FOOD FORECAST: IT’S RAINING ACORN SQUASH!
It’s no longer shining with peaches and an overcast of watermelons, but the food forecast this fall is raining with acorn squash! Get ready to embrace puddles of potassium and raindrops of antioxidants with this nutrient rich fruit! Toss your umbrellas, and whip out your aprons, baskets, and chef’s knives to make the most of this splashing fruit and for so many health reasons:
Rich in Potassium which helps regulate blood pressure
Has high levels of vitamin A which protects eye health
Anti- Inflammatory fruit
Great source of fiber, which aids in digestion. Acorn squash provides 5 grams of dietary fiber in every 1/2-cup serving.
Full of antioxidants to keep you looking young and to ward of chronic illness
Anti-inflammatory- Good to treat Asthma, Arthritis, and other diseases
Great for maintaining skin health
Promotes strong bones
Great food for weight loss in that it has zero fat, zero cholesterol, and one cup of cube acorn squash is 56 calories
Blood sugar regulation for diabetes
Fantastic source of vitamin c which is important in immunity
Prevents the onset of cataracts
Good source of magnesium
FIBBERIFIC LEAN AND MEAN RECIPE
ACORN STUFFED WITH QUINOA, BLACK BEAN, CORN, AND AVOCADO MIX
3-4 small acorn squash, sliced in half
1 medium onion (Cut and dice)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
2 4-oz. can of green chilies ( Cut up in small cubes)
1.5 cups cooked gluten free quinoa ( Cook the Quinoa the night before)
1 can black beans ( drain and rinse)
¼ cup chopped scallions
¼ cup feta cheese OR ALMOND CHEESE,
¼ cup of corn
2 avocados, diced
2 limes squeezed, 1 lime for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out the insides. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Oil the baking tray so the acorn squash doesn’t stick to it. Bake the cut side up of the squashes for about 45-50 minutes or until your squash is tender in the middle and browned around the edges.
Add olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Cook the onion until soft and brown, and then add the garlic, cumin, 1 teaspoon of coriander and save the other teaspoon of coriander for once everything is added. Add the green chilies and stir again, then add the quinoa, black beans, scallions, feta or vegan cheese, squeeze two limes and then add another teaspoon or coriander and more salt and pepper, to taste.
Remove skillet from the heat, then stir in the diced avocado. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Make the gluten free quinoa a day before and store it in the fridge. Wait to add the avocado until ready to stuff & serve. Add some greens like arugula or baby spinach on the bottom of the plate with sliced lime. To make vegan don’t use feta, but use almond cheese.
YIELDS 5-6 SERVINGS
ALWAYS FOCUS ON COUNTING MACROS WITH HEALTHY PORTIONS
FAT: AVOCADO, OLIVE OIL, FETA
CARB: SQUASH, AND THE BLACK BEANS, QUINOA
FIBER: SQUASH AND BLACK BEANS
PROTEIN: BLACK BEANS AND QUINOA
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