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Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Last night I came across a new recipe on Eating Well's website. It was seriously the best dish that I think Dana and I have ever come across. I knew right away that I had to share it with you. It is the easiest to prepare and tastes better than anything you will find in a restaurant. And, to top it off, its super healthy! For those of you who have children, I would do everything as follows except the hot sauce....Enjoy!

NUTRITION PROFILE:
Low Calorie | High Fiber | Low Cholesterol | Low Sat Fat | High Calcium | High Potassium | Heart Healthy | Healthy Weight

Sweet and creamy acorn squash balances the slightly spicy sausage filling.

Makes 6 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 45 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 1/2 hours

EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy

3 acorn squash (3/4-1 pound each)
5 ounces bulk turkey sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
Several dashes hot red pepper sauce, to taste
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add turkey sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.
4. When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325°. Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 259 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 1 g mono); 29 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrate; 15 g protein; 7 g fiber; 482 mg sodium; 884 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (80% daily value), Vitamin A (45% dv), Calcium (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable

 

 

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