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2 lb butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeded3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 large red onion, finely chopped1 clove garlic, minced2 Tbsp water1 Tbsp tomato paste1 cup instant or parboiled brown rice1 ¾ cup water or 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth½ cup white wine½ cup chopped fennel fronds (see Ingredient Note)1 tsp salt pinch of cinnamon freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Grate the squash through the large holes of a box grater.

2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly colored, 10 to 12 minutes. Combine 2 tablespoons water and tomato paste in a small bowl and stir it into the pan. Add rice and stir to coat. Add the squash, in batches if necessary, and stir until it has reduced in volume enough so that you can cover the pan.

3. Increase the heat to medium-high, pour in 1 3/4 cups water (or broth) and wine, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, stirring once or twice, until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and the squash is tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Add fennel fronds, oregano, salt, cinnamon and pepper; gently stir to combine. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Ingredient note: Fennel “fronds” are the feathery tops on fennel bulbs. Look for fresh fennel bulbs—with their fronds still attached—in the produce section. The fronds look similar to fresh dill and have a mild licorice flavor. You’ll need to buy one large or two smaller bulbs of fennel to have enough fronds to make 1/2 cup chopped.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 8 Total

  • Calories 152 9%
  • Calories from fat 54 13%
  • Total Fat 6gm 7%
  • Sodium 302mg 16%
  • Total Carbohydrates 21gm
  • Fiber 4gm
  • Protein 2gm

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Side Dish, Dinner, Gluten Free, Healthy, High Fiber, Low Cholesterol, Vegetable, Rice, Tomato, Mediterranean, Greek, Easy, Christmas, Thanksgiving

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