Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins
From "The Fitness Kitchen" by Shelley Sinton. It is described as "Baked squash filled with creamy, honey-kissed ricotta and toasted nuts becomes comfort food on a cold, blustery day. Savor every spoonful as a midday meal or as a warm end to a long afternoon. Not only is winter squash tender and delicious, it's chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Tastes good and it's good for you. Add a cup of cooked chicken or turkey to the ricotta for extra protein. For variety, substitute tofu and toasted walnuts for the ricotta and hazelnuts."
- 1 (1 1/2 lb) acorn squash
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 cup hazelnuts, chopped, toasted
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ, honey toasted
- black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- With sharp knife, carefully cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon.
- Rub flesh with olive oil and sprinkle with the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom and salt.
- Wrap each half in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until flesh is fork tender. Remove from oven and unwrap squash.
- To toast nuts, place in an ungreased pie tin and bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
- Mix ricotta with honey, oregano, and hazelnuts.
- Evenly fill the baked squash halves with the ricotta mixture.
- If you want the ricotta to be warm, return to oven, on baking sheet, for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Sprinkle with wheatgerm and black pepper and serve. Note, squash can be cooked a day in advance and reheated with the ricotta mixture at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.