Vegetable & Lentil Bake

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Serves: 4-6
Prep: 30-35 mins (*Depending upon knife skills, kitchen helpers and/or if you have a gas or an electric hob!)
Cooking Time: 40 mins (*In a fan-assisted oven)
Cooling Time: 5 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Sieve, chopping board, sharp knife, non-stick pots (*2), wooden spoon, non-stick frying pan, casserole dish, silicone spatula

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar, salt and saturated fats!

Bakes can be a healthy, hearty and versatile comfort food that are wholly satisfying, especially when the cooler weather makes an appearance! We made this one earlier on in the year (pre-heat wave!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂

Try experimenting with an unlimited combination of: veggies, legumes, pulses, herbs and/or simple seasoning’s! Consider the overall cooking times; naturally squash can take a bit longer to cook (and prepare!) than other veggies. Try precooking/softening it in a steamer pot or microwave first, as it could shave off approx.10 mins of ‘oven time’! Alternatively, if you happen to have ninja knife skills, try cutting the squash a bit thinner (than we have shown below) to help shorten its overall cooking time. 

Also, it’s good to consider the size of your casserole dish. The quantity of vegetables can vary; if you’re using a larger or smaller casserole dish, adjust your quantities appropriately!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

NB: Not all of ingredients are shown  and we only used about half of the squash and sweet potato shown here! The remainder was roasted and used in a salad later on in the week. 😀

 

Ingredients

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Directions

  • Wash the lentils in a sieve. Remove any stones or seeds. Cook the lentils according to packet instructions. Drain.
  • Peel and chop the garlic and onion. Remove the stem & core and roughly chop the bell pepper.
  • Wash and slice the mushrooms. Peel and slice the sweet potato into 1/2 cm pieces. Peel, trim the ends, remove the seeds and slice the squash into 1 cm pieces.Thinly slice the tomato.
  • Trim the ends off of the squash, peel the skin, deseed and then chop into ¼-½ cm slices. Wash, remove the stem and then shop the tomato into slices.

 

 

  • Heat a non-stick pot over a medium heat. Spray it some low-fat cooking oil. Add the garlic, onion and bell pepper. Gently fry for 2 mins or until just softened.
  • Add 15g tomato purée, 1 tin of tomatoes, 250ml vegetable stock. Simmer for about 6-7 mins (allowing the tomatoes to break down slightly). Season the mixture to taste. Remove from the heat.
  • In the meantime, heat a separate frying pan over a medium heat. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil and add the mushrooms. Gently fry for 3-4 mins or until just softened. Remove.
  • Add the cooked lentils into the tomato mixture. Stir together.

 

 Preheat the oven to 220ºC/420ºF.

 

Now create the white sauce (using our adjusted ingredient suggestions above!).

 

 

Assemble the bake!

1. Pour half of the tomato and lentil sauce into the base of a large casserole dish.

2. Layer the squash over the tomato and lentil sauce in a single layer.

3. Pour over the remaining tomato sauce.

4. Create a final (single) layer of vegetables using the sweet potato. Press them into the sauce.

5. Pour over the white sauce, spreading evenly. Tip: Help guide the sauce over the vegetables with a silicone spatula! 

6. Layer over the cooked mushrooms and the tomato. If desired, add a sprinkling of dried herbs. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste. Place the casserole dish onto the middle oven shelf. Bake for 30-40 mins or until the sweet potato and squash are cooked (test its tenderness with a fork!). Remove.

 

 

Allow to cool for 5 mins. Serve warm.

 

 

Spoon into large serving bowls (if preferred, with some steamed greens!) and enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable and air-tight container; reheat and consume within 2-3 days. Alternatively freeze individual portions in resealable and air tight containers; defrost and reheat within 1-2 months.

 

 

If preferred…

  • If you know when you’re going to be short on time, try preparing this dish a day ahead; just refrigerate and then bake it the following evening! Alternatively, meal prep this baby and then pop it into the freezer; defrost and reheat it on a day when you just don’t have time to cook!
  • Make the white sauce a little ‘cheesy’! Try adding some nutritional yeast (fortified with B12!).
  • Make your bake as seasonal, frugal or as simple as you desire! Some spinach, chard, or broccoli could also make a great for a great alternative bake!

