So keeping with the Squash theme that I started with the spaghetti squash recipe the other week, I found this recipe for Sausage Stuffed Butternut squash (see link below). I have always heard people talking about how good butternut squash is and have wanted to try it out myself. I even went as far as to buy one a month or so ago only to have it go bad sitting on the counter because I didn’t know what to do with it. This recipe sounds pretty tasty and it is simple enough so I thought I would share it. If you decide to try it, let me know how it goes. If you have a favorite Butternut squash recipe you would like to share, post it to the Members of Body Force Training Facility Facebook group.
Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: 4 servings
- 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
- 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
- Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1. Preheat broiler. Cut squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Place squash in a large microwave-safe dish, cut side down; add 1/2 in. of water. Microwave, covered, on high until soft, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
- 3. Leaving 1/2-in.-thick shells, scoop pulp from squash and stir into sausage mixture. Place squash shells on a baking sheet; fill with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
- 4. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with pepper flakes. To serve, cut each half into two portions. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Health Tip: Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. It’s important for normal vision and a healthy immune system, and it helps the heart, lungs and kidneys function properly.
1 serving: 325 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 587mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.
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