Looking for something different for tonight’s dinner? As you read in my previous article, eat more fruit and vegetables, we need more of these foods in our diet. Last night we tried this recipe for baked acorn squash stuffed with apple and it was delicious! Acorn squash is good source of fiber and is rich in potassium. Eating foods high in fiber help prevent glucose surges because it delays absorption in the body. This delayed absorption helps keep glucose levels even which is important for someone like me who experiences occasional “crashes”. Potassium is also important as it maintains fluid and electrolyte balance in our bodies. This dish could be used as an entree or first course.
Approximate prep time: 30 minutes
Total cook time: 1 hr 15 minutes
For 2 servings
- 1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking oil. Place squash cut side down in the baking pan and fill with ¼ inch of hot water. Bake for 45 minutes.
While the squash is baking, in a medium bowl mix together:
- 1 large granny smith apple, cored and diced
- 1 large Fuji apple, cored and diced
- ¼ cup of raisins
- 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
- Zest of 1 small orange
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat:
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
Add apple mixture and cook until fruit is golden brown (approx. 5 minutes). Stir in:
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp bourbon or dark rum (optional)
Simmer, stirring often, until fruit is tender (approx. 8 minutes). Set aside if squash is still baking.
Remove the squash from the oven; pour off water and turn squash cut side up. Fill squash with apple mixture and bake until squash is tender (approx. 15 minutes).
|Amounts per serving|
|Total Fat||7.8 g||Sodium||13.5 mg|
|Saturate Fat||1.0g||Potassium||1,058.9 mg|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.8 g||Total Carbohydrate||74.8 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||5.0 g||Dietary Fiber||7.5 g|
|Protein||2.7 g||Sugars||37.3 g|
This sounds and looks fantastic! Yummy!
Kate @ Diethood.com says
This is definitely a delicious treat!
The Cilantropist says
This sounds really great, I have an acorn squash that has been waiting for a loooong time to be eaten (good thing for me that they keep for awhile!) I think I should make this for dinner tomorrow… Yep, just bookmarked it. 🙂
Happy When Not Hungry says
Wow this looks delicious! I love acorn squash, but have never thought to fill them with apples or raisins. Yum!
Acorn squash and apples go together so well. This recipe looks delicious as well as healthy!
Thanks Sandra. It was filling, too…which is always a bonus.
Thank you Kate!
That’s great! Let me know how it turns out for dinner and if you have any additions or substitutions.
Thank you, this recipe is definitely a good way to get some fruit and veggies in a meal.
Thanks Annie! At first it didn’t seem like it would be enough, but afterwards it was just the right amount of food for us.
Katty's Kitchen says
What a delicious idea! I’d really like to try it!
Thanks Katty! If you do make it, let me know how it turns out.