Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stuff.  Stuffed.  Stuffing.

As a general rule, I like anything stuffed.  Chicken, turkey birds, fish, shrimp, my face.  Anything.

 I especially love stuffing squash!  It's a beautiful presentation, and so satisfying.  The squash almost has the consistency of mashed potatoes and who doesn't like that? Just weirdos, that's who.

I tried a recipe a while ago with turkey sausage and kale,and it was amazing.  Tonight I was using up what I had in my house and this was the result!  This recipe also includes farro, it's not an ingredient that's very commonly used but you must try it!  If you see it at the grocery store, grab some and start Googling ways to prepare it.  It's almost like barley but with a slightly chewy bite to it.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

1 med-large acorn squash
Coconut oil or olive oil cooking spray

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 med onion, halved and sliced thin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
5 cups baby spinach
1 plum tomato, seeds removed, chopped
1 cup cooked farro or quinoa
1/4 cup no sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tablespoon pecans
1/8 cup or 1 oz goat cheese

Preheat oven to 400.  Slice acorn squash in half and remove seeds.  Cut a small slice out of the bottom so it will lay flat on the pan.  Place both sides on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 45 mins to an hour or until tender.

In a large saucepan, heat 2 tsp of olive oil.  Add onion and garlic until softened.  Add the ground turkey and break up with your spatula, once the turkey is cooked through add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, spinach, tomato and chicken broth.  Cover pan for 3 minutes.  Remove cover and stir until combined.  Let reduce down in the pan for about 5 minutes on low-medium heat.  Once the liquid has evaporated a little add the farro and stir.

Remove the squash from the oven and fill with turkey mixture.  Pack down so you can fit a lot in there.  Sprinkle bread crumb/pecan mixture over the top then add the goat cheese.  Spray with cooking spray and place under the broiler in your oven for 2-3 minutes or until browned.


Tip: Make this with southwestern seasoning, and black beans and use shredded cheddar instead of goat cheese.  Taco Squash!

(21 Day Fixers- 1 half acorn squash filled is-2 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 tsp)

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