Wild Rice & Acorn Squash Casserole- Vegetarian & Gluten Free

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For my vegetarian days, this casserole is a life saver. It is the perfect multi-functional staple that packs a hearty punch to keep you full.

You can use it as a main dish, side, soup base, or salad. This time I put about a cup on top of two cups of arugula and had it as a salad, there is so much flavor you do not need to add a dressing.

Another great way to use the casserole is as filling for enchiladas instead of using meat, or it makes a wonderful filling for wraps using Collard Green Leaves. Experiment!

Make sure you soak your lentils for at least 4 hours, or even better over night.

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Ingredients:

1 Small Acorn Squash
1.5 Cups Wild Rice
1 Cup Soaked Lentils
4 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Small Onion
1 Stalk of Celery
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Sweet Red Pepper
3 Kale Leaves
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Tsp Diced  Fresh Thyme
(1/2 Cup) Grated Cheese
Salt & Pepper

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Directions:

Step 1– Cut your acorn squash in half and place in a shallow pan with about half a cup of water, and roast at 350 f, for about 25 minutes until soft. Remove from oven and let cool.

Step 2. Pour your rice, soaked lentils  and broth into a stock pot and cook at medium heat until soft and the water has evaporated about 30-40 min. (You can use a rice cooker if you would like)

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Step 3. In a skillet on medium heat, add your oil along with all of your bite sized vegetables ( Onion, Garlic, Celery, Red Pepper and Kale) and saute until soft.

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Step 4. Dice your roasted acorn squash into bite size pieces and mix with your rice and lentil mixture until it starts to break down a bit, then place in  your sauteed veggies and spread out into a casserole dish.

Step 5. Add your cheese on top and broil until browned. Remove & Serve.

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Baked Acorn Squash w/Kale & Sun-dried Tomatoes- Vegan & Gluten Free

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A wonderful hearty meal that keeps you full but does not weigh you down! Its great the way it is but I have a soft spot for Sriracha and doused it! 🙂

This is a super easy recipe to make and looks gorgeous served directly into the shell! Paired with a light salad it makes a great summer meal! Try it for your “meatless Tuesday”!

Ingredients
1 Acorn Squash
1 Cup Quinoa
1.5 Cups Vegetable Broth
2 Cups Kale- Diced (Stem removed)
3 Green Onions- Diced
2 Talbspoons-Sun Dried Tomatoes- Diced
1 Teaspoon Coconut oil

Directions

Step 1– Halve your acorn squash, remove seeds and bake on a cookie sheet shell side up for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until soft. Pour a little water onto your cookie sheet to help steam the squash.

Step 2. While your acorn squash is baking put your quinoa and vegetable broth in a stock pot and cook on medium heat until all of the water is absorbed, remove from heat & fluff with a fork. (about fifteen min)

Step 3. In a skillet add your coconut oil, sun-dried tomatoes, kale and green onion and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4.  When your qunioa is done mix the ingredients from your skillet into the stock pot and stuff your acorn squash until both halves are overflowing.  Pop them back in the oven for a few minutes & serve with a fresh side salad. You can add your favourite vegan cheese on top if you would like before popping them back in the oven.