Fall squash make a perfect all in one dinner.

It’s getting darker and colder… and I don’t know about you, but that makes me crave comfort food. And usually, that also means high calorie carbs. But it doesn’t have to! I love this recipe for stuffed acorn squash. It’s hot and filling, but coming in at under 400 calories, it also will help you fit into your holiday dress. Add a salad, and you have a great dinner. So pour a glass of wine while it bakes and get ready to enjoy an easy after work favorite.

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage

Ingredients

    • 2 medium acorn squash, halved down the middle, seeds removed
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Olive oil cooking spray
    • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
    • 8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
    • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, halved and sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 4 cups tightly packed torn kale
    • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan
    • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

    1. Heat oven to 375°. Cut a thin slice off round side of each squash half to create a stable base. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; coat with cooking spray. Place squash flesh side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; bake until golden and tender, 30 minutes. Remove from oven; flip squash and set aside. Heat broiler. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add sausage; cook, breaking into coarse pieces, until brown, 6 minutes; transfer to a bowl. To same skillet, add remaining 2 teaspoons oil and leek; cook until leek is soft, 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, 30 seconds. Add kale and toss; add broth. Cover and cook until kale is tender, 5 minutes; stir in sausage. Divide kale-sausage filling among squash. In a bowl, combine walnuts, Parmesan and panko; sprinkle evenly over squash bowls and coat with cooking spray. Broil until panko is golden, 2 minutes.

Per serving: 376 calories, 17 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 47 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 17 g protein

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