Posts Tagged ‘ festive ’

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I originally found this recipe while reading Dr Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live.  The book was interesting enough but this recipe by far was the best thing I got out of it.  I don’t actually remember the original recipe, so this is my own rendition of it.  I’m not sure at this point what the specific ingredients were but I like my version quite well.

This would make an excellent main course for a Thanksgiving dinner.  I like that it’s served in perfect single sized servings!  The acorn squash with nuts, pineapple and cranberry will make any plate look festive.  I also enjoy taking leftovers to work.  It makes a great lunch and people always comment on it.

Ingredients

2 acorn squash

1 can crushed pineapple drained

1/2 cup both cranberries and chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons of chopped dried apricots

A small amount of butter or vegan spread for each half

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom to taste

Directions

Gently prick each acorn squash in 2-3 spots and microwave them for 4 minutes to soften

Cut them in half and scoop out seeds, place face down in a baking dish with 1/2 inch of water and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

While that is baking mix together the rest of the ingredients and let them sit

After baking the squash, remove from oven, drain the water, turn over the squash

Rub a little butter or spread on each piece and then add 1/4 of the stuffing to each half

Top with a little additional cinnamon and return to the oven for 20 more minutes

~enjoy~

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Taco Dip

I just realized that I’ve been making this particular dip for over 15 years!  It’s pretty much expected at any family gathering.  Chopping the veggies takes the longest but even with that the entire recipe takes under 10 minutes to prepare.  The mixture of chopped veggies gives it a very festive holiday type appearance.  I have even played around with the veggies one year shaping them like a Christmas tree.  If you’re bringing it somewhere else, you may want to keep the chopped veggies and cheese in separate containers and assemble it just before eating.  I’ve done this several times and it only takes a couple of minutes.  I served this on Christmas for my family and last night basically dipped off the leftover toppings for a pretty unhealthy but tasty dinner.

Taco Dip

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese (light is fine)

1 cup medium salsa

1/2 cup chopped red, vidalia or green onions

1/2 cup chopped pepper (choose a color that best matches your theme, personally I alternate)

1/2 cup chopped roma tomato

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar

Tortilla chips

Preparation:

Place the 2 cream cheese in a pie or quiche dish and microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir the mixture well to remove lumps and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of salsa, stir well and microwave for 30 more seconds

Stir the mixture once out of the microwave and remove all the lumps, top this with a thin coating of the leftover salsa

Sprinkle the veggie mixture on top of the dish so that it is well coated and then cover with the cheese

Serve immediately with tortilla chips