- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2012

The key to ensuring dinner is both substantial and healthy? Fiber.

Adding plenty of whole grains and vegetables not only provides piles of nutrients, it also fills you up and keeps you full for long after the meal has finished. These foods also tend to be lower in calories, which means you can load up without getting weighed down.

This one-dish meal is rich in savory flavors thanks to a blend of meat, mushrooms and cheese, as well as plenty of fiber from the farro.

The flavors of the stuffing combine with the sweetness of acorn squash and fresh, bright citrus and herbs to create a meal that will feel less like you’re leaving something out and more like you’re indulging in something hearty.

Farro is an ancient variety of wheat common in Italian and Middle Eastern cooking. It usually is sold par-cooked to make it quick-cooking, so be sure to check your package’s instructions to determine the appropriate prep time.

FARRO-AND-MUSHROOM-STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

Start to finish: 50 minutes

Servings: 4

1 large acorn squash (about 1½ pounds)

½ cup farro

8 ounces mixed mushrooms, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 shallots, chopped

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