We’ve picked about 25 squash so far this summer – definitely more than we can eat! And it doesn’t look like they’re going to slow down anytime soon – therefore, I am making it a goal to try cooking it in new ways.
It has been so much fun to watch something grow. First was the arugula, now the squash, and our tomatoes are slowly starting to reveal themselves! I’m crossing my fingers that the sweet peppers will come in, but no signs yet. This was a fairly quick meal. It was intended to be vegetarian, but I did add a little ground turkey to satisfy my meat-loving husband. I think it’s safe to say the non-meat version of this dish would be sufficient with lentils providing protein and mushrooms lending a meaty flavor.
Veggie-Stuffed Summer Squash
- 3 medium-sized squash
- 1 cup dry lentils (cook in 3 cups water, covered, over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until tender – makes about 2.5-3 cups cooked lentils)
- olive oil
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
- 2 medium carrot sticks, diced
- 1/2 – 1 cup frozen corn
- Grated parmesan cheese (I used about 1/4 cup)
- salt and pepper (optional)
- Get your lentils on the stove and cooking before you start chopping your vegetables.
- Slice your squash lengthwise. Scoop out insides of the bulb-shaped end so you have a nice hollow spot to add your veggies. Reserve the scooped squash in a bowl – set to the side.
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place the squash cut side up on a lined baking sheet. Lightly coat the inside of the squash with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add diced peppers, mushrooms, reserved squash, carrots, and a dash of salt. Cook until soft (about 7-10 minutes).
- Add frozen corn and stir the vegetable mixture to combine. Turn off heat
- When the lentils are cooked, drain the remaining water and add them to the vegetable mixture. Stir to combine.
- Scoop about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the vegetable mixture into each of the squash. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and pepper.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
You will probably have lots of leftover veggie stuffing (I did). This made for a great side at later meals.
Serve squash with a tossed salad, pork, chicken, or anything you may have growing in your garden!
That’s what I like to call “yard-to-table”. Cheers!