If you want a delicious dinner for less than $5 per person (with leftovers), make this.
This meal comes together in about 15 minutes and cost me $5 total to make (but I had all the spices, butter and salsa on hand already so I didn’t buy those).
It serves 2 and there’s plenty of curried chickpeas leftover for lunch the next day, Simply make some rice and serve the chickpeas over that or stuff them into a baked potato.
You can also buy two acorn squashes and stuff those and this will serve 4.
The nutty chickpeas, spicy curry, and crunchy green pepper and were a beautiful contrast to the sweet, tender acorn squash flesh.
It was cheap, quick, filling, delicious and healthy. This dish is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C, A, and B.
I hope you enjoy it
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Curried Chickpeas (Quick and Economical)
1 acorn squash
2 tablespoons butter, plus 2 teaspoons
1 medium red onion
1 green bell pepper
1 ¼ teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (15-ounce) can of chickpeas, drained
½ cup salsa
Cut acorn squash in half and scrape out the seeds. Stab the flesh several times with a sharp knife. Season with salt and pepper and place 1 teaspoon of butter in the cavity of each half. Place in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water on the bottom. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.
While that microwaves, chop onion and bell pepper and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil. When hot, add onion and cook 3 minutes. Then add green bell pepper and chickpeas and cook 4 minutes. Add salsa and heat through.
When squash is done, remove it carefully and peel back the plastic wrap carefully being sure not to put your hand in front of the steam.
Stuff each squash with curried chickpea mixture and serve.