This is one of my favorite times of year- when the grocery stores get stocked with in-season apples and winter squash! Acorn squash is on of the most nutrient-dense squash varieties and it is packed with fiber and vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A among others. I love that acorn squash is a little sweet and it’s almost like a dessert when topped with cinnamon and brown sugar!
Acorn squash is the perfect size to fill with a stuffing mixture and is ideal for entertaining guests, because everyone get’s their own personal stuffed acorn squash. Also, baking acorn squash really is fool-proof and that helps when you are baking larger quantities for guests.
Pork and rosemary is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I haven’t been cooking with pork until recently when I realized the versatility and cost-effectiveness of it! Growing up, we would have thin pork chops that would be way over-cooked. Maybe you grew up with overcooked pork as well, but the good news is that FoodSafety.gov reduced the cooking time of pork several years ago because pork production is much safer. You can now cook your pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. It can even be a little pink! This means you will really get to enjoy the flavor of pork now.
Litehouse has delicious new Organic and non-GMO dressing flavors that I have been enjoying. Before cooking this acorn squash, I brushed the halves with a little bit of Litehouse Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette and baked until golden brown.
Pork, rosemary, sage, kale, onion and brown rice is the perfect mixture of flavors and smells and when it’s stuffed in slightly sweet acorn squash, it is the comfort food at it’s finest (but healthy)!
This recipe is on my menu when I’m entertaining guests next time because it is so easy. I am thinking about even adding it to my Thanksgiving menu!