Butternut Squash, Carrot & Chickpea Tagine

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Serves: 4-6
Prep & Cooking Time: 65-70 minutes

Recipe adapted from: ASDA

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, iron, potassium and is low in salt and saturated fats. 

This recipe has so many wonderful flavours to offer… all of which were absorbed by the delicious veggies! We adapted this recipe from a supermarket magazine (that we were lucky enough to pick up last year!). Occasionally some of these free magazines will contain decent/healthy recipes…while other times their more about ‘product promotion’! Erm, just because the magazines have beautifully crafted a recipe (that happens to include a brand name sausage)…does not make it healthy…or even appealing for that matter (50p coupon on offer or not)!

The original recipe requests you to use a flame-proof casserole dish (which is good, as most people do not own a tagine!), but we cooked ours in a large/standard saucepan over our stove-top. 

We made this recipe a couple of times last year and as a result have changed the quantities of most of the ingredients used (especially when it comes to the spices!); we also added paprika and green beans, and omitted the use of olive oil. All in all, it’s a great, healthy, full-flavoured and inexpensive recipe that’s definitely worth all of the chopping involved! 🙂

 

Quick facts:

  • Here’s a snapshot regarding tagines! A tagine is quite similar to a rich ‘stew’ in consistency, but the taste encompasses all of the wonder warm flavours of Moroccan spices; this is because it is traditionally a North African dish. The word itself refers to the type of cookware (it’s a clay or ceramic dish with a distinctive conical top) that’s used to slow cook this classic stew; it can contain meat, fish or poultry along with dried fruits and vegetables that are cooked to a mouth-watering and succulent consistency. 

Tagines can be hand painted with painstakingly intricate and beautiful designs! The material itself (which is naturally porous unless treated) retains moisture whilst you cook; it also helps to retain all of the rich flavours from your stew (which will help intensify the flavours of your next meal)! The conical top helps let steam circulate (above and around the food) whilst the stew cooks; this also contributes to the rich flavours and tenderness of the dish. 

  • Our tagine recipe contains 6.5 portions of fruit/vegetables (per serving/*based on 4 servings) towards your 5-A-Day quota!

 

 

Most of the ingredients were prepped earlier that day! God bless inventions…a.k.a. …tupperware!

 

 

Ingredients:

 NB: When served with couscous, this dish is really filling!

 

 

Directions:

 Prep the vegetables. Peel and finely chop the onion. peel, trim the ends, de-seed and chop the squash into bite-sized cubes. Wash, peel, trim the ends and cut the carrot into slices; if using a large carrot, chop into halves. Wash, peel and grate the ginger. Peel and mince the garlic. Drain and rinse the chickpeas (if applicable).

 

Dice the apricots.

 

 

Heat a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil.

 

 

Add the onion. Gently fry for 1-2 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the squash and carrot. Stir together. Cook for 2 minutes.

 

 

Add the ginger and garlic. Stir together. Cook for 1 minute.

 

 

Add the spices and water. Stir to coat.

 

 

Add the chickpeas, apricots, puree and tomatoes. Stir to combine.

 

 

Add the stock. Stir together.

 

 

Cover with a lid. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approx. 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

 

 

 In the meantime, heat a small, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat.

 

 

Add the nuts. Dry roast until lightly toasted. Remove.

 

 

Transfer into a small dish.

 

 

Meanwhile, snap the beans into halves/bite-sized pieces.

 

 

In the meantime, cook the couscous according to the packet instructions.

 

 

Add the beans when the tagine has almost finished cooking. Mix to combine. Cover with the lid. Continuing cooking for a further 4-5 minutes or until the beans are tender. Remove from the heat.

 

 

Allow the tagine to cool slightly. Leave covered until served.

NB: We find the flavours intensify once the meal has cooled down.

 

 

In the meantime, wash, dry and roughly chop the coriander.

 

 

Serve warm. Spoon the couscous into a lipped serving plate or bowl. Ladle over the tagine. Garnish with nuts, coriander and seeds.

 

 

Enjoy!

Leftovers! 🙂

 

 

Here is one we made last year with some GF couscous!

