Good morning my precious pumpkin fritters!
Are y’all gettin your holly jolly on today, seeing as it's the first day of December?
I sure am at my house! In fact, I'm already thinking ahead to some Christmas gatherings in the weeks ahead and menu-planning accordingly.
And that's why I’m sharing a recipe with y’all today that would be perfect to serve:
1) Christmas morning as a festive yet healthy side
2) the day after Christmas when you’re already tired of turkey and wanna use up those extra cranberries
3) all season long since acorn squash is here to stay for months to come!
I mean what’s not to love here?
Two heavy hitters of the fall fruit world paired with scrumptious sausage, all nuzzled all snuggy in a comforting cocoon of squashy goodness?
Heck, I wouldn’t mind nestling in there, too. Maube take a little post-Christmas tree decorating nap in there would be nice…
In the squash world, I feel like butternut and spaghetti tend to get a little more attention and love.
In fact, even here on my blog, I tend to gravitate toward those two squashies over some of the other varieties like delicata or acorn.
But man oh man, if you haven’t tried an acorn squash, you’re missing out BIG TIME.
Not only are they one of my McNugget’s favorite foods, they’re cheap, coming in this time of year around 50 cents a pound, and nutritional rockstars.
Case in point…
On top of all that, it’s dagum delicious.
It’s similar in taste and consistency to butternut squash with just a hint more nuttiness that seems to be even more pronounced in a recipe like this that roasts it.
This recipe, gang, is so easy peasy paleo (and versatile).
Could you make this vegan or vegetarian? Could you make this vegan/vegerian?! You betcha! Swap the sausage for cooked wild rice, quinoa, or white beans.
Could you use a butternut squash instead? Yuppers! Use th same rounded, hollow cavity near the base of the squash to nestle in all the goodies instead.
Could you swap ground beef or leftover turkey for sausage? Darn tootin!
Could you use leftover cranberry sauce in the filling instead of fresh cranberries? Talk about thinking outside the box!
If you’re not interested in baking these beauties this holiday season, I assure they will be just as tasty all winter long!
So tasty, check.
Paleo and Whole 30, check and check.
Festive, checkity check check.
Almost too pretty to eat, check.
But the key word there is almost.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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