Acorn Squash Recipes are Better with Pork

Nothing screams fall quite like acorn squash recipes. Acorn squash is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. That’s a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. What better way to pair your tasty veggies other than with protein-packed, lean ground pork? There are plenty of acorn squash recipes to choose from but the simplicity of this one stands out and bonus – no sides needed! We guarantee you’ll be stuffing your face while filling up on fiber and protein. This tender and tasty dish will warm up any chilly fall night. Acorn squash recipes are great for the main course meal, a side dish, or even an appetizer. Cut it up and serve it how you prefer. There’s plenty to go around. Just look at that squash!

acorn squash recipes with ground pork are a healthy and nutritious dinner choice

acorn squash recipes with ground pork are a healthy and nutritious dinner choice

How to Make Acorn Squash with Ground Pork

The best acorn squash recipes are the ones paired with pork. What more could you want? This acorn squash recipe is as simple as they come!

  1. Start by washing your hands & squash.
  2. Halve your acorn squash and scoop out all the seeds and pulp.
  3. Drizzle olive oil (about 1 tsp per half) the length and in the cavity of each squash half. Place on a baking sheet face-up. (Tip – use aluminum foil on the sheet pan for easy clean up).
  4. Bake the acorn squash at 400° for 30-45 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
  5. While the squash is cooking, finely chop up ½ sweet onion, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks and ½ tbsp of minced garlic.
  6. Sauté vegetables and garlic in a sauté pan with ½ lb. of fresh ground pork (lean Italian sausage is another tasty alternative). If ground pork is used, you can add herbs such as ½ tbsp of Italian seasoning, OR ½ tsp each of sage, fresh rosemary and thyme. Add a couple splashes of Worcestershire sauce for some added flavor! If Italian pork sausage is used herbs can be omitted.
  7. Remove your tender squash from the oven and scoop your ground pork mixture into the squash cavities.
  8. Bake uncovered until the dish is warmed through (5-10 mins). Remove the squash from the oven and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.
  9. Dig in!

 

This recipe is courtesy of:

Adria Huseth, RDN, LD, CPT

Manager of Nutrition Communication and Research

To get more recipes like this one, follow Adria on Instagram! @fedfitfab