Saturday, March 03, 2007

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberry Relish, Lightlife Gimme Lean Review


Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberry Relish

I was thinking of things to do with the Lightlife Gimme Lean and came up with this recipe while trying to sleep. Sometimes, insomnia can be a good thing! This baby can be done in 30 minutes. I used my convection toaster oven to roast the squash and had enough time to make this simple filling and cranberry relish. The filling was made from a tiny bit of earth balance, bulgur, veggies, spices and of course, the Gimme Lean. I browned the Gimme Lean in my cast iron while the stuffing mixture cooked. I had some leftover cranberries, so I made a quick fat free cranberry/dijon vinaigrette which turned out surprisingly well, so I served this for lunch along with a spinach/carrot and toasted squash seed salad. The entire lunch only had 8 WW points. Verdict: Delicious! The Lightlife prodcuts certainly fit the bill when it comes to calories and fat!

I was a little freaked out by the Gimme Lean because it was so meatlike, but will definitely buy it in the future. I am already thinking of other great uses for it. I only used 3 oz for the stuffing, so I have 11oz left, so you'll be seeing more of within the next several days I suspect.


I had two halves of the squash left that I was saving to test my Tex Mex Black Bean and Quinoa Hash in, but my son decided that they were too delicious to resist! How can you say no to a 15 year old who craves squash?

14 comments:

  1. That looks so pretty! And it sounds very tasty!

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  2. Oh my, that picture! At the risk of sounding cheesy, it looks like sunshine. Yum!

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  3. I love stuffed squash because their are so many healthgul variations to use for the filling. Bulgur and cranberries sound like a fantastic combination!

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  4. Wow! HOW INCREDIBLY YUMMY it all looks.

    I just discovered your blog and will definitely have to come back often!

    Yummmmmm.....

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  5. How inventive! Sounds like it would be extremely delicious and filling. I wish I could come up with such great ideas when I can't sleep.

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  6. That looks really tasty. Will have to give it a try.

    How wonderful that your 15yr old craves squash. That is truly a blessing!

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  7. I really like the Gimme Lean sausage. I made a ton of vegan biscuits and gravy with it last month and it even impressed my very skeptical friends. Your squash sounds lovely - and so fantastically quick!

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  8. Looks like a little heart....

    What a great idea, Mel! You're very creative in the kitchen.

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  9. Gorgeous squash dish, Melody!

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  10. That looks pretty and really yummy too!! I love stuffed squash and just found out about the faux meat company you mention. I'm going to have to try this!! :)

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  11. That looks yummy! That's awesome your son likes squash so much too.

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  12. That is one beautiful squash! The cranberry vinaigrette sounds really good. I have coupons printed out for Lightlife, so I'm about ready to give their products a try.

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  13. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Notes From a Vegan Feast has a yummy "meat loaf". Of course, like all true experimenter/cooks I changed a bunched of things and I know you will too

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  14. Anonymous9:58 AM

    hello there thanks for your grat post, as usual ((o:

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