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15 Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipes

This year we were blessed with an amazing winter squash crop. One of the varieties we grow is this White Acorn Squash. It is a nice comp...

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How to Eat Local in the Winter

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How to Eat Local in the Winter

how to eat local in the winter

Eating locally is one of the best ways to support your local economy. Your food dollars are put towards supporting the farmers in your area and less money is wasted on the fuel and transportation costs that accrue while trucking foods in from all over the world.  But unless you live in a tropical or warm climate, how do you continue to eat locally during the colder winter months? Here are 5 tips on how to eat local in the winter.

How to Eat Local in the Winter

 

Plan Ahead

The most important thing to remember when planning a local diet, is to plan ahead. You need to know your growing season, even if you don’t grow anything yourself (which you should, by the way!). You need to know when strawberries, peaches and apples are ripe and ready to be picked. You need to know when all your favorite summertime vegetables are at their peak. If you know these things you can use the knowledge to plan ahead and stock your pantry and freezer for the months when things won’t be so plentiful. When things are green and growing, get out there and…

  • Visit pick-your-own farms and fill your freezer with fresh berries
  • Buy tomatoes, potatoes, squash, etc. in bulk from a local farm or farmer’s market and can, freeze or store the bounty
  • Visit a local orchard and can fresh peaches, applesauce or other tree fruits
  • Start your own garden and eat fresh all summer, and store the excess for the colder months

Taking these steps will ensure you have a full stock of local foods to eat when the ground is frozen and the trees are barren.

Eat Your Roots and Greens

Roots such as turnips and carrots can be grown in cold frames or under cloches even in very cold temperatures. The same goes for many greens, such as collards and kale. If you don’t grow your own, search out a local farm that grows these crops throughout the winter. Add these to your stored potatoes and squash, or your local meat, eggs and cheese and you will have a feast!

Find a Winter CSA

CSAs aren’t only for the summer. Search your area resources for many of the “winter CSA” options that are available. Pickings will be slimmer, but you will still get a box of fresh, local produce each week to add to your meals.  Some areas, such as here in Western North Carolina, there is even a winter CSA that provides customers with preserved foods- they spend all summer collecting and preserving the summer bounty and then pass it out to customers all winter long.

eat local in the winter sproutsGrow indoors

Sprouts are a highly nutritious and filling addition to any meal and they are quite easy to grow. It takes less than a week and you can have a constant supply of fresh sprouts or  micro greens for your meals.

Eggs, Meat, and Dairy

These things are all available year round locally. In the summer months it is easy to fill up on fresh veggies and fruits, but in the winter consider upping your intake of these high proteins- they will keep you full and warm in the cold months!

If you try to eat a mostly or all local diet, how do you keep your promise in the colder months? I’d love to hear your suggestions on eating local in the winter!

15 Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipes

stuffed acorn squash

This year we were blessed with an amazing winter squash crop. One of the varieties we grow is this White Acorn Squash. It is a nice compact plant, so it fits well in a smaller garden- unlike many of the other winter squashes whose long vines take over! Acorn squash is a nice small squash that is the perfect size and shape for stuffing. You can stuff them in one of two ways- either slice them in half, remove the seeds, and stuff the 2 halves, or cut the top portion off, scoop out the seeds and you have one larger bowl to stuff.

Most of these recipes call for roasting the squash for about 30 minutes before stuffing- I recommend seasoning well at this point so that your squash has a nice flavor.

15 Recipes for Amazing Stuffed Acorn Squash

 Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Squash

Acorn Squash with Apple, Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Pear and Sausage

Tex Mex Quinoa Stuffed Squash
Tex Mex Quinoa Stuffed Squash
Tex Mex Quinoa Stuffed Squash

 Tex Mex Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Pumpkin Risotto Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chipotle Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Beef + Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ground Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Clean Eating Stuffed Acorn Squash

Maple Apple Sausage Acorn Squash

5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash with Chestnuts, Apples and Leeks

Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Pilaf and Polska Kielbasa

Jamaican Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Try one of these recipes for your next meal- or even to serve at your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Do you have a favorite stuffed squash recipe?

Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway!

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A good dehydrator is a must for any gardener or homesteader. I have had my Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator for a few years now and it is an invaluable tool come harvest time. I constantly have it filled- with calendula, herbs, hot peppers, zucchini chips or zucchini candy.

What exactly can you do with an Excalibur Dehydrator?

You can use your dehydrator to preserves most of  your garden harvest:

Then there is homemade fruit leather for an easy and nutritious snack. Dehydrators aren’t only for food either: 23 Practical Ideas to Get More Out of Your Dehydrator

 

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The Members of the Homestead Bloggers Network have come together to  give you the opportunity to win an Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator with a 26 hour timer. This model retails for $349. It is  black and and come with 9 trays, adjustable thermostat and 7″ 600 watt fan! This giveaway is open to residents of the contiguous United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from October 15th – 22nd. Winner will be drawn October 23rd and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen.

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