Acorn Squash And Brussels Sprouts Salad

Acorn Squash And Brussels Sprouts Salad

Acorn squash is slowly going to ‘fall’ out of season (thank you to the Spring that hasn’t really sprung yet) and that saddens me.  There is nothing like an acorn squash that is baked in the oven and then just lightly (OK, heavily) coated in cinnamon with a tablespoon (OK, three tablespoons…..OK, OK the entire jar of homemade nut butter).  While I have them around I am going to use my acorn squash to the best of my ability.

Yesterday was a complete recovery day as we enter what I suspect will be the hardest two weeks of Ironman Texas training to date.  I stopped counting the yards I have to swim this week when we entered 5 digits and I know there is a 6 hour ride on Saturday and a 2.5 hour run on Sunday.  So on Mondays which are active recovery days I have to dial down my activity which means dialing down my food consumption.  What that does not mean is that I dial down the flavor or the inspiration to get into the kitchen and create.

As I was meal planning on Sunday evening and rummaging through my produce I came upon two gorgeous acorn squash and knew immediately I was doing something with them.  I originally thought that I would slice and bake them but thought that was too simple and what would I want with it if cooked that way.  At that moment Karen asked me to help her meal prep her lunches based on what I was eating for lunch or dinner.  This is a huge deal for me as Karen does not typically eat my dinner during the week. That was until yesterday when she had this Vegan Cornmeal Pizza.  I was excited and wanted to make something light and refreshing for her to eat that would also help me get through the light activity day and to provide something nutritious that could also be taken to the office for Karen.

I chose to stuff the acorn squash but not with millet or quinoa or rice which can have a lot of carbs.  Instead I was focused on light and with lots of fiber to keep me feeling full for a long time.  I knew we had Brussels Sprouts and I had just picked up some dried fruit (yes carbs but when you are using small amounts they do not add up – you will see in the nutrition information in the recipe.)  The next decision was how to dress it and I love sriracha and figured I could use a bit of that and something acidic to cut it with and apple cider vinegar entered the picture.

Here is my recipe for an Over-Stuffed Acorn Squash And Brussels Sprouts Salad.  By the way I am going to start taking better pictures of the process so that you can see what is needed and how they are prepped as you move through the recipe.  Hope that helps you visualize the recipe and gets you into the kitchen more often.

Acorn Squash And Brussels Sprouts Salad

Ingredients: 1/2 Acorn Squash, 100g Brussels Sprouts, 1/2 green onion (including bulb), 10g Tbsp dried cranberries, 10g Sunflower seeds, 10g seedless raisins, 10g pumpkin seeds, 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Tbsp Sriracha Servings: 1 Nutritional Information (without dressing): 274 calories, 44g Carbohydrates, 9g Fat, 8g Protein, 7g Fiber Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 405*
  2. Cut acorn squash in half and de-seed.
  3. Place acorn squash in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until soft to the touch.
  4. While acorn squash is baking chop the Brussels Sprouts and green onion thinly.  Place in a bowl.
  5. Add cranberries, sunflower seeds, raisins and pumpkin seeds and set aside.
  6. When acorn squash is ready remove from onion and place on plate.
  7. Combine the vinegar and sriracha then dress the salad.
  8. Add Brussels Sprouts salad to the plate and serve.

 

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About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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