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Sweet & Savory Fall Stuffed Acorn Squash [Whole30 and Paleo]

Kelly Favara
An "all-in-one" meal featuring a simple and flavor packed acorn squash stuffed with affordable ingredients. Ready in less than an hour, this recipe comes with a protein, fat, and carb making it easier to enjoy dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Comfort Food, Fall and Winter Meals, Gluten-Free, Whole-Food
Servings 4 people


  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • large skillet


Roasted Acorn Squash

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon balck pepper
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach
  • 1 apple, skinned and diced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Begin by roasting your squash: First, wash and dry the squash. Then on a cutting board, slice both squash long-ways in half. With a spoon, scoop out the seeds.
  • Place the squash on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the opened squash. With your hands, rub the olive oil over the entire squash [inside and outer skin] and place back onto the baking sheet with the inside facing up.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the squash and turn them over, cut side facing down, to roast. Place the squash into the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
    *While the squash is roasting, continue with making the filling.*

Sage Sausage and Apple Filling

  • In a large skillet on medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add onion and saut√© until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and stir. Add the ground pork and season with sage, turmeric, salt, and pepper. With a wooden spoon, break up ["ground"] the pork and continue to stir incorporating all of the flavors.
  • Once the pork is fully cooked, add the spinach and diced apple. Stir to allow the spinach to wilt down [reducing in size]. Finally, add and stir in the remaining sliced almonds.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Once the acorn squash is finished, remove from oven and begin assembling! Spoon the sausage and apple mixture into the center of the squash until all are filled and there is no more remaining pork mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and enjoy!


This is an "all-in-one" meal meaning that there is a protein, fat, and carbohydrate. With a complete meal, there is no need to serve along side another dish. All-in-One Meals are meant to be convenient and easy for you and your family.
Other notes:
  • This recipe meal preps well
  • It is perfectly safe to eat the skin but.. It's not my thing.¬†
  • Omit the sage if you're not a fan, it will still be just as delicious!
  • Any apple type will work but I opted for the cheapest available since it's being baked
Keyword Acorn Squash, All-In-One Meal, Comfort Food, Fall Recipes, Sausage, Whole30