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Rice-Stuffed Delicata Squashes

Rice-suffed delicata squashes

My husband certainly has a way with his vegetable garden. Each year there’s one or another crop that becomes, to put it politely, overabundant. The first year, it was tomatoes. The phrase, “too many tomatoes” was particularly resonant for me, as my overindulgence triggered an allergy (fortunately, temporary) resulting in itchy hives. The following year, the culprit was Swiss chard. Though mildly annoying at the time, my bewilderment over what to do with this profusion of greens led to my writing a book (my latest, Wild About Greens) on leafy greens of all sorts.

Squashes, tomatoes. and collards

This is but a fraction of one week’s haul from the garden!

Squashes vary in terms of how large a hollow they offer for stuffing, so no worries if you have more of the rice pilaf than what they’ll comfortably hold — you can simply use any that remains as a yummy side dish. Use any kind of brown rice, though I highly recommend using an exotic rice blend for more flavor. Exotic doesn’t mean hard to find — you’ll find rice blends in the supermarket, as well as natural foods stores.The Royal Blend® with Quinoa used here contains not only light brown rice but red quinoa and freekeh (a form of whole-grain wheat). It’s so flavorful in and of itself that I kept the pilaf stuffing simple.

Serves: 4 as a main dish; 8 as a side dish

  • 4 medium delicata  squashes (or other semi-hard squashes,
    such as acorn, golden acorn, very small butternut, or any that
    have a symmetrical oblong shape)
  • 1 1/4 cups brown rice or exotic whole-grain rice blend
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion (or 1/2 large), finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or water
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons mixed seasoning blend (like Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Small squashes are easy to prepare by microwaving. Simply allow 3 to 4 minutes on High per squash, or until it is easily pierced with a sharp knife, but not mushy. You can also use the easy directions for baking in the oven in this post on How to Tame Winter Squashes. You can do this step ahead of time.

Combine the rice and vegetable broth in a large saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Lower the heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the broth is absorbed. If you prefer a more tender grain, add 1/2 cup additional broth or water, and cook until absorbed.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and bell pepper and continue to sauté until all are soft and golden. Once the rice is done, add it to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients.

Squashes and rice pilaf

Stir together and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, or until nicely heated through. When the squashes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half through the stem ends. Remove and discard the seeds and fibers.

Hollow them out, leaving a sturdy shell, about 1/4 inch thick. Some squashes have more flesh to remove than others, once the seeds are gone. Whatever squash flesh you have, chop it finely and stir into the rice mixture. Stuff the cavities in the squashes with the rice mixture generously, without overstuffing. Sprinkle extra minced dill over the tops for garnish. If both the squashes and rice mixture are still warm, you can serve as is, but if need be, you can arrange in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and warm in a 350º F. oven until piping hot, just before serving. Serve two halves per person as a main dish; or one half per person as a side dish. Rice-stuffed squashes served with steamed greens

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88 Comments

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    Nava
    October 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Testing ….

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    Janice Cooper
    October 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Stuffed rice pockets

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    Janice Cooper
    October 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/394558420348465154

  • Reply
    Shannon
    October 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Squash Boats!

  • Reply
    Gloria Kersh
    October 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I’d name it Royal Garden Delight!!!!
    and it looks yummy

  • Reply
    Carol Lustig
    October 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    SQUICE as Nice Stuffed Squash

  • Reply
    Tamar
    October 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Royal Rice Stuffed Squash!

  • Reply
    Maureen
    October 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Squashocopia!

  • Reply
    jan pavia
    October 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    pilaf squash boats

  • Reply
    Kristin
    October 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hearty and Healthy Stuffed Winter Squash!

  • Reply
    Joy
    October 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Rockin’ the Royal Rice Boats!

  • Reply
    Danielle F.
    October 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Veggie Rice stuffed Harvest Squash

  • Reply
    Terri Cole
    October 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Glorious Grains Stuffed Squash

  • Reply
    Margaret Smith
    October 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Stuffed rice boats.
    Thanks so much.

  • Reply
    Margaret Smith
    October 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/396001582875037696
    Thanks again.

  • Reply
    donna marchlewski
    October 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Royal Squash boats

  • Reply
    Stephanie V.
    October 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    autumn rice delight
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  • Reply
    Kiara
    October 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Stuffed squash.
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    Natalie
    October 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Row row row your boats salad

  • Reply
    heather
    October 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I would name this dish “Squash Bounty Deluxe”

  • Reply
    Shannon Baas
    October 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Squash and rice delight.

