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Recipe: Acorn Squash Beef Bowls

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I've been really into squash this fall. Pumpkins, butternut squash, and acorn are definitely my favorites, but I have to say I just love acorn squash the most. They're the perfect shape and make a fantastic side dish, just by cutting one in half and roasting it up in the oven. I decided to get a little fancier and actually serve dinner in the squash the other night, and we loved it so much that I made it again that same week!

For the squash
One acorn squash
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt, pepper, onion powder

For the beef
One pound of (grass-fed) beef
Half of an onion, drizzle of olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Sprinkle of onion powder
Sprinkle of crushed red pepper
One 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 350. 
2. Carefully cut the squash in half and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and onion powder.
3. Roast squash at 350 for 45 minutes.
4. While squash is in the oven, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat. When they've softened, add beef.
5. Season the beef with garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt + pepper.
6. Once the beef is cooked through, reduce heat to low/simmer and add can of tomatoes.
7. Continue to cook on low until squash is done.
8. To serve, place each squash half in a bowl and spoon beef into the center.

I made these on Saturday afternoon and put plastic wrap over them for dinner on Sunday, so you can totally make them ahead of time if you like to do that (I know I do). Enjoy!


  1. It's like fall in a bowl! Made of fall! You've done it again - sounds delish :)

  2. I absolutely love this idea! We've done similar things with fruits before, but never with squash. I'm definitely going to try this.

    The Rambling Fangirl

  3. They look realllllll delicious! I haven't made acorn squash in a while, so it might be time!

  4. This looks great. I am going to try it! Do you think your Dad will just eat the meat and leave the squash?

  5. What a small world, this is actually what I had planned for dinner tonight! Except I typically use slightly different seasonings on the ground beef, like in this recipe:

    But I may try it your way because it looks delish! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. this looks incredible. except I don't eat meat so I'll have to use a substitution.


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