Sunday, September 29, 2013

You're gonna fall for this fall recipe! Mediterranean Style Stuffed Acorn Squash

I don't know why it has taken me so long to come out with another Israeli Couscous dish.  But that long wait will never happen again!  I forget each time how much I love it!  It just makes sense to create Mediterranean flavors with it!  And, shoot, why not make an entire meal and make it a stuffing for acorn squash.  It is officially fall, after all!

This is super healthy and satisfying!  You get that sunny, bright and citrus flavor from the couscous colliding with the nutty and heart warming squash.  I mean, who wouldn't want to eat this???

Mediterranean Style Stuffed Acorn Squash

Have this leftover?  Ryan took a serving for dinner tonight with him and said it was even better a day old!

Makes me kind of sad because that was the last of it.  All the reason to make it again!

2 acorn squash halved and seeded
1 tbsp vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
2 c Israeli couscous
4 c vegetable broth
4 tbsp capers
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 lemon juiced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp evoo
3 tbsp chopped parsley
3 vine ripe tomatoes

Preheat oven 400.  Take your acorn squash, cut in half, seed and trim off the the bottoms of the squash so they can sit flat while baking.  Melt vegan butter and brush squash with it.  Lightly season with salt and pepper and bake for 45-60 min.
In meantime, heat evoo in sauce pan and toast couscous for about 2 minutes.  Add veggie broth, bring to a boil and cover/simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  Transfer to bowl, add in 1 tbsp evoo, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, parsley, capers and seasoning.  Set aside to cool.
In another pot, boil water and cook vine ripe tomatoes for about 5-8 minutes.  Drain, return to pot and crush with fork.  Add in fresh garlic and saute for about 3 minutes.  Transfer half of sauce into couscous salad and save the rest for underneath acorn squash.

Once squash is done baking, scoop in couscous salad mixture into the squash and serve with sauce.  SOOOOO  GOOOD!  I know it seems a bit wordy, but it is much easier that it seems!

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