Monday, 4 August 2014

Butternut squash stuffed with quinoa and more delicious awesomeness

If you saw my stuffed tomatoes recipe or my stuffed avocado recipe, you'll see a pattern here - I'm kind of on a 'stuffing things' kick when it comes to cooking. You see, when it comes to a stuffed vegetable dish, it's usually going to end up being one of my favourite types of recipes: of the easy and healthy variety. 

They tend to be 'dump' and go types of dishes, and this one is no different. There are a lot of steps, but don't let that mislead you. They're simple, such as: put squash in oven... dump beans in pot. Easy, healthy recipes = life savers on busy days! And that's something we need around here!

Thus, given the hectic-ness that has become life, and the amount of assorted stuffed foods you've been seeing on here this summer, this logically also had to happen: 


Easy healthy recipes: quinoa stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

To be honest, I'm not too sure what to call it other than 'this'. There's a squash, there's some kind of chili/Mexican-y concoction, there's cheese, and there is a whole lot of quinoa. And it was delicious. This was also a clever way for me to get my now picky kiddo to eat beans! Cue happy dance! Although, I suppose the prospect of eating butternut squash totally made the beans worth it as butternut squash is still one of his all time favourite foods. Mine, too. Hence this recipe:

Easy healthy recipes: quinoa stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

Easy healthy recipes:

Quinoa stuffed butternut squash 


Ingredients

  • 1 whole butternut squash
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 4 tablespoons sliced olives
  • 500 ml water (2 1/4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cheese of choice
  • 1 green onion

Spices


Easy healthy recipes: quinoa stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit  
  • Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Leave the skin on.
  • Place halves onto a baking tray, cut side down and add about an inch worth of water 
  • Bake the squash for about 40 minutes or until it is soft. You can test it by poking with a fork. The fork should go in easily. 
  • Heat a skillet 
  • Add onion
  • Add carrot
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the cheese and green onion
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, or whatever the quinoa package suggests. 
  • Turn off heat. 
  • Optional: you can mash the beans a bit for a thicker, paste like consistency
  • Remove the squash from the oven, let cool until you can touch it
  • Flip the squash, spoon out a little bit of its lovely flesh (you can add this to the filling we made above, or save it for later. You could even use it instead of the potato in this tuna cakes recipe.)
  • Add the filling to the squash
  • Add cheese over the squash and return to oven for 10 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, add some fresh herbs (I used a few leaves from a maggi plant and some lemon herbs), and add the green onion 

Easy healthy recipes: quinoa stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

For more healthy recipes, be sure to stop by my Healthy Recipes page! For some (p)inspiration, visit my Healthy Recipes board on pinterest.


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