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Acorn Squash with White Beans and Chard

This was fun because I actually had people over for dinner the night I made this. The nice part is being able to scoop the soft acorn squash meat up with each bite of chard, beans, and kalamata olive. The squash is not just meant as a serving dish, but to be eaten right along with the rest of the food.

2 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper, divided
1/2 cup(s) chopped onion
2 clove(s) garlic, minced
2 tablespoon(s) water
1 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
8 cup(s) (about 1 large bunch chard) chopped chard leaves
1 can(s) (15-ounce) white beans, rinsed
1/4 cup(s) chopped kalamata olives
1/3 cup(s) coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1/3 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese

Cut a small slice off the bottom of each squash half so it rests flat. Brush the insides with 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar-size) microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until the squash is fork-tender, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in water, tomato paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in chard, cover and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in white beans and olives; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat broiler.

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Fill each squash half with about 1 cup of the chard mixture. Place in a baking pan or on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Broil in the center of the oven until the breadcrumbs are browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

Serves 4, Weight Watchers PPV: 7 per serving

From the healthy kitchen of RecFitter Kimberly Lopez. Read more at learningtolovethekitchen.tumblr.com.