So we all know and love Chipotle by their idea of a rice bowl. Rice is basically a staple in my diet and I’m always trying to make a play off of rice bowls using different ingredients. Well, winter is coming and squash is a very heavy item in stock and at a decent price this time of year. Usually when I buy squash I either puree it up into a soup or cut it up and mix into risotto or other vegetable to be used as a side dish.
My favorite way to eat acorn squash hands down, is seasoned with salt and pepper, rubbed all over with a little evoo and baked in the oven until soft. From there I will add in butter and an appropriate amount of spices (i.e cinnamon, clove, etc) and brown sugar until butter is melted. Mix that together a voila! I wanted to use acorn squash in a little more of a savory sense to try something new. So I took the ingredients you would include in a Chipotle style rice bowl and mixed it into a beautifully baked squash for a quick and easy seasonal dinner!
Gluten Free/Vegetarian/Dairy Free/Refined Sugar Free
Mise en Place:
-1 Acorn Squash, cut in half, seeds removed (or other squash of choice)
-1 Cup Brown Rice, cooked
-1 Teaspoon: Cumin/Chili Powder/Cayenne
-2 Tablespoons Honey
-1 Cup Tri-color Bell Peppers, julienne
-1 Small Onion, julienne
-2 Handfuls Kale
-1 Tablespoon Chop Garlic
-1 Tablespoon Hot sauce (optional)
-1 Tablespoon Honey
-Salt and Pepper, TT
Method of Prep:
-Set oven to 350 Degrees.
-Rub squash with Olive oil and set on a sheet tray with the inside facing up. Season with cumin, chili powder and cayenne. Drizzle honey around the inside. Season with a little salt and pepper.
-Roast in the oven until soft, approximately 45 minutes.
-While squash is roasting, heat up a large skillet with oil and saute garlic, onions and peppers until soft.
-Add in kale, one handful at a time and cook an additional 4 minutes.
-Drizzle in more honey, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.
-Once Squash is soft, remove from the oven and fill with rice and vegetables. Mix together then eat.