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.
Save ½ the can of tomatoes & combine the rest of the cans in a large bowl. Add the salsa & cheese (grated).
Grease (or spray with Pam) a large round casserole dish approximately the diameter of the tortillas & lay down the first tortilla. Spoon a layer of mix & repeat the layering until you are out of mix. Add the last tortilla & the reserved tomatoes & some more cheese, if you like.
Cook for 45 minutes at 350°F. Slice into 8 pieces & serve.
Chef’s Note: Ounce measurements are estimated. Basically just use one can of each of the ingredients. Calories are higher than I thought for this, as the olives add minimal volume & lots of calories from fat. Call it 375 calories if divided in 8, 500 if by 6. Use whole wheat tortillas, skip the olives, & use low fat cheese & this might be healthy.