Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tex-Mex Stuffed Acorn Squash

Great fall recipe from flat belly diet book, it is easy and quick. It has become a family favorite since the first time I tried it.

2 med acorn squash (about 1¼ lb each), halved and seeded
2 tsp olive oil
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 c canned black beans, rinsed and drained
½ c pine nuts, toasted (you can use sliced almonds if you don't have pine nuts)
1 lg tomato (6 oz), coarsely chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 oz reduced-fat Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ c)

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat rimmed baking sheet with olive oil spray.

2. Brush cut sides and cavity of squash with oil. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Place cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until tender (don’t pierce with fork). Turn cut-side up.

3. Mix beans, pine nuts, tomato, scallions, cumin, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper in medium bowl. Spoon heaping ½ cup of bean mixture into each squash half, pressing down gently to get all filling in. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

4. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden brown

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 324 cal, 12 g pro, 38 g carb, 8 g fiber, 17.5 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 10 mg chol, 363 mg sodium

According to Flat Belly Book, this squash dish supplies nearly four servings of veggies.

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