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Autumn Stuffed Beef Squash

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You know I wasn’t going to get by without doing a fall-themed recipe! This one has it all!  Savory acorn squash, sweet Honey Crisp apples and the satisfying flavor of beef all come together in a festive presentation that’s perfect for hosting or just a fun weeknight meal for your family.

This is a busy time of year, but it’s important to keep family mealtime a priority.  Making home-cooked meals or simply sitting down together as a family to eat is a weekly goal in our home.  Picking a new recipe to try, letting your kids help prepare the meal or set the dinner table are all ways to keep family mealtime a tradition in your home. For more family meal ideas, click here!

Autumn Stuffed Beef Squash
Serves 4-5
2-3 Acorn squash
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup diced onion
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 Tbsp dried Rosemary
Dash salt and pepper
1 apple, chopped
1/2 Cup dry quinoa
1/2 Cup water
Mozzarella cheese

1. Slice both ends off squash and remove seeds.  Be careful not to slice too much from the bottom, just enough to create a balanced bottom for stability.  Place on a microwave safe plate, open end facing down.  Cook on high for 8 minutes.

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2. While squash cooks, heat olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet.  Add onion and celery and sauté for several minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 375°.
4. Add ground beef and cook thoroughly.  Season with rosemary, salt and pepper.
5. Mix apples, quinoa and water to beef mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.  Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
6. Remove squash from microwave and place in a sprayed baking dish.
7. Fill each squash with beef mixture and cover with cheese.
8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

9. Enjoy!

it’s Crocktober!


Crocktober (crockpot + October) season is here!  From PSL’s to fashion, football and food- what’s not to love about this time of year!?  Cooler temps mean comfort foods are quickly making their way back into our weekly dinner menus. We know crockpots are the simplest way to prepare some of our favorite recipes- because what’s more comforting than coming home to a warm and delicious meal that you and your family can immediately sit down to enjoy.

A recent slow cooker cooking class held in Brookings featured a recipe that you can prepare ahead of time and take from freezer to slow cooker in the matter minutes.  With tasty and nutritious ingredients such as lean beef, quinoa, peppers and beans- it’s a recipe your family is sure to love!

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We had such a great time hosting our slow cooker cooking class that we’re planning more! Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for upcoming dates and locations!

In the meantime, enjoy this recipe for Brookings Bobcat Beef Stew and visit for more great slow cooker recipes to enjoy this Crocktober!


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