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S-G OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. ONSITE OFFICES & IMPORTANT NUMBERS

ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Associa® Principal Management Group of Houston

(PMG) has been contracted by the Board of Directors

to manage the day-to-day activities of the community.

Principal Management Group of Houston

11000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 150

Houston, TX 77041 | 713-329-7100

TO CONTACT THE BOARD:

In order to contact the community’s Board of Directors

or if residents have concerns, questions about their

account or deed restriction violations to report,

please send in a request through TownSq or put the

information in writing and send via email to your

onsite office, stonegaterec@att.net.

STONE GATE ONSITE OFFICE:

11655 Canyon Green Dr., Houston, TX 77095

PH: 832-653-3763 Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Email: stonegaterec@att.net

General Manager - Krystal Vigil

Asst. Manager - Jennifer Hidalgo

ACC REQUESTS: stonegaterec@att.net

SG SPLASHPAD TEXAS (SGSP)

9901 Red Rugosa, Houston, TX 77095

PH: 832-653-3763 Email: stonegaterec@att.net

Please visit or contact the on-site office for assistance.

GATE ATTENDANTS

11755 Canyon Green Dr 281-256-3620

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SCHOOLS:

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Birkes Elementary School 281-345-3300

Lamkin Elementary School 281-897-4775

Postma Elementary School 281-345-3660

Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303

Aragon Middle School 281-856-5100

Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660

Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645

Cy-Ranch High School 281-373-2300

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

President - Tu-Anh Connelly (Term Expires: 1/2024)

Vice President - Stephanie Wade (Term Expires: 1/2023)

Treasurer - Wendy Ray (Term Expires: 1/2024)

Secretary - Larry Connelly (Term Expires: 1/2023)

Director - Chuck Detwiler III (Term Expires: 1/2022)

WEBSITE: WWW.STONEGATETXHOA.COM

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YOUR HOA HAS BEEN

HARD AT WORK!

• All gates are now closed. Each gated section received a new

callbox, Transcore reader, and safety loops. For the sections with

the old callbox monument or gooseneck, we will be transferring

the new callboxes to the new callbox monuments. While the

transfer is in progress, the gates in the affected section will be

open until the transfer is completed. Once the transfer is complete

the old monument or gooseneck stand will be removed, gate

equipment will be tested to ensure it is operational and the gates

will be closed.

• CFISD buses have been entered into the new callbox so they can

open the gates automatically. Gates are now closed 24 hours a

day, seven days a week.

Cameras are being installed throughout the community at

common areas and gates

• The HOA approved adding new streetlights on Queenston,

Tuckerton, Cypress North Houston, Island Shores Circle, and

Bakers Village. The HOA maintained streetlights at Mallory Bridge

and Danbury Bridge will be replaced with Centerpoint maintained

streetlights.

• Faded gate signs have been replaced with new signs.

• Tennis courts at the clubhouse and Splash Pad will be resurfaced.

New pickleball lines will be painted on one court at each location.

New, brighter LED lights have been installed.

• The HOA is pressure washing sidewalks and brick walls

throughout the community.

• Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been given access to

the Splash Pad building as a rest area. The building has restrooms,

kitchen, and an office for deputies.

• The HOA is transitioning the Architectural Control Committee to

residents. Currently board members are on the committee.

REMEMBER TO TRIM YOUR TREES

Residents, please trim your street trees to ensure no branches are

lower than 14 feet from the street and 8 feet from the sidewalk.

CFISD has contacted the HOA and said low branches are damaging

buses. Low branches impede your neighbors from using sidewalks.

NEW GENERAL MANAGER AND PHONE

The Board of Directors are hard at work and cannot wait to share

the details of all of the exciting improvements being made in our

community! Until then please note we have hired a new General

Manager named Krystal Vigil and onsite staff who cannot wait to

serve our amazing residents. We will formally announce the new

team as soon as they are all on Board. The Social Committee is

planning a Meet & Greet so you can stop by and welcome the new

staff and Board of Directors. Stay tuned for the event details.

In addition to a new staff, the onsite office also has a new phone

number. Please delete all other phone numbers you have saved

for our onsite office and use the following number to reach our

new onsite team: 832-653-3763. They can also be reached via

email at stonegaterec@att.net, but the best way to reach them is

on TownSq.

Warm Regards,

The Board of Directors, S-G Owners Association, Inc.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

ONSITE OFFICES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

We are practicing extreme caution for the safety of our residents

and staff by limiting the amount of visitors we receive at the onsite

offices. There are many things that can be resolved via email, but

we understand there are some things you may need to visit the

office to resolve. If you would like to visit the onsite office, please

email your Onsite Manager to schedule an appointment.

