I was pleasantly surprised with something other than eggplant and okra in my last CSA box – flying saucer squash. Flying saucers are basically giant patty pan squash, soft flesh with minimal seeds and edible skins. They are great raw or lightly steamed, but I thought I should do something other than chop them up. I decided to showcase their fun form by stuffing and baking them. This delicious recipe is adapted from one I found on Tofu Mom’s blog.
Stuffed Flying Saucer Squash
Cut the tops off six large squash. Scoop insides out leaving 1/4 inch shell. Reserve scooped out flesh.
Filling 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, pressed reserved scooped out squash, finely chopped 1/4 cup chopped roasted green chiles 1/3 cup your favorite salsa 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed salt, pepper, and cumin to taste 1/2 cup cooked brown rice vegan "cheese" as garnish
Saute onions and garlic in nonstick pan until onions are soft. Add squash, chilies, salsa, black beans, and seasonings. Simmer until squash is soft and most of the liquid has been released. Add rice and stir until heated through. Check seasonings and adjust if needed.
Season inside of squashes with salt and pepper. Pack filling into hollowed out squashes. Set squashes onto baking sheet. Top with vegan cheese if desired
Bake for 30 - 40 min. at 375 degrees or until squash is soft - put broiler on for a moment to melt cheese, if using.
Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro to garnish.
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