Orange Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecans

[ 16 ] January 14, 2013 |

Orange Quinoa Acorn Squash

Seasonal acorn squash stuffed with quinoa. pecans and cranberries is my idea of a healthy vegetarian meal. This recipe for orange quinoa stuffed acorn squash is easy to prepare and a real feast. I love the sweetness of the squash and the nuttiness of the quinoa.

Quinoa is addictively delicious.  Quinoa is usually treated like a grain or starch, cooking up like rice or pasta in a fraction of the time.

Orange Quinoa Acorn Squash

Choose squash that are heavy for their size and have a hard, deep-colored rind free of blemishes or moldy spots.

Orange Quinoa Acorn Squash

Once the seeds are removed, winter squash can be baked, steamed or simmered.

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  • 2 small acorn squashes, halved length-wise, seeds removed
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Rub squash flesh with 3 tablespoons oil and place face up on baking sheet. Roast 30-35 minutes or until flesh is easily pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in saucepan bring broth and orange juice to a boil; stir in quinoa, lower heat and simmer, covered until ready. When quinoa is done cooking, turn off heat.
  3. In medium pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and sauté an additional 1 minute.
  4. Add onion mixture, cranberries and pecans to cooked quinoa and toss until combined; add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Fill each squash half with quinoa mixture. Drizzle with a bit of maple syrup before serving, if desired.

Orange Quinoa Acorn Squash

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Category: Healthy Choices, Main Dishes, Recipe Index, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

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  1. Cat says:

    What happened to your “save recipe” button? I was able to save recipes in the past but now I can only print it?

    • Marie Poulin Marie Poulin says:

      Cat, we redesign my blog and change the plug in for the recipes. I did send a request to my web designer this morning to find out if we can add another “save button”! Sorry for the inconvenient.Thanks Marie

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for your beautiful blog! I’ve already flagged several recipes and look forward to trying them. I love how healthy they are.

    Thanks again,

  3. Anita says:

    Looks beautiful!

  4. Cat says:

    Made it for the first time today as is. Delicious and I love how it fills you up without making you feel heavy afterwards. Thanks for sharing the recipe Marie. Look forward to trying out more recipes from your blog. :)

  5. Ana says:

    I made this dish today. It was wonderful. My whole family loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Steve says:

    My wife came across your recipe and we tired last night, it was wonderful a big hit at the dinner table. Would you mind if I re-blogged to my site using your pictures.

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