Stone Gate stonegaterec@att.net

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

November 2021 | S-G Owners Association, Inc.


HOW TO CONTACT HOA

The Board of Directors are hard at work and cannot wait to

share the details of all of the exciting improvements being

made in our community! Until then please note we have

hired a new General Manager named Krystal Vigil and onsite

staff who cannot wait to serve our amazing residents. We will

formally announce the new team as soon as they are all on

Board. The Social Committee is planning a Meet & Greet so you

can stop by and welcome the new staff and Board of Directors.

Stay tuned for the event details. In addition to a new staff, the

onsite office also has a new phone number. Please delete all

other phone numbers you have saved for our onsite office and

use the following number to reach our new onsite team: 832-

653-3763. They can also be reached via email at stonegaterec@

att.net, but the best way to reach them is on TownSq.

STONE GATE HOA NEW WEBSITE

www.stonegatetxhoa.com

The HOA has a new website. Documents and maps are easily

accessible. Please register for access.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 11TH • 12-4 PM

STERLING GOLF CLUB AND

THE FIELD ACROSS FROM

GINGERBREAD HOUSES

Let's get into the holiday spirit! Come by

the clubhouse, 11655 Canyon Green Drive,

from 9 am to 5 pm on November 13th

and pick up a gingerbread house. One

kit per household. Please bring a driver's

license, bill, or other documentation to

show proof of residency in Stone Gate.

Please send us pictures of your decorated

gingerbread house. We'll showcase your

houses on our website, TownSq and the

Stone Gate Resident’s Facebook page.

STERLING GOLF

Santa is coming to Stone Gate!

Please join us for our annual

with

Cookies with Santa event at

Sterling Golf, 16500 Houston

National Blvd, on December

11th from 12-4 pm. The HOA

will provide cookies, lemonade,

and hot chocolate. After taking

pictures inside the clubhouse with Santa, put on your boots and gloves

and come play in the snow! 40,000 pounds of snow will turn the field

across from Sterling Golf into a Winter Wonderland. A 2-lane 7 foot tall

slide will be brought in to race your family and friends. This will be an

event to remember. Snow much fun!

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for

any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and

the teens and their parents.

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fun Things to do

AROUND TOWN...

11/6

Houston Día de los Muertos Parade

November 6, 2021, 2 PM - 10 PM

Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston

With this heartfelt parade, it is our mission to celebrate

the living and honor our beloved. No matter

who you are, no matter where you are from, we want you to attend

the parade and festival. If there is something we all share is the love

and grief for our family and friends who left us and in this Dia de

los Muertos, we are all one.

11/6

St. Cuthbert Church Sixteenth

Annual International Festival

November 6th, 3-5 PM

St. Cuthbert Church will host the Sixteenth Annual

International Festival on Saturday, November 6 th

from 3-5 PM in the front yard of the church. The International Festival

honors all the different countries, heritages and backgrounds

represented in our very unique and diverse congregation. With

health and safety precautions at the forefront, the Festival includes

food, entertainment and so much more to learn about our world.

St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road, Houston, 77095.

Visit stcuthbert.org for more information. Come experience the

international world of St. Cuthbert and never leave your zip code!

11/11-11/14

Nutcracker Market

Thurs, November 11, 10 AM - 8 PM

Friday, November 12, 10 AM - 8 PM

Saturday, November 13, 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, November 14, 10 AM - 5 PM

NRG Center

https://www.nrgpark.com/events/nutcracker-market-2021/

Whether you are a shopper, committee member, staff member, donor,

volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU

have been an integral part in making this Market the success that it

is. Without your interest, curiosity, passion, dedication, enthusiasm,

generosity, hard work, commitment, and love… the Market simply

wouldn’t be where it is today. Since our inception in 1981, YOU have

helped us contribute over $75.3 million dollars to the Houston Ballet

Foundation in support of its Academy and scholarship programs.

Although saying “Thank You” does not seem to be enough, we are

truly grateful for 40 years of support.

Houston Powwow

November 13th & 14th

11/13-11/14 Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Pkwy

A two day Native American Powwow with colorful

tribal dance contests, and arts & crafts show, tipis,

honoring ceremonies, singing and much more! Presented by the DFW

Inter-Tribal Association. https://tradersvillage.com/houston/events/powwow/

12/12-12/13

11/25

Dickens Market at Cypress Creek

November 12th & 13th, 9 AM - 4 PM

This year’s annual Dickens Market features all types

of vendors from food, crafts, Christmas gifts, books,

and anything else you can think of to check off your

holiday shopping lists. The market also features carolers from the

Cypress Creek Community Chorale and guest elementary school

choirs. In addition, we have raffles for items donated by our vendors.

