Fall = Comfort Food
There is nothing quite like a hearty (and healthy) meal to fill your tummy on a crisp fall evening.
And in an attempt to expand my veggie repertoire, I have fallen in love with acorn squash. Think you’re not a fan of squash? Give this recipe a try and I promise you’ll be hooked … I know the fiancé and I are; I’ve made it at least once a week for the past 3 weeks!
Here’s what you’ll need for 2 generous servings:
- 1 medium sized acorn squash
- 4 sausage links (I use the Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Cheese sausage from Archer Farms), cut into 1/2″ thick pieces
- 1 tablespoon EVOO
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium purple onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb mix
- 1 medium red pepper, roasted (see below for directions)
- 1 medium tomato, roasted (see below for directions)
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach or kale
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons
- Salt and pepper as needed
- 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- some water
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Roasting Your Veggies: chop tomato and bell pepper in to small chunks, remove seeds from both. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Mist with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Roast in oven for ~20 minutes.
Halve and scrape inside of the squash. Place your squash in a microwave safe dish with a little water in the bottom, sprinkle squash with salt & pepper. Microwave on high for 7-10 minutes or until tender. You can leave it in microwave until you are ready to use it.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté sausage, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes and italian seasonings with EVOO. When the sausage is nearly done, add in roasted peppers and tomatoes. Finish cooking (adding a bit of water if the mixture seems dry). Wilt in spinach (or kale) and basil.
Place squash halves in an oven-safe dish and fill with sausage mixture. Add one tablespoon of water to each half of the squash. Top with bread crumbs and cheese.
Place in oven and broil until cheese begins to brown.
(the inspiration for my recipe come from this one for Italian Sweet and Savory Squash Bowls.)
Got a yummy squash recipe? Recently try a new veggie that you were surprised to find you like? Tell me about it in the comments sections!!