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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
50 mins
Total time
1 hours 0 mins


  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup of water or vegetable broth
  • 2 to 4 acorn squash (if you're using small squash then you'll want 3-4 of them to be able to fit all of the quinoa)
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of diced celery (1 stalk of celery)
  • 1 cup of diced zucchini (1 small zucchini)
  • ½ cup of diced apple (½ of an apple)
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Cook the quinoa by combining the dry quinoa and water (or vegetable broth) in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off, leave the lid on, and let the quinoa sit on the stove for another 5 to 7 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and set aside. Or you can use already cooked quinoa - it should be 1.5 cups of cooked quinoa.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut each squash in half. Find one of the squash ridges (lines) to cut into. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds & membranes. If needed, cut a thin slice off the bottom of each squash so that the squash halves can stand up on its own. 
  4. Place the squash halves on the baking sheets, cut-side up. Rub 1 tbsp of olive oil on the insides of the squash (or use olive oil spray). Add salt & pepper to taste. Put baking sheet in oven. Bake for about 35 minutes.
  5. While the squash is cooking, make the quinoa veggie mixture. On medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil to a pan. Add the diced celery, zucchini, and apple. Saute & stir together for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
  6. Add the sage, thyme, cinnamon, and salt & pepper to taste. Saute for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from heat. Add the cooked quinoa. Mix together. 
  8. Remove the squash from the oven. Add the quinoa mixture to the squash halves. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Bring oven temperature down to 350 degrees, and bake for another 5 minutes. 
  9. Serve warm, and can add more parmesan on top. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for a few days. 
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Gluten-free Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
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