Guest Post: Happy Hemp Stuffed Acorn Squash
After yesterday's rant, I have arrived at Tree of Life in the middle of no where, surrounded by rocks and desert, fresh air, live foods, and beautiful souls. This is just what I needed. Some time to recharge, get my own health on track, and use this opportunity away from the city to self-reflect. I love this stuff!
Happy holidays to everyone!! I'm thankful for so many things including all of you!!
I wanted to share a lovely autumn recipe from the Happy Hemp Seeds gal Tara with you today. I love me some winter squash and stuffing it couldn't make me more happy. Enjoy!
Hemp seed is an ancient superfood with life-altering benefits. Often touted as "the most nutritionally complete food source in the world," hemp seeds are vegan and gluten-free, and boast nature's highest botanical source of essential fatty acid (more than flax or any other nut or seed oil), a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. Hemp seeds have been proven to reduce bad cholesterol levels and alleviate dermatitis while improving the immune system, physical strength and agility, hair luster, the functionality of the liver and pancreas, and even contribute to weight loss. Hemp seeds can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet either as a satisfying snack on its own, a topping for yogurt or cereal, or incorporated into a healthy recipe.
Happy Hemp Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, in pieces
1/4 cup Happy Hemp
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ginger, grounded
1/4 teaspoon cloves, grounded
1 Tablespoon margarine (Earth Balance or coconut oil is an option)
1/2 cup brown and 1/2 cup wild rice to make one cup
2 cups water
1. After cleaning the squash, cut in half along its length (top to bottom) and scoop out the seeds.
2. Boil water in a covered cooking pot on the stove top. Add to seasonings, margarine and rice. Cover and reduce temperature to a simmer.
3. Add raisins and onions. Simmer until all water is absorbed into the rice.
4. Remove from heat and mix thoroughly. Let stand 10 minutes.
5. Add walnuts and Happy Hemp to rice mix together.
6. Stuff the squash halves with the rice mixture and lightly drizzle olive oil over top.
7. Bake in a covered roasting pan at 350 for about 1 hour, or until the squash is tender.
Tara Miko Grayless, founder and owner of Happy Hemp, believes the secret to happiness is to follow your heart. After working in a decade in the fashion industry, Tara Miko decided it was time to re-evaluate the life she was living and find a new career that nurtured her desire to inspire and ultimately create happiness for herself and others.
With a passion for happiness, Tara Miko surrounds herself with people and things that make her laugh and smile. She hopes to inspire people to eat healthy, live healthy, be in the moment and true to themselves. When she is not running Happy Hemp, Tara Miko enjoys practicing yoga, hiking with her pups Oliver and Moka, and cooking and hosting dinner parties for her friends and family.