Happy Monday! So far it has been a beautiful fall here in northeast Ohio. The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are cooler, and it’s been sunny and breezy — just the way fall should be. And as the fall season comes in, so does the abundance of squashes, apples, and root veggies. These foods make cooking so much fun.
The recipe I’m sharing today — Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash — is a redux of one I’ve already posted. But since we’re at the height of apple picking season, this recipe has a twist — and da-yum, is it good! Check out the original recipe here, and the new version below. I think you’ll like it.
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash Redux
- 2 large acorn squash
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 C quinoa
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 Fuji apple, peeled, cored and small diced
- 1/3 C raisins
- 1/3 C pine nuts
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp tamari
- sage for sprinkling on top
Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Cut the squash in half length-wise and remove the seeds. Brush the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a lightly oiled dish and back for 45 minutes.
Heat oil in a large saucepan and add onions, apples, garlic, and chickpeas. Stir and add tamari. Cook until the onions are translucent and everything begins to brown. Add the cooked quinoa to the onion mixture and combine. Place the quinoa and onion mixture into a large bowl. Add raisins, basil, and pine nuts and stir well.
Remove squash from the oven and stuff with the quinoa mixture. Place any extra stuffing in the baking dish around the squash. Return to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes. Squash is done when it is very soft when pierced with a fork and the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle with a light dusting of sage and serve.
I love the tastes of fall and I can’t wait to make some more yummy squash recipes over the next couple of weeks. Admittedly, I was never a squash fan until recently. But I’ve found squashes make fabulous soups, fantastic meatless entree options, and are great as a side dish. Yum!
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