Photographer: Burris, Ken
Publish Date: 2008-11-01
Yield: 6 servings
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Sweet and creamy acorn squash balances the slightly spicy sausage filling.
- 3 acorn squash, (3/4-1 pound each)
- 5 ounces bulk turkey sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Several dashes hot red pepper sauce, to taste
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add turkey sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.
- When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325°. Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
Per serving: 259 calories; 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 1g mono unsaturated fat); 29 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 7 g fiber; 482 mg sodium; 884 mg potassium
Nutrtion Bonus: Vitamin C (80% daily value), Vitamin A (45% dv), Calcium (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
- Degree of Difficulty
- Special Health Consideration(s)
- Low Calorie
- High Fiber
- Low Sat Fat
- Low Cholesterol
- High Potassium
- High Calcium
- Heart Healthy
- Healthy Weight
- Seasons & Occassions
- Baby Shower
- Main Ingredient(s)
- Dairy & Soy
- Dish Type(s)
- Main Dish
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