Delicious squash combined with nutty rice and tangy goat cheese is a healthy delight, providing a hefty dose of fiber, vitamins A and C, and a little calcium. Serve whole or cut into wedges. This is from Delicious Living magazine, which I get from my health food store. Any good winter squash can be used.
- 1 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
- olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup wild rice
- 1⁄4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (I have used sunflower seeds too) or 1⁄4 cup pine nuts (I have used sunflower seeds too)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 cup crumbled goat cheese or 1⁄4 cup feta cheese
- Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
- Brush squash halves with olive oil and place in slow cooker (slice off bottoms to level, if necessary).
- Pour 1 cup water into the cooker, around (not into) squash.
- In a small bowl, combine wild rice blend, pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, minced garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and spices; stir until well-mixed.
- Stuff rice mixture into each squash half.
- Slowly pour about 1/2 cup vegetable broth into each squash cavity until full (don't let stuffing overflow).
- Pour any remaining broth around squash.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Just prior to serving, sprinkle with crumbled cheese.