Published On: Fri, Dec 13th, 2019

Stuffed roasted butternut squash

A centre-piece stuffed roasted butternut squash

You can’t get a much healthier main than this stuffed roasted butternut squash. Gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan, it’s packed full of nutrients so you can splurge guilt-free elsewhere!

Stuffed roasted butternut squash

Stuffed roasted butternut squash

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients

For the butternut squash

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Stuffing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 85 g wild rice
  • 85 g white rice
  • 60 g walnuts, chopped
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 4.

To make the butternut squash

  1. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds, then put both halves on a baking tray, cut-side up. Drizzle the olive oil on top of each squash and rub around to coat. Bake for 60-75 minutes until the squash is cooked and fork tender.

  2. Once baked, remove the squash from the oven. Let it cool enough so that you can handle it. Scoop out the flesh in the centre of both squash halves, leaving about a 2.5cm (1in) border all around. Set aside the scooped-out squash flesh and chop it up.

To make the stuffing

  1. Prepare the stuffing while the squash is baking. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat. When hot, sauté the carrots, celery, onion and garlic until the veggies soften and begin to brown.

  2. Add the wild rice and veggie broth to the pan, give it a stir, then cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Now add the white rice to the pan, cover and continue to cook another 8-10 minutes until the rice absorbs the broth.

  3. Add the walnuts, dried cranberries, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. When ready, add in the scooped out and chopped squash flesh. Stir well to combine.

To stuff the squash

  1. Pack in as much of the stuffing into both sides of the squash as you can. Pick up one squash half and flip it on top of the other. Use kitchen string to tie up the squash in 3 or 4 places, holding it together.

  2. When you are ready to bake, lightly brush the top with more olive oil. Bake for 20-35 minutes until hot all the way through. Season the top with cracked pepper and a sprinkle of chopped sage. The slices are tender and will easily fall apart; to help, hold them together with a wide spatula and carefully transfer them to the plate.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed roasted butternut squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.2g13%
Saturated Fat 0.8g5%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 4.9g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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