Bulgur and Beef-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Bulgur-stuffed acorn squash is a healthful meal in itself. Acorn squash is a good source of beta carotene. The lean

Bulgur-stuffed acorn squash is a healthful meal in itself. Acorn squash is a good source of beta carotene. The lean ground beef combined with the bulgur gives you 26 grams of protein, but you can leave it out for a vegetarian dish.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”20 min” cook_time=”72 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

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  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 2 leeks or small onions, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes

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[ingredients-right]

  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil and thyme
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 4 acorn squashes, halved and seeded

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat. Add beef and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes or until browned. With a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a plate. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Spoon off all but 1 teaspoon of fat from skillet. Add leeks and garlic, and sauté about 5 minutes or until browned. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add the tomatoes and dried herbs to the skillet and bring to a boil. Stir in the bulgur. Cover and gently simmer about 15 minutes. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Stir in the beef and season with the salt and pepper. Stuff the mixture into squash and place in a roasting pan. Bake about 45 minutes or until tender.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To stuff the squash, slice it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut a thin slice from base of each half so it will sit flat. Spoon the filling into each half. [/step-item]

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[nutrition-info calories=”491″ calories_fat=”” fat=”7g” sat_fat=”3g” choles=”43mg” sodium=”233mg” carbs=”94mg” sugars=”” protein=”26g” fiber=”13g”]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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