(Healthy) Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Gem Sqaush

stuffed gem squash

This past Sunday, I was at my parent’s house in good old beautiful Hermanus for the Whale Festival – so my mom and I were doing our usual prep for the braai that afternoon. As you know – we are regular “braaiers” and run on well-oiled wheels when it comes to this. The problem though, is the comfort zone “rut”. You know – making the same salad, same veggies, with the same boring rolls and meat EVERY WEEK. At least I can do this with my eyes closed since birth…but sometimes I feel like something a little different. So I decided to mix it up and make cheesy stuffed gem squash!

Background story: I love them! My mom always used to make them with a little butter and sweetcorn which was simply DEVINE! So simple – yet absolutely delicious!

However, for the purpose of – you know “health” and all – I decided to stuff them with a better alternative: healthy veggies and black beans, and instead of butter à reduced fat cheese! Sounds good yet?

Furthermore, gem squash is a fantastic healthy carbohydrate substitute as it only contains 25 calories per 100g (or 1 cup)! Plus – it is low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol and high in nutrients and  vitamins like Vit A, C and K. Whoop whoop!


stuffed gem squash


How to make Stuffed Gem Squash


The Stuffing Mixture = Raw corn, black beans, and chopped peppers

(Equal Ratios)

Add seasoning and 1/4 tsp dried chili flakes (optional).

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Gem Squash Halves – seasoned and a TINY knob of butter (optional)

Into the oven @ 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Add Stuffing 

Add stuffing – then back into the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove and add grated cheese – and back into oven until cheese has melted (5-10 min)

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Cheese Melted – DONE!

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