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Hey friends! Whew, today was a long day. I had a quiz in Bio, and then our final exam in Bio lab! The exam went well — I made a few silly mistakes, but such is life. 1 down, 2 to go!! :) I went and visited with my grandmother afterwards and had dinner with her, so that was fun :)

So I have a tasty new recipe for you all — another quick dinner that came to the rescue last night following a long day of Organic Chem class and lab!

Veggie, Rice & Bean Stuffed Butternut Squash



  • Half of a butternut squash
  • 1/3 C brown rice (cooked)
  • 1/2 C beans, rinsed and drained (I used garbanzo)
  • Chopped veggies (I used tomato, green pepper, zucchini, and a handful of fresh spinach)
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Chili powder & coriander
  • Tomato sauce (optional)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)



First, blast the radio and pour yourself a glass of this:



Then, cut a butternut squash in half. Place half of it on a plate, inside down, and pop it in the microwave for about 8 minutes.

While the squash is cooking, sauté the garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and the chopped veggies in a pan.

After a minute or two, add in the beans and rice, and however much of the chili powder and coriander spices you want to use. For the rice, I used this awesome 90 second kind :)


Mix it all around in the pan a couple times until it’s warmed through. 


Throw it all on top of your cooked butternut squash…


And then top with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired (although I don’t know why you wouldn’t desire such things ;) ).



Enjoy! Simple and nutritious, can’t beat that :)

Oh, and you better believe I ate the whole butternut squash, peel and all! Fiber-tastic ;) Do you eat the peel?? :)


  1. 1

    I love the peel and skin on squash and potatoes! Best part

  2. 2

    Anne, I think you need to check yourself into cumin-lovers anonymous. You must got through a bottle of that spice a month! :)

    Wait a second… I actually didn’t use cumin in this recipe, I must have just subconciously typed that since I’m obsessed with it! Lol. I actually used coriander!! Let me change that… ha! -A

  3. 3

    ohhh that looks yummy!

  4. 4

    I eat the peels on most things (acorn squash, potatoes, fruit, etc.), but I’ve never tried the peel on butternut squash…I’ll have to try it :-)

  5. 5

    Love butternut squash – and like a good dietitian, I always eat the skins.


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