“You are not too old and it is not too late.”
This is a non-recipe. It’s almost impossible to go wrong with this. It’s a good chance to clean out the dibs and dabs in your fridge. A little bit of cheese goes a long way. Close your eyes and repeat three times, “What’s the worst thing that can happen”.
At this time of the year it’s easy enough to get summer squash (zucchini) about the size of a small child. Acorn squash are also coming into play. Time to stuff and bake, or if you feel adventuresome, do some up in a slow cooker for hours on end.
acorn squash or zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and scooped out
1/2 to 1 cup sausage or chicken or tofu if you’re so inclined
some veggies, such as onions, mushrooms, and peppers
a bit of cooked grain and/or nuts – rice, quinoa, almonds, pecans
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 to 3 teaspoons herbs or spices. A bit of smoked paprika might be good in the mix
2 T butter
These distructions apply mainly to Acorn squash. Soft summer squash, such as zucchini, is great right in the crockpot. Same type filling but no need to pre-bake the squash.
But if your using acorn squash and you didn’t impale yourself while halving it with a knife that you meant to get sharpened and you’re not in the emergency room (What’s the worst thing that could happen?) place the halved and cleaned squash cut side down in a baking dish that has a bit of water in the bottom. Roast the squash at 375 for about 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in another part of the kitchen, sauté the veggie type things in the butter. Stir in the grain of your choice along with the herbs, spices, and S&P. After the squash is slightly soft, flip it so the cut side is up and divide the filling between the two halves.
Cover each half with foil and return it to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheese a minute or two before serving so it gets a bit melty. Best to remove the foil before you do that. But you knew that!
You could also eliminate the oven completely and place the squash in a slow cooker on low for about 6 hours.
I like meals that I can put directly into the crockpot and let it do its thing while I do my thing. Life is made up of so many things. That’s what makes it interesting!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.