"Ricotta"-Stuffed Delicata

1 - 2 Small Delicata Squash (Depending on the size of the squashes and how full you stuff them)

10 Ounces Super-Firm or Pressed Tofu*

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk

1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/2 Cup Diced Cremini or Button Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach, Thawed and Thoroughly Drained

1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley (Leaves Only), Chopped

1/4 Cup Pine Nuts or Chopped Cashews, Divided

*You can start with 1 pound of extra firm tofu and press for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once the extra water has been drained off, it should be around the same weight (but it's not critical if it's slightly over or under.)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking dish with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Set aside.

Slice your squash in half either lengthwise or width-wise, and use a thin metal spoon to scrape out the seeds and guts. Cut a small sliver off the bottoms of each half so that they can sit in the pan without falling or sliding. Arrange in your baking dish so that there's plenty of space between them.

In your food processor, place the tofu, non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic and onion powder. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is mostly smooth and creamy, but still with a bit of texture. No need to go crazy here. Fold in the chopped mushrooms, spinach, parsley, and about 3 tablespoons of the pine nuts or cashews until well combined.

Spoon the "ricotta" mixture into your delicata as desired, and top with the remaining nuts. Lightly spritz or brush the exteriors of the squash all over with olive oil, and pop them into the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the squash are fork-tender.

Makes 2 - 4 Servings

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