Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing is the perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe. While it’s easily one of my boys’ favorites, I love it because it’s festive yet can be thrown together quickly! Simply stuff acorn squash with chopped apples and dried cranberries, then spice with warming cinnamon. This is a very glamorous dish made with only 5 ingredients total.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dish
Although I’m not a vegetarian, I have tons of Vegetarian Diet recipes that might tickle your fancy. I created this Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing for the paleo vegetarians and vegans in my life.
Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing
- 2 acorn squash
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼ inch pieces
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or coconut oil
- Cut squash in half and with a spoon, remove pulp and seeds
- In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish place squash cut-side down in ¼ inch water
- Bake squash at 350°F for 30 minutes
- In a large bowl, combine apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and oil to make stuffing
- Remove squash from oven after 30 minutes
- Turn halves over and stuff center of each squash half with apple mixture
- Return to oven and bake for 30-45 minutes until squash and apples are tender
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
If you’re on a vegan diet going without animal products is even more difficult during the holidays at family gatherings and such. If that’s the case you may want to take a look at my Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes!
Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving
I am so blessed to be part of the incredible community that gathers here on my website, one in which we cherish food and hold it in such high regard. Unfortunately during these tough economic times, it is becoming increasingly true that food is a luxury.
With nearly 1 billion people going hungry on our planet every day, only some of us are lucky enough to have food to eat. Still a smaller portion of that population gets actual real, nourishing food, as opposed to the “foodstuff” created by corporate America.
Those who are discerning and make the choice to eat high quality food are the truly fortunate. Still, there are challenges to be faced in making these choices, whether on an economic or social level. I’m so glad we can gather here and discuss healthy food together!
Cooked this tonight and it was delicious! Only thing I added was about two tablespoons of finely chopped walnuts. Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome Ginny!
If I don’t want the sugar from dried cranberries, could I use fresh? How would you adjust them? Would you dry them or saute them first yourself? Sounds delicious!
MommyD, I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
Oh my, they look outstanding. Anything to do with squash and I am in! Acorn squash is a new one on me though, not seen those around here. Are they typically smaller than butternut squash?
Yes they are smaller, and take the shape of an acorn. Delish!
I needed this recipe because the amount of squash we’ve yielded this year is so awesome. I think I have 4-5 butternuts sitting on my countertop& more Acorn squash are on the vine. Thanks for a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!
Mae, I’m happy to help!
I just want to thank you for the many wondeful recipes that you post. My daughter is a gluten intolerant vegetarian and whenever I’m on the web looking for recipes, I always see yours at the top of the list. I plan to make the apple cranberry stuffed acorn squash and can’t wait to taste it!
Marsha, thanks so much!
Shannon @ TheDrinkBuzz says
I love acorn squash and this recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to have to make it soon :)
Made this with some slight variations. I couldn’t find any cranberries not sweetened w/sugar so my stuffing was apples, raisens, & fresh pinapple. I also removed the casing from some sweet italian sausage, fried it & after roasting the squash face down in apple juice for 30 minutes I turned over poured some melted butter over cut side sprinkled with cinnamon put in my sausage then fruit medley which i had tossed with coconut oil & cinnamon & baked until squash & apples were soft. It became a total meal & everyone loved it. Thx 4 the never ending flow of great inspiring recipes!!!!
Milliann, what a fantastic one-pot meal twist on the recipe above!
Delish, thank you! I added chopped pear as well.
Emily, thanks for letting me know this is delish!