Tasty Tuesday: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

quinoa acornI created this recipe for one of my Outside the Box clients and it was delicious:  Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings.  It has all the nutrition that I wanted and great flavor!  It’s a great way to include whole foods and if you really wanted you could serve it as a side with grilled chicken.  If you try it post here and let me know how you liked it!  (if you don’t like it…keep it to yourself.  It’s probably recipe user failure anyway! lol)


2 acorn squash

3-4 cups cooked quinoa

1 green apple, finely chopperd

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

1/2-1 cup dried cranberries

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

salt & pepper



  1. Slice each squash into 2 rings, removing seeds in center.  Place face down in microwave safe square dish and 2 inches water.  Cook 4 minutes in microwave then transfer to oven safe baking tray. Set aside.
  2. In medium pan melt 3 Tbs. butter.  Saute the onion and apple until soft.  Add garlic and saute additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add onion saute to cooked quinoa along with dried cranberries, egg and parmesan.  Stir until combined.
  4. Divide quinoa mixture between 4 squash rings.
  5. Bake 30 minutes at 350*



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