If you prefer the soup to be 100% Vegetarian, you can substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. I prefer to serve with toasted sourdough. A swirl of cream will make this look nicer and taste richer.
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the acorn squash in half, remove the seeds & clean out the center. Add salt & pepper to the flesh of the squash & place 1 tbsp of butter into the cavity of each squash half. 2. Once the oven is ready, place the squash flesh side up on a baking sheet or casserole dish & bake for 45 minutes. 3. Put the quinoa into a bowl or container & fill it with water until the quinoa is covered. Set aside. 4. Remove the stalks from the kale & discard them. Rough chop the kale leaves & place into a skillet over medium heat along with 1 tbsp of butter. Add salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper to taste & saute until the kale is dark green & wilted, approximately 5-10 minutes. 5. Drain the water from the quinoa. Pour 1 c. of water in a pot, salt the water liberally & bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the quinoa & kale, stirring together. Place a cover on the pot & reduce the heat to low. 6. Remove the squash from the oven. Spoon the quinoa & kale mixture into the cavity of each squash half & serve.
Chef’s Note: Spinach can be substituted for kale if desired.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" square pan with olive oil. Set aside.
Place the honey in a large glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny & just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add cocoa & stir with a fork until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. Whisk until well combined.
In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, egg, & vanilla. Whisk together until well blended. Add honey, cocoa mixture & whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture & stir until no traces of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until the surface looks dry around the edges of the pan & a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Place the pan on a cooling rack & let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares.
Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Crystal & Nicole Say: The original recipe was from the South Beach diet and called for 1 oz. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spray & 1 oz. Land ‘O Lakes Gourmet Fat-Free Half & Half. We tweaked it to what we had & our tastes.