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Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 organic acorn squashStuffed Acorn Squash

1 medium organic Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped organic mushrooms

1 organic celery stalk, diced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp dried sage

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 cups cooked organic brown rice

1/2 cup dried organic apricots, chopped

1/4 cup organic raisins or dried organic cranberries

1/4 cup organic apple juice or organic apple cider

 

Pierce acorn squash all over with a fork and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and let rest for 1 minute. Cut squash in half from top to bottom (rather than crosswise); scoop out seeds and membranes.

Place squash halves two at a time cut side down in a large microwavable baking dish. Add a 1/4 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap; microwave on high for 5 minutes. Repeat with other two halves; set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté apples, onion, mushrooms and celery for 2-3 minutes; sprinkle with spices; stir in remaining ingredients; cook until apple cider is almost evaporated.

Place squash on a large nonstick cookie sheet; spoon stuffing into squash cavities; bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.