June 14, 2010

Simple Stuffed Squash

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Before I moved, I had Gena over for one of our bitchin’ kitchen dinners, but a blog post about it kind of got lost in the hubbub that followed. Now that I’m settled, I’ve thought back on it and wondered whether I ought to post the recipe. I’ve hesitated because it seemed too simple and shortcut-ified to justify a whole post, but upon further reflection, that may just be the beauty of it.

I feel like a broken record on the whole easy-yet-healthy theme, but if you’ll forgive me, I have a feeling that we can all use an abundance of ideas that offer the most taste bang for your simplified (and diminutive) buck.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Simple Stuffed Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, halved with seeds scooped out
  • cooked brown rice (or other grain of choice)
  • shredded veggies (i.e. broccoli slaw, carrots)
  • nama shoyu/tamari/soy sauce
  • brown rice vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • mirin

Directions:

  1. Bake the squash halves cut side down on a cookie sheet in about an inch of water at 400* for about 30-35 minutes, until easily pierced by a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, combine rice (I started with about 3 cups) with shredded/chopped veggies in a large skillet.
  3. Add equal parts nama shoyu, vinegar, oil and mirin (I used probably 3 tbsp each). Stir over medium-low head until warmed through. Alternatively, marinate all these ingredients overnight and warm briefly before adding to the squash.
  4. Once squash is done, place it cut side up on a plate and fill with rice-veggie mixture as desired.
  5. Optional topping: mash an avocado with some lime juice, salt and pepper. Highly recommended!

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Note: If you can’t find/don’t have mirin, I think that an alternative sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup or agave would work too. It will taste a little different, but still totally fine.

As you can tell, this is more of a formula than a recipe, but it comes out so fancy looking that it’s more than impressive enough to serve to a guest. Gena will never know that I barely lifted a finger to make this dinner!

…Whoops.

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Basically, the key word here is easy. Easy on the eyes, easy on the tongue, easy on the belly, and most importantly, easy to make, start to finish. If I’m known for anything, it shall surely be for the word easy [a lifetime of ex-boyfriends raise their hands in protest].

And as I’ve yet to replenish my pantry since moving, easy continues to be the operative word. Off I go to spread avocado on toast and call it dinner!

8 comments:

CrookedMoonMama said...

Hee hee avocado on toast? Come on...cutting and slicing an avocado is hard work...just grab some almond butter. :)
xoxo

Gena said...

Lucky meeeeeeeeeeee!

Gabriela said...

This totally qualifies as a recipe :) It looks delicious, I'm bookmarking this for fall when I'm in the mood for squash 24/7!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Simple is where it's at! Looks like an amazing meal to me.

Okay..now I'm starving. Must stop reading food blogs before eating!! ;-)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I am so jealz that you and Gena meetup for din din. Omg I want to be invited! I promise to bring something good to eat. Or at the very least, plenty of F bombs and good hot topics LOL

Way to hang those curtains. You are handywoman, hear you roar!

MelissaNibbles said...

Easy is my middle name. I can't deal with recipes that have ingredient lists that are a mile long. They stress me out and I can't afford to buy tons of crap. I love this! I have brown rice and broccoli slaw right now. I just need to pick up a squash!

More easy recipes for Lazy Melissa please!

Maytina said...

Easy yet healthy is the best combo!! Great ideas. Avocado on toast totally qualifies as dinner.

runwritetherapylife said...

Nothing wrong with some easy healthy dinners. Sometimes I stick frozen fruit in a bowl and add cereal, milk, and pb and call it dinner. Shhhh, don't tell anyone....

For some reason I just don't like rice. I can't figure it out. It's such a basic, simple, healthful food. But I can't get into it. Meh. I would totally try this with quinoa or even oats if i was feeling adventurous though! Noms.

Happy weekend! :)