This GF couscous was corn-based. The consistency was quite similar to the original, but obviously the taste was completely different! We would recommend it though. We prepared it quite similarly to the cooking instructions of authentic couscous; the box instructions weren’t ideal (which seems to be the case with a lot of GF products)!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; reheat and consume within 2-3 days. Alternatively freeze in a resealable container(s); defrost, reheat and consume within 1-2 months.

NB: Leftovers are great because one, they saving you time on cooking (and cleaning!) and two, the flavours intensify (even if the meal has been previously frozen)! Do not freeze the couscous, nuts or seeds.

 

Sources: Melissa Guerra, About food and Lakeland

Fiery Butternut Squash & Tofu Soup

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Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking time: 50 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, no added sugars and is low in salt and fats!

This is a squash and tofu soup flavoured with fiery ginger and other earthy spices. Not only is it delicious, but it’s easy to prepare; the finished product provides you with a soup that has a very creamy and velvety texture! 

 

Feel free to use more spices if desired!

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++600ml    Vegetable stock (low-salt/DF; GF if needed)
+++++++++++++++++++800ml    Water
+++++++++++++++++++800g       Butternut squash
+++++++++++++++++++60g          Raw ginger root
+++++++++++++++++++140g        Carrot
+++++++++++++++++++130g        Red bell pepper
+++++++++++++++++++10g          Garlic cloves
+++++++++++++++++++6g            Ground cumin
+++++++++++++++++++6g            Ground coriander
+++++++++++++++++++340g       Silken Tofu
+++++++++++++++++++                Salt & ground black pepper

 

 

Directions:

Place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the stock and water. Bring to the boil.

 

 

In the meantime, trim the ends, de-seed and chop the squash into small cubes. Wash, peel and roughly chop the ginger. Wash, peel, trim the ends and and roughly chop the carrot. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and chop the bell pepper. Peel and mince the garlic.

We used some of our roasted garlic that we saved from last week! Remember our baked rice?! Feel free to use a raw or roasted variety!

 

 

Place the squash, ginger and carrot into the saucepan. Cover with a lid. Bring back to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the bell pepper, garlic, ground cumin and coriander. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Allow to cook for a further 5 minutes.

 

 

Remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.

 

 

In the meantime, drain and place the tofu into a blender.

 

 

Ladle the soup into the blender; if necessary, process in batches.

We completed this step in 2 batches.

 

 

Blend until smooth.

Nice and creamy!

 

 

Transfer the soup back into the saucepan or a resealable container.

 

 

Give it a stir. Taste and season it with salt and black pepper as necessary.

 

 

Reheat gently (if applicable) until hot but not boiling.

 

 

Ladle into a soup bowl.

 

 

Garnish with croutons, seeds, or herbs if desired.

We used some home-made croutons, spring onion, black pepper and a few cumin seeds 🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, freeze in a resealable container(s); defrost and consume within 1-2 months.

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash & Tofu Salad

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Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking Time: 75mins

This recipe was adapted from: BBC Foods

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium and (per serving) is low in saturated fats!

This is a wonderful ‘winter salad’ recipe containing: squash, lentils and a spicy dressing to help warm you on a cold winter’s day! It’s also very versatile and easy to prepare. 

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Lentils are a stable in many diets, particularly South Asian. They are a great, versatile and cheap source of: B-Vitamins, carbohydrate, protein, fibre, iron, potassium and are naturally low in fats! These little lovelies should be incorporated into everyone’s diet- vegan or otherwise. 
  • This is a high fibre meal that (per serving) contains approximately 3.5 servings of fruit/veggies towards your 5-A-Day! 🙂

 

Ingredients:

 

 Nutritional Content:

 

Directions:

Open and drain the tofu. Place it between two heavy chopping boards for about 30 mins to remove any excess water.

 

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Line two baking trays with some parchment paper; lightly spray it some low-fat cooking oil.

NB: We used ‘8 sprays’, but you could probably use less!

 

Wash, peel, trim the ends, de-seed and chop the squash into bite-sized pieces.

