Here is another super yummy and healthy vegan or vegetarian meal, (depending on the addition of a little parmesan cheese, or not), that I shopped for at Trader Joe's!! Easy Peasy and quick too!
Currently, Trader Joe's has exploded with various squash, pumpkins and gourds. I found a pretty little squash named Delicata, thought I'd give it a try. I decided to stuff it with healthy ingredients and bake it. The result was wonderful! It was cold outside and this was the perfect comfort food. We served it with a light salad and some red wine. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Cheers!
Pre-heat oven to 385 degrees
1 Delicata Squash-cut in half and remove seeds
For the filling:
2 Tblsp Oilve Oil or Coconut Oil (your choice)
1 cup chopped onions
1 shallot chopped
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups pre-cooked lentils
2 cups frozen organic spinach
2 Tblsp Med Dry Sherry
Salt & pepper to taste
*Some Red Pepper Flakes and/or Parmesan Cheese are optional*
Place Squash skin side down in aluminum foil cups so they stay upright in a shallow baking dish (see pic)
take a little olive oil and coat the flesh of the squash-set aside
In a large pan sautee the oil, onions, shallots and carrots until golden brown, add the frozen spinach, lentils, sherry, salt & pepper and red pepper flakes if desired and heat until hot.
Remove from the flame.
If you are adding Parmesan Cheese, now is the time to do so. I'm leaving the amount up to you!
Mix well and stuff this mixture into the squash. Make sure you pack it in and it's OK if there is some on the top that is coming out of the bowl (again, see pic)...no need to be perfect here.
Place in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Make sure the top looks nice and brown and when you poke the flesh of the squash, it gives and seems tender.
Remove from oven and let sit for 15 min. before serving (this also happens to be just enough time to prepare the salad and uncork the vino)!