Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash


3 acorn squash, medium

2 teaspoons organic coconut oil or ghee

Sea salt

1 Tbsp organic coconut oil or ghee, plus more, if needed

1 lb. pork sausage

1 small onion, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

4 oz. mushrooms of any kind, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 apple, diced

1 Tbsp fresh sage leaves, minced (1 teaspoon if using dried)

1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, minced (1 teaspoon if using dried)

1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, minced (1 teaspoon if using dried)

1/3 cup organic raisins or dried cranberries

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish, if desired



1. Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cut each squash open lengthwise, then scoop out seeds/strings with a spoon, leaving a “bowl” in the center.

3. Brush the top of each squash half with melted coconut oil (or ghee) and sprinkle lightly with sea salt, then place face down on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the squash feels soft when you press on it. Roasting time will vary depending on the size of your squash.

4. While the squash roasts, prepare the stuffing. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee. Add the sausage, breaking up any lumps to evenly brown. Once browned, remove from heat and transfer to a plate, leaving fat in the skillet.

5. Return skillet to medium heat and add the onions, celery, mushrooms, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Stir to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring to avoid burning.

6. Add the diced apple, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, allowing apples to soften.

7. Add the raisins or cranberries and browned sausage back to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for another 2 minutes to blend flavors.

8. Once ready to stuff the squash, preheat the broiler and arrange the 4 squash halves face-up on the baking sheet. Scoop the stuffing mixture into each one, filling them evenly.

9. Once filled, set your broiler to high and broil until tops of stuffing and squash are nicely browned, 5 minutes or so. Garnish with fresh minced parsley, serve and enjoy.


Serves 6

Inspired by Paleo Running Momma

Patient Testimonials

Dr Don Sharnowski is a doctor who is above and beyond all other doctors! Probably his most outstanding quality is that he LISTENS to what his patients say. He is willing to explain things to his patients in terms they can understand. Dr Don treats his patients with wisdom, understanding, gentleness, care, encouragement and he is willing to "go the extra mile" to give his patients the proper treatment they need. He does not treat patients like they were on an assembly line or like he is rushing them out the door. Dr Don has fixed many of the problems I had at my first visit, one of which I had endured for 3 years. Dr Don was able to fix that problem in 2 weeks when others had not. Dr Don has also helped me loose 40 lbs so far. My total recovery is still an ongoing process, but should be a cinch with Dr Don's expert help! Thank you, Dr Don! You are an awesome answer to prayers!

Karen G.

Super Awesome Doctor in Overland Park, Kansas!! He really knows his stuff love his Holistic approach. Wish I lived closer so I could see him on the regular, at least we can chat on the regular! Very informative in all aspects of health! Five years ago this man took our health and turned it around 360 degrees. My son got ear infections very often. Both my boys have respiratory issues. My husband asthma and overweight. Myself aches and pains, specifically on my left side and joints. Well needless to say no more ear infections respiratory not nearly as often my husband is 80lbs less and never uses his inhaler . My sons ear infections...What ear infections...They are no longer! Thanks Dr. Don for all you do and have done!!

Lots of Love from The Stevens

Dr Don Sharnowski is truly an amazing Doctor. He listens to his patients and treats in a very complete way. He is very knowledgeable because he never stops learning. He is a great communicator and will help you learn better ways to be healthy if you will actually do what he teaches.

Cassie N.

Don (Dr Sharnowski) is truly one of a kind. He is warm, inviting and incredibly generous with his time, but also really knowledgeable about the body and everything within. You won't find crystal balls here. You'll find a super nice guy in sneakers who also sells farm fresh eggs at the counter. I went in expecting to get adjusted (and was scared, because I'd never seen a chiro before). Instead, what I experienced was someone who actually sat down and listened to my history, connected the dots between several ailments (instead of jumping to prescribe one drug apiece to treat each one), and explained things that no one had ever taken the time to do. I was there about my back specifically, but we talked about my whole health. Instead of just prescribing an anti inflammatory (which is what my other doc did), he explained why we get inflammation in our bodies, and how to help reduce it with what we eat. I've also been on thyroid medication for over 10 years, and he actually explained what the thyroid is, and what the drug I take is, and what it does. But not in a defensive or overly crunchy way. He just openly explained in a way that I could understand it. I highly recommend Don to anyone with a body who wants to feel better. His approach is approachably holistic. Just common sense, whole body-centered treatment.

Megh K.