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Acorn Squash “Agrodolce”

Agrodolce is Italian for sweet and sour. This dish is just that, with a bit of spice at the end to round out the gorgeous flavor. It’s also super easy and completely paleo, accomplishing all those flavor bombs without sugar or starchy thickeners. This is on my list for Halloween and potlucks this fall. Its something that has familiar ingredients, so it won’t scare people away, but the taste is absolutely new and different. My friends and family get so excited about this simple dish! What do you think of the way I spooked it up with the black rice underneath? Happy Halloween Week!

Acorn Squash Agrodolce

Serves 2-4 Takes 30 minutes and…

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 pinches of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Microwave your acorn squash for 3-4 minutes to make slicing easier!
  3. Cut Squash in half, remove all seeds and pulp and slice halves into 1/2 inch half moon slices
  4. Place squash slices on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake for 25-30 minutes until fork tender
  5. While squash bakes, make your Agrodolce: combine maple syrup, red wine vinegar, butter/oil, red pepper, nutmeg, and sage in a saucepan, on med-high and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and continue to reduce Agrodolce until syrupy and think
  7. Add currants
  8. Remove acorn squash from the oven, plate it, and then pour agrodolce syrup over it!

Additionally, you could add chopped nuts as a topper. I plated my squash over black rice for a very Halloweeny look! What do you think? Spooky, spicy, sweet?

Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowls

I love this recipe! And it’s super easy. Do I say that all the time? Ground turkey is so versatile and because it’s cheap and organic, we eat it a lot. There is also something I love about gamey meats in the fall. See these recipes using Bison and Bison/Elk, for this spaghetti sauce. Speaking of forest-dwelling animals, I have learned that good mushrooms enhance the woodsy flavor of such meats, and I love throwing them into my turkey for extra-earthy flavor and texture, so don’t skip that step!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Like my Acorn Squash Chili Bowl, it is such a crowd pleaser (but much easier) and would wow for a dinner party or Halloween gathering. I am also thinking about using this recipe with our turkey or stuffing leftovers from Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t THAT be amazing? This recipe would serve 4 people with a salad OR it could be big dinner for 2 hungry people with some leftovers!

Lastly, I have to say that I LOVE edible fall decorations. Why spend money on a plastic gourd or inedible pinecones when you can dress up your house with acorn squash and then eat them all up in these delicious recipes before you get your Christmas decorations out!? They are $1.69 each at Trader Joe’s, so find a BIG one if you go because most grocery stores weigh them!

And if you’d like to make the pairing cocktail that is pictured with the bowl above, check out My Fall Turmeric Cocktail

Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowls

Serves 4. You will need 45 minutes and…

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 pack/ 8 oz of Baby Bella (or other flavorful) mushrooms (so not white)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 cup shredded aged or sharp white cheddar
  • 1/4 cup water or stock
  • 1 TBSP sherry vinegar (or any vinegar for acidity)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste (have I mentioned we put red chili flakes on everything?) Yay capsicum!
  1. Add a small amount of water to a microwavable bowl and place whole squash inside. Microwave on High for 3-4 minutes and then turn squash over and microwave for 3 more minutes. Let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
  3. In a large pan, use cooking oil (I use coconut) to brown turkey for 7-8 minutes until cooked through. While turkey is cooking, chop your onion and mushrooms into bite size. 
  4. Remove turkey and let drain.
  5. Add more cooking oil and cook onion until translucent.
  6. Add mushrooms, all spices, your water/stock, and sherry vinegar.
  7. Simmer this mixture for 5 minutes.
  8. While mixture is simmering, cut your squash in half, and use a spoon to remove all seeds and pulp. Remove 1-2 spoonfuls of flesh per acorn squash half and add that to your simmering mixture (so 4-8 spoonfuls total, depending on size of your squash)                                                 * If flesh is not removed easily, you can microwave for 3 more minutes.                                         ** Be careful not to remove too much of the flesh. You still want the squash to have a 1/2 inch of flesh to serve as a bowl.
  9. Use a baking dish or brownie pan to line your acorn squash halves up. To make them stay upright, you simply shave off a tiny bit of the round underside so it’s flatter.
  10. Add turkey back into the simmering skillet, stirring it in slowly, and turn the heat down.
  11. Once incorporated well, spoon turkey mixture into your acorn squash bowl, filling above the rim as pictured.
  12. Sprinkle on cheese!
  13. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly!

Can’t get enough of this one! One more!

Autumn Favorites!

autumn favorites paleo

We had a rainy fall weekend here in NC, which is one of my favorite types of weather! We went on two long runs with our dogs and I finally got to whip up one of my favorite fall recipes: Bison & Acorn squash Chili. My recipe was featured on Mind Body Green this year, so go on over and check it out on my favorite health blog.2

We were supposed to go apple picking this weekend, but our outing and my paleo apple bread got rained out. Instead, I whipped up some Paleo Pumpkin bread. I went a little crazy with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, but this definitely tastes like fall, so I recommend to all! This is my own recipe, and if you haven’t noticed, I like to keep it simple with the measurements and ingredients.

paleo pumpkin coffee cake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Lots of ground pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamom and ginger ( i do 1-2 teaspoons each)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup organic pureed pumpkin

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix your first 4 ingredients in a bowl (dry ones)
  3. Mix your wet ingredients  in a separate bowl until smooth
  4. Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix until all is incorporated evenly
  5. Pour into bread pan and bake for 45-55 minutes.
    Disclaimer: Know thy Oven!! And know thyself: I like REALLY moist bread that falls apart.