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Acorn Squash with Rice and Arugula Stuffing

  • Prep Time: 20 miniutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Servings: 1 - 2
  • Course: Side Dish

Savor the flavors of the season with this vegetarian dish from Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen.

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  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/2 cup black (forbidden) rice
  • 3 tablespoon walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2-3 cups baby arugula
  • shaved Parmesan, for garnish
  • Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil. Rinse the black rice. Add rice to 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes until cooked through. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and leave the lid ajar to cool.

Step 2

While the rice cooks, roast the squash. With a sharp knife split the squash into quarters. Remove seeds and rub both the flesh and skin with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Spread them on the foil-lined baking sheet cut side up and roast for 40 minutes until tender and browned in spots.

Step 3

Prepare the stuffing. Warm 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat in a pan, sauté the onion and celery until just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Grind the fennel seed or chop well with a sharp knife. Add fennel, 1/2 cup of the walnuts and raisins and drizzle with the remaining oil, maple syrup and vinegar. Toss to coat. This much can be done a day in advance and brought to room temperature before serving.

Step 4

When ready to serve, arrange the squash wedges on a platter. Toss the arugula in with the rice stuffing along with a few pinches of salt and pepper and toss again. Fill the insides of the squash with the stuffing; it is ok if a bit spills over. Garnish with the remaining walnuts and fresh shaved Parmesan and serve.

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