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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add cooked quinoa, maple syrup and lemon juice to sauce pan and stir 2-3 minutes.
  5. Scoop mixture into baked acorn squash halves. Top with cheese and bake additional 7-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 7g

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Grace Vilches

With a passion for healthy eating and digital marketing, Grace found her perfect match with the Produce for Kids team. A south Florida native, Grace grew up in Miami surrounded by delicious Cuban food and a love for family. Grace is the Produce for Kids in-house video production guru working to bring partner’s products and brands to life. You will often see Grace on the Produce for Kids Instagram Story sharing the latest food trends, news on the latest Produce for Kids promotions and meal prep ideas. When she’s not working she’s looking for the newest foodie spots with her husband and mini Australian shepherd, Ollie.

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