Baked Stew in Kabocha Squash Shell

Stuffed Kabocha Squash  - 1A beautifully rugged dish made of a rich, chunky fall stew baked right in a rich and delicious Kabocha squash. Traditional Italian spices merge with a hint of molasses and coco to make for a warm and yummy delight on a cool fall night.

Baked Stew in Kabocha Squash Shell
A beautifully rugged dish made of a rich, chunky fall stew baked right in a rich and delicious Kabocha squash. Traditional Italian spices merge with a hint of molasses and coco to make for a warm and yummy delight on a cool fall night.
Servings
8-12
Servings
8-12
Baked Stew in Kabocha Squash Shell
A beautifully rugged dish made of a rich, chunky fall stew baked right in a rich and delicious Kabocha squash. Traditional Italian spices merge with a hint of molasses and coco to make for a warm and yummy delight on a cool fall night.
Servings
8-12
Servings
8-12
Ingredients
  • 3 cups roasted, canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked rice or other grain
  • 1 ½ cups corn kernels
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans
  • ½ small white onion, diced (about 1 c)
  • 2 medium celery stock, diced (about 1 c)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 cube Rapunzel Bouillon *
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp ½ t chipotle powder
  • to taste smoky salt
  • to taste black pepper
  • 2 4 ½ lb kombucha squash preferably with stem still attached
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut wide lid out of squash (to make a bowl). Seed and de-pulp. (Save the seeds to roast later – yum*). Do not remove the flesh. This will cook enough so that you can scoop it out when serving the stew.
  2. Fill the squash about ½ full with filtered water, put squash-lid on and cook for about 30 minutes while preparing stew.
  3. Place Rapunzel Bouillon cube in small mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water, cover bowl and let sit until further use.
  4. To make stew, sauté onions, garlic and celery in a soup pot until onion and garlic are slightly translucent. Add herbs and sauté a few minutes more. Add remaining ingredients, including dissolved (and stirred) bouillon, and mix well. Let simmer until squash has cooked for the half hour.
  5. Remove squash from oven, pour the water into the baking dish (be careful it will be really hot) and fill the squash with stew leaving about 1” headspace. Put squash-lid back on. Return to oven and bake for another 50-60 minutes or until soft through the skin. You can guess how deep the walls are by having looked at the thickness of the walls when you were cleaning out the squash.
  6. Serving suggestion; serve with softened vegan cream cheese or sour cream (without palm products*)
  7. * To roast seeds, simply was well and dry on a flat surface for a day or two (or you can use right away). Then coat in oil of your choice, as heavily or as lightly as you like. Then sprinkle on salt or spices or garlic granules or anything yummy like that…..and toast at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes. Eat warm right out of the oven or cool completely and store in an air tight container.
Recipe Notes

* Rapunzel’s Vegan Vegetable Bouillon a line of tasty vegan vegetable bouillons, using only the highest quality ingredients, including organic vegetables, and without use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Comes in three varieties: w/Sea Salt & Herbs; w/Sea Salt; No Salt Added

* Palm Oil is an edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit. The industry is linked to major issues (also very prevalent in the production of animal products) such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. For these reasons I have chosen to stop eating them. One challenge is finding out what is a palm product because they can go by hundreds of names. We have to start somewhere so we can start with anything that says “palm” such as palm oil, Vitamin A Palmitate and such. Thanks for caring.

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