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Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash

Prep Time:

40 MINS

Cook Time:

Serves:

4 servings

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About the Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 medium butternut squash (2 to 2 1/4 pounds each)

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup wild rice

  • 1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 tablespoons dried unsweetened cherries

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preparation

Step 1


Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 200°C.

Cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds. Arrange the halves in a large baking dish, flesh-side up.


Step 2


Whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup and 2 tablespoons oil. Brush the flesh-side of the squash halves with some of the maple-oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Put the squash flesh-side down in the baking dish, then brush the skin side with the maple-oil mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Roast until the squash is fork-tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Let the squash rest until cool enough to handle. Scoop some of the flesh out into a large bowl, leaving about 1/4-inch border of flesh all around. Leave the scooped-out flesh in relatively large chunks.


Step 3


Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the rice, curry powder, cinnamon, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir until the spices are toasted, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer covered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 30 to 40 minutes (different brands of wild rice may vary in cooking times; add more water if needed). Remove from heat and add to the chunks of butternut squash along with the remaining maple-oil, cherries, parsley, sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper.


Step 4


Evenly stuff the scooped-out squash halves with the filling, then drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and bake, uncovered, until the filling is warmed through, about 30 minutes. Cut each in half crosswise and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with walnuts and parsley. Serve warm.






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