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Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Embrace the essence of Thanksgiving with this delightful Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash. Packed with wholesome ingredients, this dish not only caters to your taste buds but also aligns with a healthy lifestyle. The combination of flavors and textures will leave you and your guests satisfied and nourished.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes

Yields: 4 servings



  1. 2 acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed

  2. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  3. 2 cups vegetable broth

  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil

  5. 1 onion, finely chopped

  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced

  7. 1 celery stalk, finely chopped

  8. 1 carrot, finely chopped

  9. 1 apple, diced

  10. 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  11. 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

  12. 1 teaspoon dried sage

  13. 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  14. Salt and pepper to taste

  15. Fresh parsley for garnish



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Place the acorn squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side up. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the squash is tender.

  3. While the squash is roasting, rinse the quinoa under cold water. In a saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

  4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.

  5. Add the diced apple, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir in the cooked quinoa and mix well.

  6. Once the acorn squashes are done roasting, stuff each half with the quinoa mixture.

  7. Place the stuffed squashes back in the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the top to get a slightly crispy texture.

  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley.


Serve these quinoa-stuffed acorn squashes as a wholesome and festive Thanksgiving dish that everyone will enjoy!


Crunchy Mama Tip: Elevate your dining experience by complementing this dish with the robust flavors of our Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Soup with White Beans—an excellent source of added protein. Enhance your meal further with a delightful side of our Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. Finally, indulge in the perfect sweet conclusion with our decadent Avocado Chocolate Mousse. Your taste buds will thank you for this exquisite combination.


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