 

Place it onto one of the baking trays. Spray with some low-fat cooking oil. Sprinkle over the thyme. Place onto the top oven shelf. Roast for 40-45 mins or until tender. Remove. Allow to cool slightly.

 

Meanwhile, drain and chop the tofu into small cubes. Place it onto the other baking tray. Lightly spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Place it onto the middle oven shelf. Bake for 30 mins or until lightly golden and slightly crisp around the edges. Remove. Allow to cool slightly.

Baked tofu 🙂

 

In the meantime, place a large, non-stick saucepan with some cold water over a medium heat. Add the lentils. Cook them according to the packet instructions. Drain. Allow to cool slightly.

NB: Ours took 25 mins to cook.

 

Meanwhile, wash and dry the rocket. Wash, trim the ends and finely slice the onion. Wash, remove the stem and dice the tomatoes. Drain off any excess oil and then finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes. Peel and dice the garlic. Wash, trim the ends, de-seed (unless you prefer dishes with a little more heat!) and then dice the chilli.

… For an extra, spicy kick-  do not remove the chilli seeds!

 

Place a small, non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the seeds. Lightly toast. Remove from the heat. Place into a small dish.

 

 

1. In the meantime, prepare the dressing. Place the garlic, chilli, oil, both of the vinegars, soya (or tamari) sauce and the syrup into a mixing jug. Whisk to combine.

2. Place the rocket into a large mixing or salad bowl.

3. Add the squash.

4. Add the tofu.

5. Add the lentils, onions, all of the tomatoes and the seeds. Pour over the dressing.

6. Gently toss together.

 

 

Serve warm. Transfer the salad into a large lipped plate or serving bowl and garnish with the sesame seeds.

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable and air-tight container; consume within 3-5 days.

 

If preferred….

  • Instead of sesame seeds try some: pumpkin, chia or  flax seeds or some nuts (maybe walnut, flaked almonds or pine).
  • Swap the rocket for: spinach, swiss chard or lightly steamed kale.
  • Use some sweet potatoes instead of squash.
  • Swap the tomatoes for roasted red bell pepper.
  • If you are not vegan, swap the tofu for some low-fat cheese.

Butternut Squash & Spinach Curry

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Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking time: 65-75minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, E & K, protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, iron, some calcium, no added sugars and is low in saturated fats!

This curry is simple and delicious! Its very ‘light’ and makes an ideal ‘starter recipe’ to get you cooking more South Asian cuisine! Please do not feel that you have to use tamarind, especially in this form; buying it like this saves you money though. Preparing a paste from the pulp won’t add too much extra prep time either (maybe 5 minutes)! You can still make this curry without it, just season and flavour it to your own personal taste.

 

NB: Oue  garam masala spice mix and fresh coriander are missing. *The coriander is coming straight out of my freezer and I am making my own garam blend!

 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++++++++++++50g      Tamarind pulp
+++++++++++++++++++++++++250ml  Boiling water
+++++++++++++++++++++++++160g     Frozen spinach
+++++++++++++++++++++++++300g    White onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++40g       Root ginger
+++++++++++++++++++++++++8g         Garlic cloves
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1000g   Butternut Squash
+++++++++++++++++++++++++10g        Fresh coriander
+++++++++++++++++++++++++              1kcal Fry Spray (low-fat cooking oil)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g    Brown basmati rice (uncooked)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++4g         Garam Masala spice mix
+++++++++++++++++++++++++2g         Black mustard seeds
+++++++++++++++++++++++++400ml  Vegetable stock (low-sodium/DF/GF)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++20g       Flaked almonds

 

 

Nutritional info (inclusive of the curry and the rice):

*Based on 4 servings, this recipe provides:
422kcal, 11g Protein, 5.3g Fat, 0.71g Sat/fat, 0.73g Salt, 5.2mg Iron/ serving

 

 

Directions

Cut a piece of the pulp off of the slab.

 

Place the pulp into a bowl.

 

Add the boiling water. Allow it to soak for approximately 30 minutes, or until softened.

NB: You can soak yours for 15 minutes if desired. I prefer the flavours I get from a 30 minute soak.

 

In the meantime, place the spinach into a microwavable bowl. Defrost in the microwave. Drain. NB: If using fresh spinach, wash it in a colander and then allow it to drain.

