Fall Acorn Squash

Acorn squash stuffed with rice, cranberries, and nuts embodies the quintessence of fall for several reasons. Acorn squash, harvested in the early fall, offers a sweet and earthy flavor that mirrors the autumnal shift in nature. Its deep green and orange hues visually echo the season's changing foliage. The inclusion of cranberries, a staple harvested during this season and associated with festive occasions like Thanksgiving, adds a tart contrast. Nuts introduce a rich depth of flavor and texture, aligning with the season's preference for hearty, comforting meals. Together, these ingredients converge in a dish that not only reflects the bounty and colors of fall but also caters to our instinctual desire for warm, nutrient-dense meals as the weather cools. Add in some crumbled sausage to add protein if desired. 

Serving size: 4 people
Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 acorn squashes
  • 2 cups cooked rice (white, brown, or wild rice)
  • ¼  cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds (toasted for extra flavor, if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon [Not So] SIMPLE SPICE
  • Optional: fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for added flavor


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the acorn squashes in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  3. Lightly brush or drizzle the inside of each half with olive oil or melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the squash is tender when poked with a fork.
  6. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, dried cranberries, and chopped almonds.
  7. Drizzle in a tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter, then season with SIMPLE SPICE, and optional herbs.
  8. Mix the ingredients until well combined.
  9. Once the acorn squashes are roasted and slightly cooled, flip them over so they're cut side up.
  10. Divide the rice mixture among the four squash halves, pressing down slightly to pack the filling and enjoy!