Credit: This recipe was created by Jennifer Irvine, the founder of healthy meal delivery services The Pure Package and Balance Box. This recipe is from Jennifer’s book, The Diet For Food Lovers. Available on Amazon (The Orion Publishing Group). Jean Cazals Photography.

Jennifer says: "It’s a perfect colourful meal on a cold day. The beauty of it is that you can customise your stuffing. This one is big on flavour."


  • 2 small butternut squash, about 500g each
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 280g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped in half
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 200g feta cheese, lightly crumbled
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 520g fine green beans, trimmed


Prepare the butternut squash by cutting them in half lengthways and scooping out the seeds with a spoon. Place the squash on a non-stick baking tray and roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes or until the butternut is soft, cooked through and has a slightly coloured surface.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Add the onions and sweat over a low heat for 4-5 minutes until they are soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, crumbled feta, basil and cooked onion together.

Remove the butternut squash from the oven and scoop out most of the flesh s there is space for the filling. (Reserve the flesh for future use.) Fill the squash with the stuffing mixture, then return to the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Steam the beans over a pan of boiling water for 4-5 minutes until tender. Remember to keep the bite.

Remove the butternut squash from the oven and serve immediately with the green beans.

About The Pure Package:

Perfect if you are London based, whatever the time frame or goal – from losing weight or supporting fitness or staying healthy during pregnancy and beyond – the expert team works with you every step of the way to create a Healthy diet plan that makes healthy eating fit into life more easily than ever before. With almost 20 years of experience, they are London’s most trustworthy authority when it comes to healthy food delivery gourmet meals.

About Balance Box:

Nationally available, these Rejuvenating Balance Boxes are here to help regain balance. Delivering all daily meals direct to the door, there’s no need to plan, shop, chop or cook!

Designed by a team of expert chefs and nutritionists they help you the clients to lose or maintain weight the easy (and tasty) way with a choice of portion sizes to help achieve goals.