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Flavors of Fall

It’s finally arrived. The season of tall boots and jeans. Apples and pumpkins. Oh yeah, and back to school and work.  With fall officially starting tomorrow, I’m bringing to you one of the delicious fall-inspired recipes from one of my favorite cooking websites – EatingWell.com.  I’m sure by now you are starting to see pumpkin everywhere you turn.  Perhaps you even saw this meme making it’s way across the internet universe

 

But instead of a pumpkin recipe, I’ve chosen something else in the same family: Acorn squash. Get your vitamin A groove on folks.

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash (6 servings)

Ingredients
3 acorn squash, (3/4-1 pound each)
5 ounces bulk turkey sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper,chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
Several dashes hot red pepper sauce, to taste
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Preparation
1)  Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2)  Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
3)  Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.
4)  When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325°. Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition
Per serving: 259 calories; 7 g fat ( 4 g sat , 1 g mono ); 29 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 7 g fiber; 482 mg sodium; 884 mg potassium.

 

Happy Fall Everyone!

—Christina Molinski, MS, RD—

 

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