Acorn Squash Ramen, #SundaySupper

Squirrels scamper around Boulder, Colorado. They dart in and around and up trees. I even saw one squirrel nibbling a nut. Or maybe it was an acorn. Sly ninja moves to capture close-ups of the cuties on film are no match for the masters of escape. Perhaps the squirrels are skittish because they’re hoarding food. 



Are you looking for an acorn Mr. Squirrel?


Fall temps are fully evident in Boulder. "Tis the season for the richly hued green and orange acorn-shaped squash. As this Sunday Supper Twitter chat revolves around squash, Japanese kabocha initially jumped into my mind. (See below for your invite to this always fun chat.) But local markets won’t see the yummy baked with brown sugar and butter Japanese kabocha until winter. 



A few images from Boulder including a photo of
a friendly cat who followed me on a walk.


Destiny or serendipity introduced me to the acorn squash. (Did you know National Acorn Squash Day is September 7th?) These beauties would’ve been brilliant simply baked with splashes of oil and soy sauce. (Of course, I scooped out the seeds first.) 



Acorn squash halves turn out to be ideal ramen noodle bowls!


However, I do love ramen noodles. So, I slipped in scrumptious lightly fried Japanese ramen noodles and veggies into the wells of the acorn squash halves. 



 


Pulling this hearty fall meal together is a no-brainer. Most American markets sell ramen noodles and Japanese daikon radish today. Scallions, carrots and broccoli are staples in any supermarket large and small. Go ahead. Pull out those sweaters and get ready to dive into a wonderful fusion of Japanese, American and fall flavors!

Acorn Squash Ramen

Lovely plain with or without additional soy sauce. The acorn squash stands alone in yumminess. Baked for an hour, the acorn squash meat is soft but not mushy. The squash meat also blends well with the not-too-soft, not-too-hard, just right (hello Golidlocks!) ramen noodles, veggies and soy sauce. Scallions add a pleasant bite.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • Sprinkles of salt and pepper
  • 1 package of ramen noodles (without the instant seasoned soup)
  • ¼ cup daikon radish (about 5 small slices, quartered)
  • ¼ cup sliced carrot medallions (about the size of US nickels)
  • 1 small broccoli head shredded into small florets
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3-3½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup firm tofu cubes (Feel free to substitute bacon or your favorite protein.)
  • 2 scallion bulbs, chopped

Directions: 

Spilt an acorn squash vertically. Rub the oil and soy sauce on and into the two halves of the squash. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 1 hour.

Place the ramen noodles, daikon radish, carrots and broccoli florets Into a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes. Or until you can gently separate the noodles and the veggies are no longer hard. (Make sure all the ingredients are covered in water.) Do not add the seasoned soup packet from the ramen package.

Drain the water from the pan with ramen noodles and veggies. Sprinkle the oil and soy sauce over the ingredients. Continuously (gently) stirring, fry the ramen noodles and veggies over medium heat.

Divide the ramen and veggies into the acorn squash bowls. Garnish with tofu and scallions, if desired. Enjoy with additional soy sauce and black or Japanese togarashi chili pepper to taste.

Ninja Note: Soy sauce eliminates the need for salt. (Unless you are using low sodium soy sauce.)

Today’s SundaySupper hosts are Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei and Christy of Confessions of a Culinary Diva. They are a dynamite duo whose vast knowledge of cuisine covers many continents. I’m ever grateful to Alice for sharing the wonderful fact that Wilton’s cake decorating classes are now available in Tokyo. I’m very appreciative of Christy, too. She's opened my eyes to the joys of cilantro ice cream! The recipes below will also tantalize your taste buds.

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Wishing you a splendid fall which is colored with riches for your spirit!

The Ninja Baker

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