Raffle tickets are on sale only during the market and winners will be

contacted via phone call after the drawings take place. Winners will

have 24 hours to respond.

The market will take place as long as the pandemic has been contained

and the community center/church reopened to the public.

Please help protect our wonderful vendors and patrons who may be

more vulnerable than you by socially distancing, wearing a mask,

and washing your hands.

YMCA Turkey Dash -

A Community Tradition

November 25th

The Katy Area YMCA’s will host the 19 th Annual

YMCA Turkey Dash to be held at Monty Ballard

YMCA at Cinco Ranch Providing Fitness, Fun and Holiday Fellowship

safely for the Whole Family on Thanksgiving Day, November 25,

2021. The tradition returns for 2021 and we are excited to return

to hosting a live race that will run through the Cinco Ranch

community as in years passed. With four events to choose from,

there’s something for everyone; a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, a 1

mile Kids’ Run and also a Virtual Race option. Live races will be

start and conclude at Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. All

registered race participants will receive a t-shirt with their race

packets and those completing their Live 10k and 5k will receive

a finisher’s medal. Youth participating in the Live 1 Mile Kids’ Run

will receive a kids’ run finisher’s medal. 5,000 participants and

more than 1,500 spectators and volunteers are expected to take

part in this year’s event. Race day highlights include 10K and 5K

awards in age categories, a post race party featuring refreshments,

local businesses, games and a Kids Fun Zone. A runners’ costume

contest will be held with awards for most creative, best theme and

judge’s choice. In addition to completing a good race, participants

have the satisfaction of knowing their race fees go toward a good

cause, the YMCA Be The Change Campaign. This annual fundraiser

ensures that Katy families have access to Y programs and services

regardless of their ability to pay. Interested in participating,

volunteering or becoming a sponsor? Visit https://runsignup.com/

Race/TX/Katy/KatyYMCATurkeyDash, email ymcaturkeydash@

ymcahouston.org or call the YMCA at 281-392-5055

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12/4

12/4-12/5

Fairfield Christmas Market

December 4, 2021, 9 AM - 2 PM

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress

A variety of vendors selling an assortment of products

- perfect for Christmas shopping! Come early, as we hear many of the

vendors often run out of their goods before noon!

Now-

11/28

Texas Renaissance Festival

Weekends, Now - Nov 28 &

Thanksgiving Friday, 9 AM - 8 PM

Since 1974, there has been a magical kingdom

about an hour north of the Houston area, where

guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world

filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves,

pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights.

CFISD Country Christmas Craft Show

December 4th, 9 AM - 5 PM •

December 5th, 10 AM - 4 PM

Cy-Fair ISD Exhibit Center,

11206 Telge Road, Cypress, TX 77429

Dickens on the Strand

December 3-5th, 2021

12/3-12/5

The Strand, Galveston

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century

Victorian London, features parades, non-stop

entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers,

roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers.

Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and

rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired

crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

Jingle All The 5K, 10K, Kids Dash

December 4th, 8 AM - 11 AM

12/4 Energy Corridor District, 777 N. Eldridge Pkwy, Houston

houstonholiday5k.com

Kick-start your holiday festivities and outpace that

mischievous abominable snowmonster with the whole family and join us!

12/6

Holiday Market Expo

December 2nd, 12-4 PM

The Hilton Rooftop, 6633 Travis St, Houston, TX 77081

Come enjoy rooftop vibes with breathtaking panoramic

views of Houston’s skyline. This event will be filled with

great networking opportunities, shopping, great food, entertainment,

resources and some of Houston’s most dedicated community leaders.

12/18

Wreaths Across America

December 18, 2021, 11 AM

Houston National Cemetery,

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston

Come by and take a few minutes to honor a veteran

and see what Wreaths Across America is all about. There is no charge.

For full details visit, https://waahouston.com

12/18

International Food Festival

December 18, 2021, 12 PM - 6 PM

The Zone, 10371 Stella Link, Houston, TX 77025

The Best caterers from around the world! Live

performances, cultural music & dancing, crafts,

clothing, service vendors and more! Free entry with RSVP to www.

texasfoodfest.com. For more info contact Ms. Clara at 832-461-6729.

12/19-12/21

Home For The Holidays

November 19th - 21st, 2021

First Call Friday, 10 AM - 2 PM

General Admission Friday, 2 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM

Leonard. E Merrell Center

6301 S Stadium Ln. Katy, TX, 77494

Three days of fun, holiday shopping is underway with Katy’s largest

gift market! With more than 150 merchants to shop with, you’re sure

to find lots of new, unique, and One-of-A-Kind gifts all in one place to

have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your girlfriends, mom,

or daughter, and come enjoy the fun, while shopping and supporting

some of the cutest shops at Home for the Holidays Gift Market!

