Acorn Squash Shepherds Pie

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Twice baked Acorn Squash Shepherd’s Pie is a great new light twist on a classic comfort food.   Not only are these adorable to serve at any meal, but acorn squash has much fewer calories than potatoes, even sweet potatoes. 

I am a little surprised that the members of my family haven’t turned orange.   We have been getting our fix of beta carotene lately.  Lots of baked sweet potatoes, and a TON of Acorn Squash.  Acorn Squash has been on sale for .99 in my town for about a month now!  I can’t pass it up!  Plus, my kids love it!

I have been thinking about making a “Twice Baked” Acorn Squash for a few weeks now, but it came to me this morning to make a ” shepherds Pie” ( I just happened to have all the ingredients)

Today, it was rainy and cold.  The kiddos were tired from the weekend festivities.  I threw these together in no time while they sat around and played.

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Twice-Baked Acorn Squash Shepherd’s Pie ( Yield’s 4)

Ingredients 

2 Acorn Squash 

1 lbs ground beef

1/2 cup of frozen corn, thawed

1/2 cup of frozen peas, thawed

1 Carrot, chopped 

2 shallots, chopped 

1 clove of garlic 

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper 

1 tablespoon of olive oil 

Procedure: Cut each acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  drizzle the acorn squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.   Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour.  In the meantime, brown 1 lb of ground beef and drain.  Set aside.   In a pan, saute chopped shallots, chopped carrot, peas, corn, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix the vegetables with the ground beef.   After the hour has passed, remove the squash from the oven and scoop out the squash from the shells.  In a mixing bowl, mix the squash with ground beef and vegetable mixture.  add salt and pepper to your taste.  using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture back in the squash shells and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. 

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While making this wonderful dish, I also roasted the squash seeds.  I have been doing this for a while now, this is such a great snack!  They taste just like pumpkin seeds!

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This was such a nice light dinner!  It was also a comforting dinner to have on this cold rainy day.  Both my kids ate this up!

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