Paleo Cranberry & Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash

Tender, caramelized acorn squash is stuffed with garlic, ground beef, rosemary, and sweet-tart dried cranberries. Tastes like Christmas!
10 minutes
40 minutes
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This is our estimate based on online research.
Fat:20 g
Carbohydrates:52 g
Protein:47 g
Calculated per serving.

Serves: 2

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut the top and the bottom off of the acorn squash, trying to cut off as little as possible. Carefully slice the acorn squash crosswise into 5 rings.
  3. Scrape the seeds and innards out of the rings and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Brush each ring with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the rings and place them in the preheated oven. Roast the squash rings for 30-35 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. The squash is done when it's lightly brown and fork tender.
  4. While the squash rings roast, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and cook, stirring often until the garlic gets soft and is just starting to brown. Add the dried cranberries and chopped rosemary and cook for about 2 minutes more, until the rosemary is very fragrant and it smells like Christmas up in your kitchen.
  5. Remove the herb-cranberry mixture to a bowl and add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook the ground beef just until no pink remains, then drain any excess fat. Turn off the stove.
  6. Add the herb-cranberry mixture to the ground beef, as well as the 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon caraway. Stir to evenly combine.
  7. When the squash rings have finished roasting, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Spoon the beef-cranberry mixture into each ring and place back in the oven. Cook for 4-5 minutes more.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, top the stuffed squash with shredded parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!

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  1. kjprowell
    January 7, 2016

    It does taste like Christmas! I used turkey instead of beef. Nice substitute.

  2. charshie
    November 5, 2019

    This is legitimately one of the most delicious recipes I’ve ever made, and I’ve made a LOT. Few quick caveats – the recipe calls for 1 tsp of salt; I used 3/4 tsp and that was more than enough. I also added 1 tbsp of fresh rosemary as opposed to 1 tsp. Followed everything else pretty exactly. So, so so tasty! Thanks for posting this.

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