Stuffed Whole Squash

Divide the cabbage between serving plates, then cut the squash into thick slices and place on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. If you don’t get through the whole squash in one sitting, you can freeze the slices and enjoy again a different day. The miso savoy cabbage takes minutes to prepare, so you can turn it into a quick and easy meal for dinner.
Serves 4
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes Plus 2 hours roasting and resting
1 butternut squash (about 1.5kg/3lb 5oz)
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 celery stick, finely diced
20g (²⁄³oz/1 cup) of parsley, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
1 tsp of dried thyme
1 tsp of rosemary, finely chopped
70g (2½oz/²⁄³ cup) of sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
75g (2½oz/heaped ½ cup) of cooked chestnuts
75g (2½oz/½ cup) of dried apricots or dates, roughly chopped
50g (1¾oz/¼ cup) of brown rice
2 pinches of ground allspice
350ml (12fl oz/1½ cups) of vegetable stock
1½ tsp of sea salt
Cracked black pepper, to taste
For the miso mustard savoy cabbage
1 tbsp of white miso paste
1 tsp of tamari sauce
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
1 tbsp of toasted sesame oil
½ tsp of black sesame seeds
1 tbsp of maple syrup
2 tsp of grated ginger
3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
½ savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
Step 1

Wash the squash and cut it in half lengthways, then use a spoon to remove the seeds. Scrape out the flesh, making a gully for the stuffing along the full length. Collect the scooped-out flesh and finely chop. Add the two tablespoons of olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Add the celery, parsley, dried thyme and rosemary. Cook the squash flesh in the herbs for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Chop the sundried tomatoes together with the chestnuts and dried apricots. Add to the pan along with the rice and allspice, and stir. Add the vegetable stock, sea salt and black pepper, and mix well. Cover and allow the rice to cook for 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check that all the liquid has been absorbed, then remove from the heat. It’s okay if the rice is still a little al dente, as it will continue to cook once in the oven.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Pack the stuffing tightly into the gully in the 2 squash halves, then press the halves back together and secure with kitchen twine. Rub the squash with oil, salt and pepper. Place on a large roasting tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour 45 minutes–2 hours, or until the squash is tender. Remove the foil, brush the squash with maple syrup and cook, brushing occasionally, for a further 15 minutes or until the squash is dark golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 4

While waiting, make the miso mustard savoy cabbage. Add the miso paste, tamari, Dijon mustard, sesame oil and seeds, maple syrup, ginger and one tablespoon water to a bowl and whisk, then set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the cabbage and sauté for six to eight minutes or until soft. Add the miso mustard sauce and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.

The Yoga Kitchen Plan by Kimberly Parsons (Quadrille, £20) Photography © Laura Edwards

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