Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is a slightly sweet and nutty cousin of the pumpkin, versatile and delicious baked, steamed or grilled. The whole squash can be eaten as the skin becomes soft and tender as it cooks and the seeds can be toasted in garlic and olive oil for a satisfying crunch.

 

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Entree
4-8
 
To prepare an Acorn squash, wash the outside then use a large sharp knife to cut in half. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and strings. Wash and reserve the seeds.
Ingredients
  • 2 Acorn squash, halved, seeds reserved
  • 1 cup rinsed Quinoa
  • ¼ cup Diced Onion & Garlic
  • 1-2 cups Chopped Veggies (Asian eggplant and zucchini)
  • 1 can crushed tomato + water (1 cup Quinoa takes about 2 cups liquid)
  • Spices (Oregano, Basil, Red pepper flakes, Salt & Pepper)
Instructions
  1. Bake the prepared Acorn squash in a 300 degree oven for 1.5-2 hrs., or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in a pan sprayed with olive oil.
  3. Add the eggplant and zucchini, saute for 3 more minutes or until eggplant begins to turn translucent.
  4. Sprinkle with herbs, salt & pepper.
  5. Push veggies up around edge of pan, making an area to pour and toast Quinoa in center.
  6. Stirring the Quinoa constantly, toast until golden brown in color (it will pop).
  7. Add can of crushed tomatoes, stir and let cook for 15 minutes, adding water as needed.
  8. When all liquid is absorbed, taste and adjust seasonings.
  9. Put seeds on cookie sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt and broil until browned and crisp.
  10. Scoop filling into squash, sprinkle with seeds and serve!

 

Grandma E made that ceramic pumpkin for me when I was 1 year old….AJBeans particularly liked that in the picture it seems to be watching in mock horror as the squash was served. Silly Pumpkin, plants are for humans!

Happy Halloween!

Quick Fix: Overnight Oatmeal Cookie Oats

A quick and healthy breakfast that will fill you up and is ready in 1-2 minutes. I make a few jars at a time and stick in the fridge/lunchbox for the next few days. Done and done.

 

 

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Quick Fix: Overnight Oatmeal Cookie Oats
Breakfast
1
 
I keep a ready supply of frozen ripe bananas in a ziplock bag. Feel free to use the one on your counter, just mash well. I save all my glass PB, Brown Rice syrup etc. jars and reuse them for overnight oats. The possibilities are endless, try with a sprinkle of chocolate chips or a swirl of peanut butter.
Ingredients
  • Half a frozen banana
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbl. - ¼ cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1-2 tsp. Chia Seeds
  • Sweetener of choice (Agave, Honey or Zsweet)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Sprinkle of spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves
  • Almond milk
  • sprinkle of raisins
Instructions
  1. Stick banana in jar, microwave 20-40 seconds or until melted.
  2. Add oats, spices, vanilla, Chia seeds, raisins, sweetener, and enough milk to cover.
  3. Stir, taste, adjust seasonings & sweetener.
  4. Put on lid, stick in fridge overnight.
  5. Add more liquid if needed. Eat as is or microwave for 1½- 2 minutes.

 

Fronana! Quick Fix Sweet Tooth: 3 minutes to a creamy (healthy) vanilla treat!

We all get the sweet tooth craving and want something quick! Try this amazingly delicious, 2 ingredient fluffy & creamy “ice cream”  quick fix and comment what you think!

Somehow it tastes just like an ice cream and not “banana-y”…AJ even dug in for an after dinner dessert fix!

 

 

Quick Fix Sweet Tooth: Raw Ice Cream
Dessert
1-2
 
I buy big bunches of bananas and as soon as they are ripe I peel them and stick in a large freezer bag. We also use them in protein shakes because of their creamy, fluffy consistency and sweetness.
Ingredients
  • 2 Frozen Bananas (frozen for at least 2 hours or if sliced thin-1 hour)
  • 1-2 Tsp. vanilla
  • Almond milk (optional)
  • Zsweet (optional)
  • cacao nibs (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend bananas & Vanilla in your food processor for a few minutes.
  2. Scrape down the sides and process until they take on a fluffy, ice cream consistency.
Optional:
  1. Add a few tablespoons of milk if desired to make more like soft serve.
  2. Add a few teaspoons of Zsweet if bananas were more on the green side.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips or sprinkle with Cacao nibs and eat!
  4. Try adding peanut butter, cocoa powder or pieces of Newman's O's YUM...

 

Banana, Vanilla, Almond Milk w/Cacao Nibs