out the inside to form a bowl.
  3. Brush the inside lightly with olive oil and garlic salt, this amount will depend on how big the squash is that you are using.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes on 350*.
  5. While the squash bakes, in a medium-sized skillet, add 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and the cook and drain the ground turkey.
  6. Place it back in the skillet with the remaining olive oil and add in the zucchini, squash, onion, rosemary, and garlic salt.
  7. Let this simmer and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  8. Once done, remove the acorn squash and carefully add the mixture to the squash.
  9. Top evenly with cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes until the cheese melts.
  10. Serve.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

My husband and I ate these right up and found that we loved the flavor that the squash brought to the stuffing too, plus you can even make these with cinnamon as more of a dessert bowl instead. The options are endless!

Now, let’s get to cooking!

Enjoy!

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Apple Pie Acorn Squash

Squash is a recent discovery for me, I’m sure I tried it as a kid but never like this. That’s the thing about being an adult, we actually step out and try different things including foods like squash.

I’m talking about acorn squash. In our produce co-op, we have always offered acorn squash in our fall produce baskets. But, it seems most people just aren’t sure what to do with it. Once I learned how to cook with it, I fell in love with it and I believe you will too.

The same is true for all types of squash as we recently posted recipes for butternut squash as well. It is amazing how delicious something can taste when you finally figure out what to do with it!

The recipe below is adapted from Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash. This post was originally posted on my other website, MoneySavingQueen.com.

Ingredients:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Can Apple Pie Filling

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/3 Cup Water

Acorn Squash

Directions:

1. Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds.

Acorn Squash

2. Fill each squash with apple pie filling. It would be best to use real apples and make the “pie filling” yourself however, I am personally allergic to apples and have a hard time working with them. That being said, I can actually eat the pre-made apple pie filling in small amounts. Weird, I know.

Acorn Squash

3. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over each squash and place in a roasting pan at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the squash is tender. If you have a larger squash, it might take an hour or so to soften. Add the water to the bottom of the dish to keep the squash from drying out.

Honestly, this is amazing. You’ll think it is a fabulous dessert and it is perfect for Thanksgiving! Skip the pie and have the squash this year!

Roasted Apple Pie Acorn Squash

This is delicious and amazing, your family will love it. I promise, it will surprise you.

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes

20 Butternut Squash Recipes

This week, we are featuring butternut squash in our fresh produce baskets. Eventually our weather will reflect the new season coming upon us but until then, we can hope for Fall and think Fall-like thoughts! Here’s a great list of recipes to help you cook your butternut squash this week:

Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup | Blissful Basil
Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Cranberry Couscous | Gimme Some Oven
Harissa Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Toasted Pepitas | Keepin It Kind
Breakfast Burrito Bowl with Spiced Butternut Squash | Skinnytaste
Curried Butternut Squash Salad | Food Faith Fitness
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Squash, and Poached Eggs | A Beautiful Plate
Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan | Oh She Glows
Butternut Squash and Spinach Polenta Bowls | Oh My Veggies

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash | The Magical Slow Cooker
Butternut Squash Mushroom Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce | Pinch of Yum
Tempeh Butternut Squash Bake | Eating Bird Food
Butternut Squash Leek Risotto | Love and Lemons
Roasted Butternut Squash Freekeh Salad | Well Plated
Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash | Iowa Girl Eats
Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash | I Heart Eating
Cheesy Baked Butternut Squash | Diethood
Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Vegan Butternut Squash Bisque | The Roasted Root
Butternut Squash Brown Rice Bake with Sausage and Apples | Domesticate Me
Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta | Joyful Healthy Eats

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes