Soil Association partner farm Riverford has created this delicious organic recipe – perfect for Organic September. Either stuff a whole squash with the chilli, or dice and roast the squash and add it to the chilli. The latter opens up a whole variety of serving suggestions: eat it with rice or in a baked potato; top it with a dollop of soured cream, some spicy tomato salsa or some guacamole; stuff it in a taco with some grated cheese; or spread it over a tortilla. If you are stuffing the squash you will need to use one that is a suitable size and will hold its shape when cooked, such as onion squash.
- Heat the oven to 180°C, Fan Oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4.
- If stuffing a whole squash, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, or cut it into chunks for roasting. Roast, drizzled in olive oil, until cooked through and starting to colour.
- For the chilli, heat the oil in a large heavy pan over a medium–high heat. Add the onion and celery. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the peppers and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute. Add the chilli, 1–2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, the herbs and cumin. Give everything a good mix then add the tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves, stir in the lime juice and coriander and adjust the seasoning to taste.
- If using roast squash, add it now, heat through, and then serve. If stuffing a whole squash, fill each roasted squash half with the filling mixture.
- Top with grated cheese or soured cream (or both), if you like.
The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. We now deliver around 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from our regional farms. Find more about Riverford and order their organic veg box on www.riverford.co.uk
For a selection of delicious organic recipes from some of the UK’s best chefs visit: www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-recipes/