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Note: Fall Break will be from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23 this semester.

 

From – Alexis Smith, Staff writer

A Mouthwatering, Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Greek Stuffed Acorn Squash

Courtesy of somethewiser.danoah.com

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family, friends and eat oneself into a food coma.

For those who are beginning to stray away from the traditional Thanksgiving main course of turkey or ham, vegetarians looking for a new recipe or those just looking for a unique recipe, this dish is sure to steal the show from even the most devout carnivores.

Setting out to find the most delicious and healthy food for this vegetarian twist on the upcoming holiday was a small feat after finding Some the Wiser. The website features: Greek Stuffed Acorn Squash that has “Vibrant Greek flavors, hearty quinoa, beans, and greens, with a crispy bread crumb topping and cheesy goodness to finish it all off.” The dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare and an hour to bake.

This hearty, healthy and delicious dish has the versatility to be either a main course or a side dish and will make a lasting impression in the stomachs of those who taste it.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium/large acorn squash, halved and seeded

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  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups chopped greens (spinach, chard leaves, kale)
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • ⅓ cup sliced kalamata olives
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush the insides of each squash with 2 tablespoons softened butter, then sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place squash in a roasting pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. While the squash is cooking, add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion begins to soften and turn golden. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons water, tomato paste, and remaining salt and pepper to the onion mixture, stirring to combine well. Stir in the greens and cover for about 5 minutes, or until the greens are tender. Stir in the cooked quinoa, beans, olives, and feta crumbles. Cook over low heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and remaining teaspoon of melted butter. Stuff each roasted squash half with the quinoa mixture and top with the breadcrumbs and cheese.
  5. Position rack in center of oven and preheat broiler. Broil stuffed squash halves for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are browned.

 

 

Victoria Jimenez

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