  • Reply
    Stacy R
    October 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Stuffed squash with rice

  • Reply
    christine burd
    November 1, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Royal Squash Armadas would be what I would name this recipe

  • Reply
    Cynthia C
    November 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I would call it Royal Stuffed Squash

  • Reply
    Cynthia C
    November 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Tweet
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  • Reply
    Kim Henrichs
    November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I would call it Autumn Stuffed Squash

  • Reply
    Kim Ripley
    November 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Squash Boats

  • Reply
    Kim H
    November 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Royal Blend® Whole Grain with Texmati® Brown & Wild Rice
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  • Reply
    Barbara M
    November 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Fall Bounty Goodness – thank you.

  • Reply
    Barbara M
    November 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/396303453473234944

  • Reply
    Kimberly Snyder
    November 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    VeggieQ Boats

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    Chrystal D
    November 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Special Squash is my choice!

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    jessica
    November 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    squash n rice boats

  • Reply
    Kerry
    November 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Stuffed Squash sounds like a good name for this.

  • Reply
    Chris Marie
    November 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I would name it rice delish over squash. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply
    Chris Marie
    November 2, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/BlumbyBlimpers/status/396541092134281216

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    Diane baum
    November 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I would call it rice in a bowl

  • Reply
    Anastasia
    November 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I’m terrible with names! So I’d go with whats in it, so you know what you’re getting by the name 🙂 Garden squash rice bowl 🙂

  • Reply
    Anastasia
    November 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Tweeted 🙂 – https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/396708573884841984

  • Reply
    tina reynolds
    November 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Squashed delight Rice

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    tina reynolds
    November 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/396810904568070144

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    gina
    November 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Vegetarian stuffed squash

  • Reply
    Karen D
    November 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I’d name it “Stuffed Squash…it’s dilly”

  • Reply
    Karen D
    November 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Tweeted at https://twitter.com/KDFF/status/397066972489207809

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    maria cantu
    November 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    rice stuffed squash pizza

  • Reply
    Debbie B
    November 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    stuffed squash

  • Reply
    Debbie B
    November 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/397115394403467264

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    Dee
    November 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I’d name it Harvest Stuffed Squash 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca Graham
    November 4, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I would name it squash boats.

  • Reply
    Betty C
    November 4, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Autumn rice boats

  • Reply
    Betty C
    November 4, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/397298196403085312

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    jason
    November 4, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I love it

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    Sarah Hirsch
    November 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Squash Surprise

  • Reply
    Lisa V.
    November 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Zesty Squash and Rice.

  • Reply
    Erica Best
    November 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    squash bowls

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    Erica Best
    November 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/397405948169289728

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    Lauren-Olivia Wood
    November 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I would call this dish Stuffed Squash Boats!

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    Jennifer
    November 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    rice and squash boats!

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    Melissa l
    November 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Stuffed Squash 🙂 it’s like stuffed peppers.. thats what it reminded me of

    Thanks for the giveaway

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    Melissa l
    November 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/savingbride/status/397552025728061440

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    Karen Drake
    November 7, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I would name it Stuffed Squash Fiesta.

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    s riches
    November 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Stuffed Squash Supreme

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    DanV
    November 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Veggie stuffed squash

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    kathy pease
    November 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Id name this dreamy rice boats 🙂

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    kathy pease
    November 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/398448169308004352

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    Nicole Carter
    November 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I would call it Rice Stuffed Squash
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    Nicole Carter
    November 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/itzmenmc/status/398449995382157312
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    Nadine L
    November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Healthy Harvest

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    Nadine L
    November 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/2BeFitBy50/status/398476105817915392

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    Lisa Garner
    November 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I would name it Bountiful Boats.
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    Lisa Garner
    November 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/398481104715264000

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    thischickwins
    November 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    mega-stuffed squash

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    Thomas Murphy
    November 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I would name it stuffed squash boat.

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    Thomas Murphy
    November 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/398530469651697664

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    November 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Squash delight

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    November 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    https://twitter.com/aes529/status/398550376732839937

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    Jackee
    November 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Savory Stuffed Squash

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    Jackee
    November 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Tweet https://twitter.com/krazekatlady/status/398555787229806592

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    angie lilly
    November 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Herbed Veggie Stuffed Squash!

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    Sand
    November 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Quinoa squash boats.

  • Reply
    mariem
    November 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    sqaush boats

  • Reply
    Nicole Weite
    November 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Don’t rock the boat… Squash the boat!

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    lisa lo
    November 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Squash surprise!

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    lisa lo
    November 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    https://twitter.com/lisagee1234/status/398615032277110785

    tweet

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    Mihaela Day
    November 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Yummy Stuffed Squash

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    Gianna
    November 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Butternut Boats.

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    Penny
    September 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I am going to toast the rice mix slightly in a frying pan before I cook it.

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