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Quinoa and Herb Stuffed Acorn Squash
with yogurt / spinach and apple salad

Active: 50 min Total: 50 min
Stuffed squash is a show-stopping vegetarian entree that can be easily adapted to use whatever you have on hand. We like the combination of flavors and textures in this filling of quinoa, goat cheese and pecans.
Smarts: Every squash is a bit different, so you may have extra filling. Pack any extra filling in a ramekin or other oven-safe dish and bake it alongside the squash. Serve the quinoa filling alongside the dish or save it for lunch later in the week.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Quinoa and Herb Stuffed Acorn Squash:
  • Pecans - 2 oz, chopped
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Acorn squash, small - 2, halved
  • Cheese, goat - 4 oz, crumbled (sub feta or grated cheddar)
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup
Quinoa (for 2 nights):
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 1 1/2 cups
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
Spinach and Apple Salad:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 4 Tbsp
  • Apples, any variety - 1, sliced
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz

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Prep

  1. Cook quinoa - (Makes enough for 2 nights.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Pecans - Chop pecans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Prepare squash for roasting by slicing 1/2" / 1.3cm off the stem and base (this will create an even surface so the squash halves won't roll around as they roast). Slice the squash in half midway between the stem and base. Scoop out and discard seeds. (If you are short on time, microwave the squash halves until very tender and skip ahead to Make Step #3.) Place squash, cut-side down in a large baking dish. Fill dish with a thin layer of water ~1/4" / .6cm deep. Cover tightly with foil and bake until the squash is very tender and can be pierced easily with a fork, 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. While squash roasts, combine quinoa (reserve half for Thursday), pecans, goat cheese, olive oil and parsley. Season with some salt and pepper.
  4. When squash is tender, flip squash halves over so they form bowls. Season with some salt and pepper. Spoon quinoa filling into the “bowls” (press it in tightly or mound it over top). Return squash to the oven and continue roasting, uncovered, until the filling is heated through, ~15 minutes more.
  5. When squash is nearly finished, make vinaigrette. Dice shallots and whisk with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and cooking oil. Season to taste as needed with some salt and pepper. Slice apples.
  6. Toss vinaigrette with sliced apples and baby spinach.
  7. Serve squash with yogurt on top and salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (66)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (8)

30 reviews

That garlic aioli! And the salmon! My 8 year old asked for seconds on the salmon so I'd say it was a hit. It was all really great and we'll definitely make this again. Only reason for 4 stars is the veggies were a little lacking. Will probably roast some broccoli with it next time.

By: Lesley
Posted: Oct 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made the salmon, cauliflower rice and aioli. Everything was delicious! Sprinkled some fresh parsley on the rice. Aioli would be yummy on a fish sandwich too

By: Lauren
Posted: Sep 22, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

And I don't even like fish

By: Isabelle
Posted: Feb 12, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

My salmon turned out a bit over cooked and I did the lower amount of time in the oven. Might just finish in the stove next time. Nice meal overall.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Feb 09, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Best glaze for a salmon! I usually struggle with the fishy taste, but these were perfect

By: Kasey
Posted: Feb 06, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Sous-vided the salmon with the sauce. Delicious.

By: Drew
Posted: Jan 22, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful