This Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa recipe has some flexibility.
If you’re not a big fan of raisins or cherries, you could swap those for dried apricots or dates. Just make sure to read the labels to make sure they are acceptable substitutions.
You could even use brown rice to stuff your squash and make the rice more savory with your spice selections.
Preparing and Baking
Your first task is to cook the squash and it’s a rather easy process. Just preheat your oven to 350°. Take your acorn squash and with a knife, poke a few holes through the skin. Place in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes. This will help soften and make it easier to cut.
Cut the squash in half and proceed to remove the seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30-45 minutes. Once it’s fork tender, remove from the oven.
In the meantime, cook the other ingredients separately. Start by sauteing onions in water instead of oil. Add your spices and when your squash is done, it will be ready to stuff. You’ll also prepare your cooked quinoa.
Have a look at a few more Quinoa inspired recipes:
- Quinoa Superfood Salad
- Creamy Mushroom Quinoa Soup
- Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
- Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf
After you’ve removed the acorn squash from the oven and it has cooled enough to handle, scoop out some squash, chop and add to the seasoned onion. Continue by adding in the cooked quinoa, raisins and nuts.
After you stuff them you’ll need to cover and bake again. Cover the stuffed squash with foil and bake up to 30 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
Not many people add acorn squash to their recurring menu. Maybe they think it’s too difficult to prepare or find in stores but it’s actually quite simple. Besides tasting delicious, they are loaded with benefits for your body.
If you’re new to cooking with acorn squash you may not be sure how to select a ripe squash. I have included a video that shows how to pick ripe squash. Additionally, because the exterior of an acorn squash is so hard, you will need to be extra careful.
Here is a great video that shows you how to cut an acorn squash, this will come in handy if you use it for other recipes that require slices.
You don’t have to make the squash your “main dish,” it works perfectly nicely as an accompanying side dish too.
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This recipe is Certified Plantricious
because it meets the following guidelines.
The Trusted Seal for
- Must be whole food plant-based, contains no animal products
- May be minimally processed
- No added oil
- No added sugars
- No artificial additives or preservatives
- Sodium (mg) to Calories ratio, 1 ≤ 1
- Total Fiber to Calories, 2g ≥ 100 calories
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa
- 2 acorn squash
- 1/2 cup quinoa cooked to package directions
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 large yellow onion chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins or dried cherries (no oil added, Trader Joe’s has these)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Poke the squash in a few places with a knife and microwave for 3-4 minutes to help soften for cutting.
- Then, cut the squash in half, remove seeds, and place on upside down on a parchment-lined (or lightly oil-sprayed) baking dish and bake for about 30-45 minutes, depending on size.
- Make sure squash is tender to the fork upon removal.
- Saute onion in 1/8 cup water until translucent and soft. Add spices.
- When the squash is soft and cool enough to handle, scoop out a little of it around the edges, rough chop, and add to the onion in the pan.
- Then add cooked quinoa, raisins, nuts and spices and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Scoop mixture into the center of the squash and pile up.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes to heat through.