I don’t ever cook special foods just for picky kids or use food as a reward, but I do let kids help cook (it encourages them to try a wider variety of foods) and let them get creative with it…
This recipe was the result of their creativity one time and has been a favorite ever since!
It combines healthy proteins and vegetables in a nutrient-packed acorn squash “bowl” and is a fun recipe that kids can enjoy. When I make it, I let the kids help decorate their “sails” and mix the stuffing…
Stuffed Acorn Squash Boats
Yield 4 +
A fun and nutritious recipe of acorn squash "boats" stuffed with protein and vegetables for a fun and filling meal idea...
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut squashes in half and remove seeds.
- Place upside down in a baking dish with water and bake for 30 minutes until mostly soft.
- While that is cooking, brown meat in a large skillet.
- Finely dice and add onions, apple, carrots, nuts and spices of choice.
- Saute for 15 minutes until mostly cooked.
- Remove skillet mixture from heat and when slightly cooled, add eggs and mix well. Remove squash from oven, stuff with skillet mixture (evenly divide) and return to oven for 30-40 minutes until fully cooked.
- Serve alone or topped with parmesan cheese or sour cream. We also like adding an egg during baking for an over-easy egg on top (pictured above).
For Sails- Use a bamboo skewer as the mast and cut a sail out of a piece of paper. Attach my poking two small holes in the sail (at the middle of the top and the bottom) and weaving the skewer through to make the sail.
Ever made stuffed squash? What recipes have you turned into a kid-friendly meal? Share below!