Registered Dietician Amy Barrette stopped by “The Rhode Show” to make a healthy dish and chat about the Providence VA Hospital Healthy Teaching Kitchen.

Ingredients: For the squash

  • 2 delicata squash ( can also use acorn squash or butternut squash)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the filling

  • 1 cup farro (can also use barley or bulgar)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • salt
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 cups garlic minced
  • 2 green onions trimmed and chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins

Cooking Instructions:

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and position a rack in the middle.

• Wash the delicata squash and dry well. To make it easier to slice, place them (whole) in the microwave and warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully remove them from the oven and slice each in half length-wise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds making a cavity for the filling.

• Brush the flesh of the delicata squash with olive oil (including the cavity). Season with salt. Mix the ground cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl, and season the delicata squash with ½ of this mixture.

• On a large baking sheet, arrange the delicata squash halves, flesh-side down.

• Roast in the heated oven for 25 minutes or until fully cooked and tender. Flip the squash over and return to the oven for just 5 more minutes.

• While the squash is roasting, prepare the filling. First, cook the farro in boiling salted water according to package instructions.

• In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, cook the shallots, onions and garlic over medium heat, tossing for a bit, until softened (3 to 5 minutes). Season with salt and the remaining nutmeg and cinnamon. Add in the nuts and dried fruit, and cook until warmed through. Add the cooked farro and toss to combine.

• Assemble the stuffed squash. When the squash is ready, transfer the squash halves to a serving platter. Spoon the farro filling into each squash cavity. Serve!

Per serving:
Calories: 360 kcal, Carbohydrates: 45.5 grams, Protein: 6.7 grams, Fat: 20.1 grams, Sodium: 306.7 mg, Fiber: 8 grams

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