Some people just aren’t squash lovers. I can’t say if it’s the texture, or the taste, but one of those squash haters lives in my house. The problem is, I love squash, and acorn squash is my favorite.
I found this recipe on Foodbuzz by Healthy Delicious that I just had to try. I skipped the chorizo, and opted for smoked turkey sausage, but other than that, I followed the recipe and wasn’t disappointed.
Now have a squash convert in my house. My husband loved the dish, and even took leftovers for lunch the next day!
- * 2 small acorn squash
- * 1 Tbs olive oil
- * 1 white onion, chopped
- * 1 clove garlic, minced
- * 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- * 1.5 cups black beans
- * 1 tsp oregano
- * 2 tsp cinnamon
- * 2 tsp cumin
- * 1 pinch smoked paprika
- * 1 cup chicken stock
- * 3 oz. Spanish (dry cured) chorizo, diced
- * 1 Tbs brown sugar
- * 1 oz. queso oaxaca, shredded
- * cracked black pepper
- Heat oven to 350.
- Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place squash cut-side down in a baking dish. Pour 1 cup water into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes, or until onion softens and begins to brown. Add pepper, and cook another 3-4 minutes to allow it to soften slightly. Add beans, spices, and stock. Cook for about 10 minutes or until liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chorizo.
- Divide brown sugar between the squash halves, sprinkling it into the cavity where the seeds used to be. Divide bean and chorizo mixture between squash. Top with cheese and black pepper. Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Winter squash are high in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, fiber, manganese, folate, and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s also high in B vitamins, copper and tryptophan. Winter squash has been found to have anti-cancer effects. Winter squash is known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Filling and a great source of protein.
Approx. 350 calories, 13 grams fat, 9 grams fiber, 16 grams protein
Weight Watchers Points 7
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.