Stuffed Kabocha Squash Centerpiece

Active Time: 30 minutes • Total Time: 1:30 minutes

Yields: 4-6 Servings

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  • Roasted Squash:
  • 1 large squash roughly 5 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Stuffing:
  • 2 teaspoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 carrot washed well and chopped
  • 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 1 large stick celery chopped
  • 8 ounces tempeh
  • 1/2 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup vegan chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 gala apple cored and diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups Earthbound Farms Organic Spring Mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Your favorite salad dressing

Your holiday table is about to get more delicious and beautiful thanks to this stuffed Kabocha Squash Centerpiece by Vegan Yack Attack. Who says the turkey needs to be the star of the meal? This tasty recipe is vegan and gluten-free and makes for great leftovers!

For the squash, preheat oven to 400F, and have ready a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Slice the top 1-inch (or so) off of the squash, to create a lid, then scoop out the insides and discard them. Or, clean and save the seeds for roasting or planting. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then rub it on all cut surfaces of the squash.

Pierce squash and lid with a fork, several times, then place them in the casserole dish. Add a 1/4-inch layer of water to the dish, then place in the oven to roast for 50 to 60 minutes, or until fork-tender.

While the squash is roasting, warm 2 teaspoons of oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Once hot, add onion, carrot, parsnip, and celery to the pot, stirring to coat veggies in oil. Using your hands, crumble the tempeh into the pot, then sauté mixture for 3 minutes.

Next, add rice, toasting with mixture for 2 minutes, then add broth, apple, poultry seasoning, and pepper, stirring to combine. Cover with lid, bring the mixture to a boil, then adjust heat to low-medium and simmer, covered, for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and liquid absorbed. Turn heat off and stir 2 cups (50 g) Earthbound Farm Mixed Greens and walnuts into the stuffing, then season with salt, to taste.

Once the squash is roasted through, fill it with the rice stuffing, cover with “lid,” then cool on a rack for 15 minutes before surrounding the base of the squash with the remaining greens, extra walnuts, and dried cranberries. Serve while warm, with salad dressing on the side.

Note: Substitute the tempeh with a 15 ounce-can of white beans, drained and rinsed, for a soy-free option. Substitute the walnuts with pumpkin seeds for a nut-free option.

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