Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thanksgiving-Inspired, Stuffed Acorn Squash

You heard correctly.
I basically just had a miniature Thanksgiving all cooked and stuffed into a perfectly cooked acorn squash!  I almost ate both halves.. it was that good.

As my friend - LISA - was over, tackling our pol sci problem sct.... I started salivating at the thought of squash. Specifically, squash of the stuffed variety.  I literally got up, took out an acorn squash that I picked up the other day (on my grocery adventure from Hell), and started prepping for dinner.

Thanksgiving-inspired, Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- Sugar-free maple syrup
- Cinnamon, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

- 2/3 cup of meatless crumbles (Bocca soy crumbles for me!)
- about 2 cups of chopped cauliflower and brocolli
- 1/3 of a sweet yellow onion
- 1/3 cup of cottage cheese
- a handful of baby mushrooms
- sauce: I used turkey gravy from a jar.  I've also used cream of mushroom
- cheese: I used fat-free mozarella & cheddar cheese.

I washed the outside of the squash, cut the squash in half, and scooped out the insides.
I brushed the insides with no-sugar-added maple syrup, salt pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary.

I placed them, face down, in a baking pan, and cooked at 375 for about 25-30 minutes. (until squishy)

While this was cooking, I prepared my filling!
I mixed cauliflower, broccoli, and my sliced onions and sauteed them until tender.  I added in the mushrooms and the meatless crumbles.  At the very end (after I took the squash out of the over), I mixed in the cottage cheese and poured about 1/2 cup of gravy over the mixture (or any sauce of your choice). Then -- get to stuffing that squash!

Add your cheese on top.

Bake for about 3-5 minutes and turn to broil for the last 2 minutes.
Look at how gorgeous these are.... oh my goodness.

I almost didn't stop to take a picture -- it smelled and looked so darn amazing!!

Check out that perfect bite: meat crumble, mushroom, broccoli, squash... and all smothered in gravy.

I added some more maple syrup, just for kicks :)
I'm in love with this recipe. Stuffed squash is my new "dish"... it's been declared.

I'm off to study, go to yoga, and get FroYo!!
Hope you had an amazing weekend

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