Brown and California Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

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Acorn squash, stuffed with Brown & California Wild Rice, is a perfect meatless dish as well as a beautiful presentation.

~Created by the USA Rice Federation Chefs~
For more recipes visit USA Rice Federation at www.usarice.com 



Makes 6 squash halves and 4 cups filling total

Serves 6 serving.


Ingredients:

Squash:
  • 3 medium acorn squash, 1 pound each, halved lengthwise, seeds and membrane removed
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil, divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided use
Stuffing:
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion, bout 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped red or green bell pepper, about 3/4 inch pieces.
  • 1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup hot cooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried pepper flakes, optional

Cook’s Tip:

To cut the squash in half easily, pierce squash in                  several areas with a fork. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, place on cutting board and cut as directed

Cooking Instructions:

Lightly brush the squash halves with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place squash, cut side down on a large foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes.

Stir together the onions, bell pepper and remaining oil in a large bowl. Turn the squash over, season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon syrup in each squash cavity. Arrange the onion mixture in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or onions are beginning to lightly brown on edges. Add the nuts to the baking sheet and continue baking for 5 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.

Place the squash on a serving platter. If time allows, stir the onion mixture on the foil and fold up the edges of the foil to seal. Let stand 10 minutes to allow vegetables to absorb flavors and release some of their natural juices.

Combine the onion mixture with the brown rice, wild rice, cumin, nutmeg, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper flakes in the same large bowl used to toss the onion mixture previously. Mound equal amounts in each squash half. Drizzle 1 teaspoon syrup around the outer edges of each squash.

Nutrition facts per serving: Each serving provides 320 calories, 7 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 59 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams dietary fiber, 0 grams cholesterol and 330 milligrams sodium

For more rice recipes and information, visit the USA Rice Federation at www.usarice.com
Compliments of California Wild Rice Advisory Board
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