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6 GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING BUT COST US LITTLE

by Carl Phillips

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” - Jim Rohn

Whatever the time of year, here are some ideas for gifts we can give that have the potential to improve the lives of those around. Gifts

that keep on giving.

1) Giving the Gift of Our Full Attention. Give the gift of

your full attention to others around you and allow them

the stage they deserve.

2) Giving the Gift of Kindness. There are many ways

we can offer the gift of our kindness. Not expecting

anything in return except maybe the warm feeling we

get from knowing we are doing something good for

someone else.

3) Giving the Gift of Our Time. We can do this by

taking our commitments seriously. By booking in

time with friends and keeping that time free for those

friends. By making time to stop and shoot the breeze

for a while with a neighbor. By taking time out to

spend disconnected from the online world to spend

undistracted with a loved one.

4) Giving the Gift of Judging Less. We’re all human

and sometimes we make mistakes in life. In such times

it can help us all if we can talk to someone that will just

listen without making judgements. Good friends will

do this but we can also extend this gift to others. Judge

less and remember, none of us are perfect.

5) Giving the Gift of a Heartfelt Compliment. Closely

aligned with 1 and 2 on this list, this is also worthy of

its own spot. A well timed and earnest compliment can

have an immediate and positive impact on the recipient.

It shows we have noticed something in others.

6) Giving the Gift of Gratitude. Letting others know

how grateful we are for them being in our lives can

mean a lot. Expressing how we appreciate all they do

for us. How they inspire us or have been there for us in

challenging times. Let others know you are grateful for

them just the way they are.

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10 Cyber Safety

Tips for Black

Friday & Cyber

Monday

More and more people are shopping online, avoiding lines, crowds and

interactions with others, especially in this time of COVID. This has created

the perfect environment for criminals to launch scams, phishing attacks,

and other malicious activities.

The amount of money spent over this cyber weekend is escalating year

after year, and due to the COVID pandemic, it continues to escalate to

staggering numbers. Cybercriminals follow the money, and this weekend

of crazed spending provides them with the perfect opportunity to scam

a large number of people. According to Barclays, nearly a quarter of

18-34-year-olds have fallen for a Black Friday scam in the past five years

and shoppers lose on average $910 after falling victim to such frauds.

With attacks becoming more sophisticated, shoppers need to be extra

cautious when looking for the latest bargains online.

Below are 10 Cyber Safety tips to keep you safe online this Black Friday

and Cyber Monday:

1. Watch Out for Fake Websites

This is one of the most popular ways criminals will try to trick shoppers

into falling for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams. The fraudsters

will clone websites to dupe consumers into thinking they are shopping on

a legitimate site. The website may appear almost identical to the real site;

however, subtle changes can indicate that all is not as it seems.

A web address that ends .com or .co may be changed to a .org, images

may be pixilated, functions on the site may not work properly and the

content will often be sub-standard. It’s always worth double- checking

the address of a site to confirm its authenticity.

2. Only Use Secure Sites

Before entering any information into a website, you should always check

that the site is safe and secure. The first step is to hover your mouse over

the URL and check the validity of the web address. You should look for a

padlock symbol in the address bar and check that the URL begins with a

‘https://’ or ‘shttp://’. The ‘S’ indicates the web address has been encrypted

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and secured with an SSL certificate. Without HTTPS, any data passed on

the site is insecure and could be intercepted by criminal third parties.

However, this system is not totally foolproof. Within the last year, there

has been a significant increase in the number of phishing sites using SSL

certificates. Users are advised to be extra cautious and look for further

evidence that the site is secure. You should check for a website privacy

policy, use a website safety check tool such as Google Safe Browsing, or

do a WHOIS lookup to see who owns the website.

3. Use a Credit Card for Shopping Online

When possible, it’s always best to use a credit card when shopping

online as it offers additional protection over other forms of payment. If a

fraudulent purchase is made on your credit card, there’s a good chance

your bank will reimburse you straight away. However, if a criminal steals

your debit card details, they can clear out your personal account and it

can be more difficult to reclaim the money.

4. Beware of Phishing Emails

Phishing is one of the most popular ways for criminals to steal your

personal information and there is always a massive increase in these types

of scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The speed, convenience and

high return on investment makes phishing one of the easiest ways for

cybercriminals to steal your personal data without you even knowing.

