Stuffed Squash with Rice and Black Olives

This Stuffed Squash recipe features U.S.-grown brown rice and California Ripe Olives, combining for a perfectly harmonious blend of flavours and textures.

Recipe developed by Chef & Nutritionist Rachel Bies





Yield
2 portions
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
31 min


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250g) U.S.-grown brown rice, cooked according to package – cooled
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, trimmed and de-seeded
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • ½ med onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp (10g) dried basil
  • ½ tsp (3g) smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp (3g) chili flakes
  • ½ tsp (3g) thyme
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 can black California Ripe Olives
  • ⅔ cup (65g) feta or goat cheese, separated
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

½ cup (50g) cilantro, roughly chopped
fresh lime x scallions for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package. Cool. Steam spaghetti squash (quickest method). Once fork tender, carefully place on baking sheet.
  2. Meanwhile in a large pan, heat oil and sauté onions, garlic and spices until soft and fragrant. Add in can of tomatoes and gently bring to a boil. Add in rice, olives and 1/2 of the cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  4. Using a fork, loosen the “spaghetti” in the squash. Stuff with rice and olive heaven (filling).
  5. Top with remaining cheese and roast for 7 minutes in oven. Finish with a little broil.
  6. Garnish with scallions, a squeeze of lime and cilantro! Such a hearty and simple meal, sure to impress the pickiest of eaters.

Notes

VARIATIONS: Feel free to add leftover proteins or some sausage to add some extra punch.