 

Meanwhile, peel and finely dice the onions. Wash, peel and grate the ginger. Peel and crush the garlic. Peel, trim the ends, de-seed and chop the squash into bite-sized chunks. Wash, dry and roughly chop the coriander.

NB: I cheated… I used my food processor to dice the onions!

 

NB: This is what our pulp looked like after 30 minutes.

Yes…it doesn’t look very pretty!

 

Get another bowl and a fine sieve….

 

Pour the contents of the bowl with the pulp through the sieve into the second bowl.

 

With a fork, gently press against the tamarind pulp; hard enough to push the pulp through the sieve (collecting a paste in the water), separating it from its thick membranes, husk and seeds.

NB: I can only commit to this for about 1-2 minutes! Some people will push, squeeze and separate all of the pulp from the seeds and only use the reserved paste (and not the water)…that is their prerogative! For me, the juice and the amount of paste I have gathered is enough to enhance the flavours of this curry. 🙂

 

Keep the water with the paste. Discard the contents of the sieve.

 

Meanwhile, heat a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Spray some low-fat cooking oil. Add the onion, ginger and garlic. Gently fry for 1-2 minutes or until softened.

NB: I used ‘3 sprays’.

 

In the meantime, prepare the rice according to the packet instructions.

NB: I  flavoured my rice by adding 6 cardamom pods before cooking; remove before serving.  Just remember to count them before you put them in!

 

Add the garam masala and the mustard seeds.

 

Stir together. Gently fry for 1 minute or until fragrant.

 

Add the reserved paste and its water, squash and the stock. Stir together. Bring to the boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes or until the squash is tender.

 

In the meantime, place a small frying pan over a medium-high heat. When its hot, add the nuts. Stir and gently dry-fry them until lightly toasted. Remove and transfer into a small dish.

 

Add the spinach and coriander about 2 minutes before the end of cooking (this will allow the spinach to wilt slightly before serving; if using fresh). Cover with the lid.

 

Remove from the heat. Allow it to rest 5-10 minutes with the lid on (if you have time). I always find the flavours taste best when the meal is not boiling hot!

 

Serve warm. Place the curry into a small dish. Garnish with the nuts and some coriander (if desired) and serve along side the rice. Alternatively, place the rice into a large serving bowl, cover it with the curry and garnish with the nuts.

NB: This picture provides 1 serving (based on this recipe serving 4). * I found some coriander and garlic flavoured pita bread to serve with ours 🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate in a resealable container and consume within 3 days.

 

If preferred…

  • Make this curry one day ahead if you are short on time; things always taste better the next day anyways!
  • Use any type of South Asian spice and/or flavouring you desire!
  • Try using fresh spinach instead of frozen and pumpkin instead of butternut squash.
  • Try adding some brown lentils to this dish to increase the iron content!
  • Serve with some plain/unsweetened soya yoghurt and half a GF pita bread if desired. NB: We recommended pita because typical ‘naan bread’ (a.k.a. Indian leavened flat bread) normally contains quite of bit of fat and/or salt!

Mexican Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Serves: 2
Prep & Cooking Time: 50 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, paring knife, large spoon, parchment paper, baking tray, colander, small dish, frying pan with lid

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamins C, E & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, is low in added salt and sugars and (per serving) is low in saturated fats!

Like our other recipes here at Eat2Health, the ingredients are not dripping in oil! Eating this stuffed squash is almost like eating a taco, it’s just missing the ‘crunch factor’ and of course the infamous stains down the front of your t-shirt!

We think the hardest part about this recipe was preparing the squash (at least for us)! Other than that it’s smooth sailing…straight into a mouthful of delicious ‘Mexican’ tastes and textures. 

