Sunday, 26 January 2014

Acorn Squash with Sesame Greens



acorn squash

Even for me, this isn't a completely typical birthday present.

A friend turned up unexpectedly and handed over... a knobbly green squash. It wasn't, he confessed, the result of a carefully considered shopping trip. (Though that wouldn't have been so implausible: What would Rachel want more than anything else? A new ingredient!)

No, rather, it turned out that a relative had given them the squash, which had appeared in an organic veg delivery. They'd left it lying around for a few days, before deciding that I'd make better use of it than they would. I've heard of 'regifting', but never quite like this.

It was still a pretty cool present.

I wanted to make something a bit different to my last stuffed squash recipe, which was rich and creamy and luxurious. This one is light, savoury, even slightly bitter. It's also insanely healthy.

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This dish works out at just under 250 calories per half-squash, so it's a perfect fast day meal.

Acorn squash with sesame greens


Acorn Squash with Sesame Greens
Serves 2


1 acorn squash
1tsp olive oil
100g cabbage
100g kale
2tbsp sesame seeds
5 large cloves garlic
1tbsp toasted sesame oil
1tbsp soy sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
  2. Scrub the skin of the squash, then slice in half and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Brush the squash flesh with a little olive oil, and bake for 25 minutes until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, finely shred the cabbage and kale.
  5. In a large frying pan, warm the cabbage and kale over a low heat with the sesame seeds. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  6. After about 15 minutes, once the vegetables have started to wilt, crush and add the garlic. Toss through the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  7. Heap the wilted greens in the squash and serve straight away.
Acorn squash with sesame greens


I'm linking this up at Homemade Mondays, a weekly collection that's packed with healthy, homemade recipes.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

It does sound delicious. I can imagine turning up on the doorstep of some of our friends with a strange vegetable I didn't know what to do with, as well..

Fly Girl said...

Happy Birthday! That certainly is an unexpected gift. I love acorn squash and this looks like a yummy dish that I could actually prepare.

Angie Schneider said...

This looks so dang delicious! Love the kale/cabbage filling.

Amee Sandhu said...

This looks so good and I love the taste of sesame. I'm definitely going to be trying this!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

delicious and healthy

Frances said...

The squash came from my box. I'm glad it had such an imaginative end. I'll cetainly try this way to prepare cabbage and kale.

Janet Pesaturo said...

Thanks for posting on Mostly Homemade Mondays. I am looking for creative ways to work more greens into our meals, so this is perfect. Pinned it.

Missouri Farm Chick said...

Looks delish!

Balvinder said...

Hey, I really love this recipe with different greens.

Carla Bruns said...

I've never tried acorn squash but this makes me want to see if it's something I'd like. All the things you stuffed this with are so yummy!

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