Lamb and apricot stuffed squash
- 1 butternut squash (about 900g)
- boiling water
- freshly ground black pepper
- spray oil
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriandercilantroX
- 450g lamb mince
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- pinch salt
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- ¹/³ cup dried apricots, chopped
- ½ cup wholemeal couscous
- 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, to garnish
- Tomato sauce
- ½ cup passata
- 1½ cups reduced-salt vegetable stock or water
1 Preheat oven to 190°C. Halve squash lengthways. In a baking dish, place squash halves, flesh side up. Pour 1 cup boiling water in the base of the dish. Season with pepper and spray with oil. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until flesh is tender when prodded with a fork.
2 Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a non-stick pan, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add spices, lamb, dried thyme, salt and season with black pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until evenly browned. Add tomatoes, apricots, couscous and ¼ cup water. Cook for 5 more minutes.
3 Remove squash from oven and, holding the skin with oven gloves, scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a 1cm border. Add the flesh to the filling. Mix well. Line the baking dish with baking paper, return squash cases and divide the filling between them.
4 In a jug, combine passata with stock. Drizzle over the squash.
5 Bake filled squash for 15 more minutes. Serve garnished with fresh thyme.
Nutrition Info (per serve)
Total fat 14g
–Saturated fat 5g
Dietary fibre 11g
NOTE: If you have a nut allergy and are using packaged goods in recipes, please check the allergen warning on the packet regarding nuts.
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