Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Veggie-Stuffed Acorn Squash

-2 small acorn squash (appx 1.25 lbs each)
-3/4 cup cooked millet
-appx 6 cups raw spinach
-1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
-1 tbsp peanut flour
-3 tbsp almond milk (or soy, or dairy, or whatever)
-1/4 cup lowfat greek yogurt
-1/2 cup texturized soy protein
-1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- sprinkle of cumin, curry powder and garlic powder
- 4 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
-1/4 cup shredded asiago

Make sure your squash are perfect. I usually kiss mine to find out.

Remind yourself that even though you're STARVING after your run, the squash will taste better when cooked. Remove from mouth.

Halve both squash and scoop out the seeds. Leave the squash flesh (ew. I hate the word flesh.) in tact. 

Place two squash halves face down in a microwave safe dish with 1/2 inch of water, microwave on high for 10 mins. Repeat with other two squash halves.

After microwaving, scoop out most of the squash meat (that sounds weird too...), leaving some in the skins for sturdiness (the skins will be a bit floppy after the microwave).

Preheat oven to 350. While it's heating, brown onion in some olive oil in a pan on the stove. Add peanut flour, almond milk and spinach- cover and allow to wilt. 

Don't be afraid of the TSP. It looks WIERD in the package, but it's the same stuff you find in veggie chili or some veggie burgers. Combine 1/2 cup TSP with 1 1/2 cups water, cover and heat in a saucepan until the water is absorbed. Add to spinach/onion mix. 

Add cooked millet, Greek yogurt, nutritional yeast and seasonings to the spinach mix. Combine well and reduce heat for 3 minutes.

After spraying the bottom of a glass cooking dish, it's squash-stuffin' time!
 Set your squash shells in the dish and divide the filling between them!

 Shred some cheese! Sprinkle it over the squash and top with your breadcrumbs!

Have your hubbers (or someone equally useful) pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Impromptu photo shots are the best way to pass the time while waiting for dinner.

The second the timer dings, pull these babies out!

Revel in their crunchy-topped savory deliciousness.

And if you wanna lick the shell, I won't tell...