Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes; leaning

Even though my winter squash plants were attacked by mildew I managed a good harvest.

I started treating the mildew and trimming the bad bits. The plants struggled along and managed to ripen everything on their respective vines.

A few weeks of hot, dry weather helped enormously.

I even have a few butternut and acorn squashes just starting. I hate to tell them that’s it’s too late. There won’t be enough decent weather for them to grow and ripen.

At the moment our daily decision is which type of squash to eat next. We have an abundance of choice.

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Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes

Choose a large acorn squash for stuffing. We had a side of Basmati rice with this. I used yellow tomatoes from my garden but any color is good.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: One Dish Dinners


  • 1 large acorn squash
  • 8oz (240gr) ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup yellow tomatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbs fresh sage
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
  • Place face down in a baking dish and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.
  • While squash cooks:
  • Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes
  • Add garlic, beef, and sauté until beef is cooked through, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Add paprika, chili powder, sage and sauté another 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer until thickened and squash are ready.
  • When squash are ready (they should be tender) remove from oven and fill with beef mixture.
  • Bake, for an additional 5 – 10 minutes, until heated through.


To peel fresh tomatoes: blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds, cool under cold tap water and peel. No need to cut an X or put in ice water….
If using canned tomatoes you can freeze any that are left for another use.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Sodium: 125.5 mg
  • Fat: 9.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 67.8 mg

Keywords: acorn squash, stuffed winter squash

Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes

The Art of Shovel Leaning is alive and well in France.

I don’t mean to disparage hard-working road crews but this is an old joke just too perfect not to pass on.

On our bike ride yesterday, we noticed flashing lights in the distance. As we got closer we could tell it was a large truck of some sort.

Parts of the bike path are open to car / small truck traffic, either to service the marinas or for the farmers to get to a field or for access to a house. There aren’t very many sections, maybe 3 or 4, and they’re not very long, 100 – 200 meters (yards).

One of these sections was being repaired. Nothing major, just smoothing out the rough bits, filling in holes, etc.

The truck had the oil and small stones and whatever else they needed, plus 4 guys.

In fairness, it was only mid-morning and most of the section had been repaired. Even to my novice eye they had done a lot of work.


As we got to the truck we saw 2 of the guys standing in the road, leaning on their shovels.

But only 2 of them……

The other 2 were leaning on their brooms.

Some things are universal.

8 thoughts on “Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes; leaning”

  1. Shovel leaning could be included at next Olympics…Australian team could take gold they are already so well practised

  2. I would eat the filling, it looks delicious! Here, we have Stop/Slow sign-men. They have no clue. They can’t lean on them, they’re much too tall. Instead, they stand at one end of sometimes a half mile long stretch of road, with their sign, and a walkie-talkie, their sign turned to either the Stop or Slow side, carrying on a conversation with whoever has the corresponding sign on the other end of the construction, but they forget to coordinate turning their signs so at about the fifteen minute mark when someone blows the horn at one end or the other, one of the two sign men finally realizes that yes, they have a job to so and maybe they ought to let the mile backup on one side or the other go through. And they must train them to do this because they all do this. sigh

    • We have them here too. And they think (and act) that one is very rude if one tries to get their attention,. We also have lights that are timed so we get to sit and count down the seconds (usually 120 of them) while we wait for no traffic at all. A lesson in patience.

  3. The next page link is not working for me on my pad. Today it is not there. Even through there are two future days available. I liked your older format where the next or previous link was at the end of the article.
    Now I have to scroll back to the top after reading the article to proceed to the next page.
    For some reason the site does not remember me even though I check the box “save my name”
    You know I am not complaining….just noting how things are working for me.

    • I liked the older format, too. Sadly, Google did not and in order to comply with their new standards I had to make some changes. I added some links at the end of the post – not happy with them but that’s the best I can do lol. As to the ‘save my name’ bit – that has nothing to do with my stuff at all…. must be something your browser controls. I’ve never seen that.

      • Thanks for adding the link at the bottom. It worked for me in the mushroom post to go back. I hope it will work for going forward after you make the next post. I will check it out and let you know.
        I like to read the posts in order and usually only check them out once a week or so. For the last month I had to re-open the site each time, in order to move forward since there were no links, even on the top of the page, to go forward. Today the links have miraculously appeared and work to go forward or back. I too love mushrooms but P does not.

        • I hate it when stuff stops working as expected…. But it seems to be happening more often lately. Progress, I guess lol. P doesn’t like mushrooms? I didn’t know that.,.. duly noted for the future. And I hate canned mushrooms.

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