It’s pumpkin and squash season! And potatoes, eggplant and peppers season! Instead of turning these seasonal favourites into a boring soup or simply roasting them for a salad or side, we found a better way to enjoy them – stuffed real good with other delicious, sometimes fall-centric, ingredients. Take your pick from these recipes and really amp up the wow factor for your next meal.
20 fall vegetables just begging to be stuffed
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Brown Rice, Seasoned Ground Beef and Black BeansYour go-to fall dinner party recipe is now sorted. Set these pretty acorn squash halves (did we mention they’re teeming with orange zest-infused spiced beef?) on individual dinner plates and they almost look too pretty to devour. Almost…
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Cozy Apron
Sausage and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn SquashIf you’re still craving the flavours of Thanksgiving, this recipe is your jam. Loaded with rosemary, sausage, apples and dried cranberries – it’s all the flavourful autumnal yum yums you want without the hassle of cooking a turkey.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Messy Baker
Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti SquashNotice that melty cheese stretch. Such a thing of beauty. That and the vibrant Mexican flavours were enough to convince us that this should be in our fall cooking repertoire. Oh yes, and spaghetti squash. We’ve declared our love for this low-carb veggie on The Loop before.
GET THE RECIPE HERECloset Cooking
Chipotle Black Bean Stuffed Delicata SquashWe agree with bloggers Alex and Sonja at A Couple of Cooks, delicata squash really doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Give it a chance for dinner this week. We promise you the chipotle-honey-garlic glaze will take the flavour of its sweet potato-esque flesh up several notches. GET THE RECIPE HEREA Couple of Cooks
Baked Eggs in Stuffed PeppersWeekend breakfasts will never be the same. Give French toast and pancakes a break and treat your diners to this fibre- and protein-rich dish instead. Big hunks of crusty bread to sop up all the marinara sauce and runny yolks are a necessity. GET THE RECIPE HEREFoodie Crush
Red Cabbage Wraps with Quinoa and Goat CheeseTalk about a creative start to dinner. This appetizer takes some patience to put together, but it will earn you a loud round of applause from all your party guests. After all, who thought red cabbage would be useful in anything but a slaw!
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Samosa-Stuffed Sweet PotatoesSamosas, a popular Indian snack, veer on the unhealthy side owing to its often deep-fried pastry casing. We love that you can now enjoy the cumin flecked, turmeric tossed potato and pea filling without any of the guilt. If you’re a carb lover, the potato-on-potato action is a definite winner.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFlickr/Eats Well With Others
Southwestern Stuffed Sweet PotatoesHere’s a staple for your Meatless Monday menu. Follow blogger Elly’s lead and make the entire meal in a skillet, so you’re left with just one utensil to clean up. You know, like those awesome, one-tray sheet pan suppers we shared with you last week.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFlickr/Kelly Says Opa
Bacon Beef Butternut SquashBlogger George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking ate the entire butternut squash and all the trimmings when he cooked up this recipe. It’s just that good. The only question we have for you is: What are you waiting for?
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Butternut Squash Stuffed with Spicy Chicken and RiceConcerned about your waistline? This recipe from the Slimming Eats blog keeps the stuffed butternut squash on the skinny side of tasty, but doesn’t compromise on its deliciousness.
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Spinach Artichoke Stuffed PotatoesI know, you’re thinking potatoes, really? Not only are they in season right now, but we’ve never met someone who doesn’t like a stuffed potato. Lemon, butter and garlic add some extra lip-smacking goodness to this refreshed take on the classic.
GET THE RECIPE HEREDevour Blog
Idaho SunriseThis is a breakfast adults and kids alike will be jumping out of bed for. Little potato boats are baked with a whole egg and bacon bits with some parsley and cheese…hmmmm! These brekkie spuds will be gobbled up quick, so we suggest making loads of extras.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Cooking Jar
Stuffed Eggplant with Spinach and ArtichokeDiners either love or hate eggplant. Often it has to do with the soppy texture of the flesh. This recipe from blogger Marie might just convert any naysayers. Brimming with tender artichoke hearts and creamy ricotta, the myriad of textures and flavours is anything but boring.
GET THE RECIPE HEREProud Italian Cook
Paleo Stuffed EggplantDon’t let the name of this recipe scare you off. It might prescribe to the Paleo diet rules, but is packed with huge flavour. The faux breadcrumbs made with almond flour are a great substitution if you’re trying to avoid gluten as well.
GET THE RECIPE HEREEveryday Maven
Sausage Stuffed PumpkinFondue, your days are numbered. Bring this showstopper of a pumpkin to the table and you have a meal and centerpiece all-in-one! Packed with Gruyere cheese, stuffing mix and sausage, this pumpkin has all the elements of a fondue but without the fussiness.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Stuffed PumpkinYep, it’s another stuffed pumpkin recipe, again inspired by American cookbook author and French food authority, Dorie Greenspan. But what made us include this version? It has bacon. Think about it; bacon, cheese, cream and pumpkin baked together. Enough said.
GET THE RECIPE HEREJJ Begonia
Creamy Roasted Red OnionsIf you’re looking for a stand-out holiday side, look no further. We give full kudos to blogger Milisa at Miss in the Kitchen for her adaptation of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s recipe. Plump with herby creamed onions and topped with crunchy panko and bacon, this dish is a definite “Bam!” on the taste buds.
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Provencal-Style Stuffed OnionsBread and cheese seem to be the winning choice for stuffing these fall veggies. So it’s no surprise it forms the basis of this filling as well. However, what makes this recipe special is that the onions are braised in white wine, which coaxes out the onion’s sweetness. Yum!
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe View from Great Island
Paleo Stuffed MushroomsThere’s a secret to the deliciousness of these ‘shrooms, and it’s not the lack of dairy – it’s bacon fat. This recipe from the Practical Paleo cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo made blogger Carina of Carina M Creatons a fan and it will make one of you too.
GET THE RECIPE HERECarina M Creations
Bacon, Spinach and Feta Stuffed MushroomsLow-carb and gluten-free? This recipe was developed for you. You have the option to bake or grill the mushrooms, which will undoubtedly make these a year-round favourite.
GET THE RECIPE HERE I Breathe…I’m Hungry