As Cyber Monday approaches, be wary of any emails offering cash prizes

or last-minute deals. These emails are designed to trick shoppers into

clicking on a link which may appear to come from a well-known retailer.

Trust your gut if you think there’s something not right about the email

and delete it immediately.

5. Avoid Deals That Are Too Good to Be True

Black Friday and Cyber Monday feature lots of legitimate deals offered by

trusted and reputable retailers. However, cybercriminals know we’ll be

scouring the web for the cheapest deals and they take advantage of this

by slipping in lots of fake offers.

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your research to find out if the site is credible or go directly to a brand’s

website to determine if the deal is real. It’s always worth remembering

that if an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is!

6. Use Strong Passwords

You’ll have heard it a million times, but creating a strong password really

is one of the easiest ways you can protect yourself from being hacked

online. With so many passwords to remember, it can be tempting to use

the same password for multiple accounts, however, this puts you at great

risk of having your data stolen. If hackers can work out just one of your

passwords, whether it’s a Facebook account or online banking details,

they can potentially access every single account you have.

It’s always best to use a unique username and password for separate online

accounts so that in the unfortunate event of being phished, the attackers

won’t have access to your other online accounts. A great way to create a

longer and more complex password is to use a passphrase. A passphrase

is a sentence like string of words that is memorable to you but difficult for

anyone else to crack. The first letter of each word will form the basis of your

password and letters can be substituted with numbers and symbols to

make it even more secure.

7. Watch Out for Social Media Scams

Social media scams are rife on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The crooks

know that people are going online to specifically look for deals, so they make

it as easy as they can for shoppers to fall for their online scams. Facebook

and Twitter tend to be the favoured choice for these malicious posts and

criminals will ask shoppers to like and share their posts, so they’re boosted

to the top of news feeds and reach a wider audience. Users tend to be more

trusting on social media and it’s often more difficult to determine if a link is

malicious than it would be on a more traditional platform.

8. Avoid Public Wi-Fi When Shopping

Using public Wi-Fi to search for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday

deals could open you up to a range of security risks. Public Wi-Fi requires

no authentication to establish a network connection, allowing fraudsters

direct access to any unsecured devices on the same open network. This

enables hackers to steal valuable information such as login passwords,

credit card info and other personal and financial details.

Unsecured Wi-Fi networks can also be used to spread malware

allowing criminals unrestricted access to everything on your device.

This information can in turn be used to commit identity fraud, or the

information can be sold on to criminal third parties.

9. Ensure All Your Software is Up To Date

Before going online to shop about for the hottest deals, you should

make sure that all your security software is up to date. This will

prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your computer through

vulnerabilities in older and outdated systems. The installation of antivirus

software will also help detect threats on your computer and block

unauthorised users from gaining access.

10. Monitor Bank Statements for Fraudulent Activity

It’s always worth keeping a close eye on bank statements to make sure

there are no unusual transactions on your account. Criminals know that

during Black Friday and Cyber Monday there will be lots of online activity,

so they hope that any unusual debits from your account will go undetected.

Typically, the crooks will make a few initial debits for smaller amounts

then go in for a larger amount which could clean out your bank account.

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Casserole

5 cups bread cubes

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup white sugar, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon margarine,

softened

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Lightly butter an 8x8 inch baking pan. Line bottom of

pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together

eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour

egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand

for 10 minutes. -- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons

sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over

the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50

minutes, until top is golden.

Source: allrecipes.com

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

with Cranberries & Kale

2 medium butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds each

2 teaspoons olive oil divided

3/4 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth

1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped

(about 6 lightly packed cups)

2 cloves garlic minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for roasting squash

1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus additional for roasting squash

1 can low sodium chickpeas (15 ounces), rinsed and drained

Zest of 1 orange plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1/3 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries

Grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese, optional

Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat

the oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the butternut

squash, scoop out the seeds, then arrange the halves

on a baking tray, cut sides up. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon

olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake

45-55 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Reduce the oven

temperature to 375 degrees.

While the squash is baking, place the broth in a small

saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, return

to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer

for 12 minutes, until most of the broth is absorbed.

Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 15

minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive

over medium. Add the kale and cook until wilted,

about 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium

low. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and

1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 30 additional seconds,

until is fragrant. Stir in the chickpeas, orange

zest, orange juice, cooked quinoa, and cranberries.

Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out

the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick border around

the sides and a 3/4-inch border along the bottom.

Reserve the flesh for another use (or if you don’t

mind a super duper stuffed squash, mix it in with the

rest of the filling). Stuff the kale quinoa filling into

the squash halves, then return the squash to the

oven. Bake at 375 degrees until hot, about 10 additional

minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.

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