Eat– for Good Health

Veggie fans will love my recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash, and it’s microwave-easy!  You can also use one baked pumpkin and fill it with the entire mixture, but acorn squash is usually more popular. Here are the ingredients that serve 8 at 300 calories each:  4 (halved, seeded) acorn squash, 2 pouches 8.5 oz each Uncle Ben’s whole grain medley with garlic, 1 T. butter and butter spray, 2 chopped onions, 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1 tsp. salt.  Directions:  coat a microwave-safe baking dish with cooking spray.  Place squash halves (cut side down) and add 1/2 cup water to the baking dish.  Cover loosely with wax paper.  Microwave for about 10-12 minutes until tender.  If necessary, do this in batches.  Next, position broiler rack so that the top of squash on the pan (can use disposable aluminum) is 8″ from heat source.  Broil and take out, reserving.  On the stove top, add butter and butter spray to a skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, cooking and stirring, about ten minutes.  Add rice, cranberries, pecans, juice, and zest.  Cook another one or two minutes.  Place squash on a jellyroll pan, cut side up.  Sprinkle cavities with salt, evenly divide rice mixture among 8 halves, and give each a shot of butter spray.   Broil one minute.Baked pumpkin and stuffed squash sit on a white platter


15 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. I saw that article also. There was a quote from George Carlin where he said he liked variety at Thanksgiving, and one year they had swan. The next year they had seagull, and the next flamingo. George Carlin was hoping for the leg that folded up.

  2. Women’s magazine editors need to put stuff like that in big print, such as George Carlin’s name in huge black letters. Many women work these days and don’t stop working when they arrive home!

  3. Yup, I can be out of sorts when I read women’s magazines, and the articles seem really really dumb, but it’s all me and my mood that’s way off. There was another article in the same magazine about dealing with overnight guests during the holidays. The author suggested calling up friends and getting them to provide space for guests she didn’t have room for. I thought, sure, I’ll inconvenience my friends.

  4. Mary Alice, I’m glad I’m not the author’s friends! Sometimes I notice that writers (of life problems) try to come up with solutions on touchy subjects. In this case the solution became someone else’s problem.

  5. Becky, as I recall, the scenerio was that the author and her husband had moved from a large home to a small apartment. Other than accomodating their two daughters, they didn’t have room for their usual holidays guests.

  6. In the article, some of the author’s friends were going out of town, and that freed up their apartments. However, friends might not want to do all kinds of extra cleaning in order to put up a friend’s guests. It’s still an inconvenience for them, I think. I know I’m not that nice.

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