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Ingredients

++++++++++++++++++++++800g      Butternut Squash
++++++++++++++++++++++5ml        Olive Oil
++++++++++++++++++++++                Low-fat Cooking Oil
++++++++++++++++++++++140g      White Onion
++++++++++++++++++++++8g           Garlic Clove
++++++++++++++++++++++170g      Red Bell Pepper
++++++++++++++++++++++400g      Tin Black Beans
++++++++++++++++++++++3g           Fresh Coriander
++++++++++++++++++++++1g           Chilli Flakes
++++++++++++++++++++++1g           Chilli Powder
++++++++++++++++++++++10g         Ground Cumin
++++++++++++++++++++++6g           Ground Coriander
++++++++++++++++++++++3g           Dried Onion Powder
++++++++++++++++++++++1g           Garlic Powder (unsalted)
++++++++++++++++++++++                Salt and Ground Black Pepper
++++++++++++++++++++++20g         Tomato Puree
++++++++++++++++++++++250ml    Water
++++++++++++++++++++++75g         Avocado Pear (approx ½ of a small variety)
++++++++++++++++++++++20g         Green Olives
++++++++++++++++++++++15g         Cherry Tomatoes
++++++++++++++++++++++20g         Sweet Corn Kernels (tinned or fresh)
++++++++++++++++++++++50g         Mild Salsa
++++++++++++++++++++++80g         Soya Yoghurt (plain/unsweetened)
++++++++++++++++++++++1g            Cumin Seeds

 

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or some parchment paper.

 

  • Wash, trim the ends and then halve the squash. Tip: I a sharp bread knife can also be used to (safely!) cut through the squash.
  • De-seed; reserving and roasting the seeds later is optional! Tip: A quick job with a paring knife for this step (but feel free to use a spoon if you prefer).
  • Hollow out each side (just enough to form a shallow ‘boat shape’); please do not discard these bits of flesh. Tip: Paring knife or large spoon? Both can be used to scrape out the flesh!
  • Place the squash flesh side down onto the tray. Place the extra bits of flesh along side them. Rub both sides of the squash with oil. Spray some low-fat cooking oil on the bits of reserved flesh. Place the baking tray onto the middle oven shelf. Roast for about 20 mins.

 

 

In the meantime…

  • Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and dice the bell pepper. Wash and drain the beans. Wash, dry and roughly chop the coriander. Place the chilli flakes, chilli powder, ground cumin and coriander, dried onion and garlic powder into a small dish; season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Place the purée into a small dish.
  • Meanwhile, remove the baking tray from the oven. Collect the extra bits of flesh and place them into a small dish. Place the baking tray back into the oven. Continue to roast the squash for another 10-15 mins, or until the flesh has softened. NB: Ours took 35 mins in total.
  • Chop the avocado into two halves; carefully remove the stone and peel and then roughly chop it. Drain and slice the olives. Wash, remove the stem and then dice the tomatoes. Drain and rinse the sweet corn; if using a fresh cob, remove the kernels from the cob, rinse and then cook before use.

 

 

  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling.  Heat a non-stick frying pan or wok over a medium-low heat. Tip: Once hot, add a little water, a little at a time to steam-fry the vegetables. Add the onion and the garlic first, cover with a lid and gently steam-fry for 2 mins, or until softened. Stir and add a little more water occasionally to prevent the vegetables from sticking (continue this step as you add more vegetables).
  • Add the peppers, reserved squash flesh and the dish of spices and seasoning’s. Stir together. Cover and steam-fry for approximately 4-5 mins.
  • Add the beans, fresh coriander, purée and the remaining water. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Steam-fry for a further 2-3 mins; remove from the heat. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Add any additional spices if you prefer.

 

 

Remove the roasted squash from oven.

 

 

All for under 500Kcal!

  • Transfer it onto a serving plate. Stuff each piece of squash with the bean filling. Tip: Silicone or heavy-duty oven gloves are perfect for this step!
  • Top with some salsa.
  • Add the yoghurt, avocado, olives, tomatoes and cumin seeds!

 

Enjoy!

If preferred…

  • Use your favourite type of bean! Try some pinto or black-eyed beans!
  • Grate a small portion of vegan cheese and sprinkle it over top; allow it to melt in the oven 5 mins before serving.
  • Make your own salsa instead of using a store bought one. Tip: this will allow you to regulate the sugar, salt and your spice preferences!
  • Top it with some homemade guacamole instead of avocado.
  • Swap the type of onion or olives!
  • Garnish it with some fresh coriander or parsley leaves.
  • Top it with a diced red chilli pepper or jalapeños for an extra kick!