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It’s the new year, and you’re ready to try a new, healthy dinner recipe. Delight the fam with a veggie-forward meal using yummy Parmesan Roasted Garlic Harvest Snaps and easy-to-find acorn squash!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt

Breadcrumb Topping:

  • ⅔ cup pecans (optional)
  • ⅔ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated*
  • ½ tsp. dried basil

Filling:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey, ground beef or sausage
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup apple with skins, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • ¾ tsp. ground sage
  • ¾ tsp. salt to taste
  • 1 egg

How to make it happen:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Slice each acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  • Rub the cut side of the squash with olive oil and place on a baking sheet cut side down. Roast for about 35 minutes, or until tender. Finished squashes will have a softened exterior with a tender interior.

While the squash is roasting:

  • Combine all topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture is crumbly. 
  • Sauté ground meat in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon olive oil for 6-8 minutes, or until meat is cooked.
  • Remove cooked meat and place in a large bowl. In the same saucepan, add 1 tablespoon oil, onion, apple and garlic. Sauté for 5-6 minutes.
  • Combine ground meat, apple/onion mixture, ⅔ of the breadcrumb topping mixture, and remaining filling ingredients in a large bowl.

After the filling is made:

  • Allow squash to cool slightly until easily handled and use a fork to make room for filling. Fill each acorn squash half with ¼ of the mixture.
  • Top each squash boat with sauce and top with remaining breadcrumb mixture, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for around 12 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and top with crunched Roasted Garlic Parmesan Harvest Snaps for a crunchy finish that your kids will love!

Enjoy!

 

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