Vegan stuffed squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Mushrooms

Butternut squash is available in our supermarkets all year round, as opposed to most other autumn and winter squashes, which we only see at those times of year. This availability makes it perfect for dishes that you want to eat throughout the year. One such dish is this Roasted Butternut squash with Lentils and Mushrooms, a hearty main course that is perfect for all seasons.


If you enjoy the recipes here, please show your support for this blog by clicking on the ads to help keep the free content coming!


I’ve given this recipe a Moroccan-inspired twist, incorporating dried dates, harissa paste and cinnamon to create those exciting and exotic flavours. The squash is cut in half and roasted for about two hours in both cinnamon and smoked paprika. The flesh is then hollowed out a little and stuffed with a mixture of lentils and mushrooms, sweetened with dates and spiced with harissa. The dish is finally topped with vegan yoghurt (Greek style), fresh chilli and parsley. This is an amalgamation of intense flavours that work in harmonious juxtaposition and will impress any guest.


ORDER YOUR COPY OF MY COOKBOOK
GOING VEGAN FROM AMAZON
AVAILABLE IN BOTH PAPERBACK AND KINDLE FORMAT


Vegan stuffed squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Mushrooms

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Gluten-Free.

    For the Roasted Squash:

    • 2 medium butternut squash
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • A good pinch of salt

    For the Filling:

    • 20 dried dates
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 red onion sliced
    • 200 g closed-cup mushrooms each cut into 6 pieces
    • 4 cloves garlic chopped
    • 2 large tomatoes cut into wedges
    • 1 carton/can cooked green lentils drained and rinsed
    • 2 tsp harissa paste
    • 1 tsp harissa seasoning available in large supermarkets
    • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
    • 2 tbsp tomato puree
    • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
    • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    To Top:

    • About 2 tbsp vegan Greek style yoghurt per squash half
    • 2 red chillies deseeded and chopped
    • A good pinch of chopped fresh parsley

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat the oven to gas 6/200C/400F.
    • Cut the squashes in half lengthways, scoop out the seeds and score the flesh with a sharp knife. Now rub in the oil, spices and salt. Place on a large roasting sheet and cook in the lower middle part of the oven for about 2 hours, or until the flesh is tender.
    • Put the dried dates into a bowl, boil the kettle and pour the water over the dates. Leave them to soak in the hot water for about 20 minutes.
    • About 30 minutes before the squashes are ready you can start making the filling. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan or wok, add the onions and mushrooms and cook for 8-10 minutes on a medium-high heat, until they are soft and browned. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, then put in the tomato wedges and give it 3-4 minutes more.
    • Remove the dates from the water then deseed and roughly chop them. Add them to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Now pour in the lentils and cook those for a few minutes more.
    • Now put in the rest of the filling ingredients, season to taste and cook through for about 5-7 minutes, or until any excess liquid has evaporated.
    • Once the squashes are cooked, remove them from the oven and scoop out some of the flesh to create hollows for stuffing. Add the flesh to the filling mix and stir through.
    • Fill each squash half with the filling, then top with the yoghurt, chillies and parsley. Serve immediately.
    Keyword dates, harissa, lentils, stuffed squash, vegan
    Vegan stuffed squash

    WANT TO LEARN TO COOK AMAZING VEGAN FOOD?
    SIGN UP TO MY MEMBERSHIP SITE RICHARD CHURCH’S VEGAN COOK SCHOOL
    AND GET UNLIMITED ACCESS TO ONLINE VEGAN COOKING CLASSES


    Check out my latest recipes

    vegan moussaka

    Vegan Moussaka

    I’ve been meaning to post a vegan Moussaka for some time but it’s one of those recipes I hadn’t yet got around to doing (there are many of them). Recipes for moussaka vary considerably from region to region and it is a popular dish throughout the Balkans and the Middle East. We are perhaps more

    read more Vegan Moussaka

    Please follow and like us:
    error20
    fb-share-icon20
    Tweet 20
    fb-share-icon20

    Leave a Reply