Squash season is in full swing and we love experimenting with different varieties and adding them to our weekly rotation. Turn acorn squash into an edible bowl with this nutrient-packed recipe that’s vegetarian-friendly and perfect for when you’re craving a comforting meal. Prep the filling ahead of time for easy assembly.

Nutrition Tip: Quinoa has been eaten for thousands of years. Though some people think of it as a grain, it’s really a seed. Unlike most plant foods, it’s also a complete protein.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Grace Vilches
Squash season is in full swing and we love experimenting with different varieties and adding them to our weekly rotation. Turn acorn squash into an edible bowl with this nutrient-packed recipe that’s vegetarian-friendly and perfect for when you’re craving a comforting meal. Prep the filling ahead of time for easy assembly.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Entree & Main Dishes
Servings 4
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 pear peeled, diced
  • 1 persimmon diced (if available)
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded gouda cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Brush with 1 tsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and bake 30-40 minutes, or until soft.
  • While squash is baking, heat 1 tsp. olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add celery, pear, persimmon and onion cook 10 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  • Add cooked quinoa, maple syrup and lemon juice to sauce pan and stir 2-3 minutes.
  • Scoop mixture into baked acorn squash halves. Top with cheese and bake additional 7-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 7gFat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 88mgFiber: 7gSugar: 11g
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