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Cajun Red Bean-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Savory vegan Cajun red beans are simmered to perfection, then baked inside a delicata squash for a fall-inspired twist on red beans and rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword Red Bean Stuffed Delicata Squash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Yield 10 stuffed squash
Calories Per Serving 259 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan

Ingredients

For the vegan Cajun red beans (makes enough to stuff about 5 squash)

For the Cajun red bean stuffed delicata squash:

  • 5 delicata squash halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • vegan Cajun red beans (recipe above)
  • green onions for serving

Instructions

For the vegan Cajun red beans:

  1. Heat the olive oil in the bottom of a large saucepan. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic with a pinch of salt, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans. Add them to the pot along with the vegetable broth, and seasoning (dried thyme through liquid smoke).
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 2 hours, keeping covered and stirring occasionally, until beans are completely soft. Remove the bay leaf. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. For a thicker texture, mash some of the beans against the side of the pot.

For the Cajun red bean stuffed delicata squash:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. (You may need two baking sheets if your squash are on the larger side).

  2. Rub the squash halves with a very light coating of oil and place on the baking sheet.

  3. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until the flesh is tender and the skin is slightly crisp.

  4. Add a scoop (approximately 1/2 cup) of vegan Cajun red beans to the inside of each squash half that you plan to eat now. Return to the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the beans are warm through. Store leftover squash and beans separately from each other.

  5. Serve with sliced green onions, and hot sauce (if desired).
Nutrition Facts
Cajun Red Bean-Stuffed Delicata Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 stuffed squash half)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 689mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 6%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.