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Mediterranean Stuffed Squash

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Would you believe I spelled Mediterranean right on the first try?

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Seriously. No squiggly lines, no buzzing alarms, no firetrucks, no handcuffs. Looks like I don’t have to enroll for self-esteem camp after all!

I’m also noticing that sliiiiight shift in afternoon light as we get closer and closer to the ‘Embers. That’s what I’ve always called the last four months of the year. The ‘Embers. Even though there’s a ‘Tober in there. I still group them together as the ‘Embers. How many times can I say ‘Embers before you volunteer to wrap a spider web around your head?

OMG speaking OF, my sister found a Black Widow in her house yesterday. A BAAALAAAACCCKKAAA WIIIIDDDOOOOWWWAAA.

She sent me a picture last night before bed as a mean prank and she’s no longer invited to my baby showers.

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What was I saying?

Oh yeah, shift in light. See, I’m still taking 13-hour naps everyday (growing twins is hard, man.) and I’ll often times wake up AFTER 4pm and have a complete panic attack because ugh it’s already pretty much midnight and ugh my photos are going to be super shadowy and ugh I’m groggy and ugh why didn’t the Civil Wars invite me to sing on their new album and ugh my Black Widow story was better, huh?

Self-esteem camp?

Okay.

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Mediterranean stuffed squash!

Boom, you guys. These are going to trip your face up. There’s so much texture going on in here, and you can’t go wrong with the cinnamon/raisin flavor party. Not to mention the feta crumbles nestled in for extra excitement. And the chickpeas all throwing their little protein arms around. And the lightly toasted almonds for crunch crunch crunch.

See the two cheeseless ones? Yeah, husband.

We should start a support group for my fragility. Maybe link a PayPal account to it.

WHAT I’M JUST SAYIN’.

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Open wide.

Mediterranean Stuffed Squash:

What it took for 8 boats:

* 2 medium squashes, split lengthwise and seeds scooped
* 2 medium zucchinis, split lengthwise and seeds scooped
* 1 pound ground turkey
* 1/2 cup diced white onion
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 Tbs. cumin
* 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 cup golden raisins
* 1/2 cup parsley, plus more for garnish
* 1/2 cup chopped almonds
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Bring a large sauté pan to a medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and brown all over, 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin. Stir a minute.

Add the chickpeas, raisins, parsley and almonds. Add a little water to keep it from getting dry. Taste it. Maybe a little more salt? OH a little more cinnamon? You devil, you.

Arrange the zucchini and squash boats on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon each boat with the turkey filling. Finish by nestling the feta crumbles in with the mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the squash has softened and cheese is starting to lightly brown.

Garnish with more parsley and serve!

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Black Widow sold separately.

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22 Responses to Mediterranean Stuffed Squash

  1. dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 14, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    i love the texturessss here

  2. Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 14, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    These sound so tasty!

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 14, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Fist pump for 12 hour naps!!! I heart this dish, so bad.

  4. Ruthy @ Omeletta August 14, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Yeah for stuffed squash! And I feel ya on the waning light of late summer. It’s starting to change just as I was getting used to taking lazy food photos whenever my little heart desires! But keep on your naps, girl- you need that energy!

  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog August 14, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I never spell Mediterranean right on the first try. I think your accomplishment deserves a cookie. And, spiders! Those 8-legged beasts are no joke. My parents have a lime green stripped beast attached to there garage. I can’t look at it without my breath catching. Gross! These squash boats look so good.

  6. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 14, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Love, love, love me some stuffed squash!

  7. Tieghan August 14, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Love these! Feta make everything better! Holy YUM!

  8. Sues August 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Perfect summer dish!! And Mediterranean is SO difficult (but I just spelled it right, too, without peeking.. Yay!)

  9. Heather August 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I can’t believe she found a black widow. I WOULD DIE. When we lived in Colorado we found a black widow outside of the office I worked in and one of the guys thought it would be SUCH a great idea to keep it in a glass jar on his desk.

    I totally couldn’t even work that day. WORST.

  10. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    That gives me chills up my spine thinking about a black widow. My house is kind of infested with spiders but they’re the harmless kind so I feel bad killing them! I wish I could just tell them, “Listen, things are getting a little crowded in here so half of you are just going to have to pack up your webs and find a new home, k?” and that they would understand me.

    I bet growing twins really is exhausting! Take as many naps as you need- you’re pictures will still look great.

    I love Mediterranean flavors and this recipe looks scrumptious!

  11. Kim @ AdventuresInANew(ish)CIty August 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I can never spell Caribbean or Mediterranean. Or Commitment. Ever.

    And this morning I was leaving for work, and I was saying goodbye to my still-sleeping boyfriend, when in the middle of “Have a great day honey,” I screamed “THERE’S A BUG CRAWLING RIGHT BY YOUR HEAD!!” I obviously scared the living bejeezus out of him, and he flew out of bed. It was just a silly little no-nonsense bug (as opposed to the full-of-sense bugs), but my reaction was of black widow proportions. I hope that was the last of any black widow sightings for your sis!

  12. DessertForTwo August 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I think your photos are exceptionally gorgeous today. Season changes look good on you!

    PS I used to work around black widows daily. It freaked me the frack out!

  13. Aggie August 15, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    I’m ignoring the black widow story.

    I am obsessed with stuffing zucchini right now! These sound amazing. I’m all over it!

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 15, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    These look daaaang good! Yum!

  15. aida mollenkamp August 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Ha, I’m totally stealing the ‘Embers thing! hilarious!

  16. Nutmeg Nanny August 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Oh yum!! Stuffed squash is one of my favorite dishes :) this recipe is fantastic!

  17. katie September 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    I made these tonight. They were delicious and nutritious. I used chicken instead of turkey because that was the only organic option. Loved the flavors and textures! Thanks, Bev.

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