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Quinoa Pilaf Stuffed Squash


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Quinoa Pilaf Stuffed Squash

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings (as a main dish)
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Ricki Heller


  • 2 small acorn squash halved and seeded
  • 2 ¼ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lightly toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon mild curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt or to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and place the squash cut-side down on them. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the squash is just tender.
  • While the squash bakes, prepare the quinoa: Bring the broth to a boil in a medium saucepan and add the quinoa. Cover, lower heat to simmer, and cook undisturbed for about 20 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic with the oil over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Add the carrot, celery, and parsley and continue to cook for another 7-10 minutes, until the celery begins to soften. Add the remaining ingredients including the cooked quinoa and stir to combine well. Cover, lower heat, and cook another 5 minutes, until heated through.
  • Once the squash is ready, remove from the oven and turn cut-side up. Fill each half with ¼ of the quinoa mixture, then return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes until heated through. For a side dish, slice each half again lengthwise to form 2 smaller pieces.


Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Pilaf Stuffed Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 718mg30%
Potassium 1254mg36%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4060IU81%
Vitamin C 64.4mg78%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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