Monday, September 24, 2012

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms, and More.

It's Fall, Yaay!!! We have had the cool Fall temps last week, and over the weekend. After all of our oppressive heat over the Summer, the cool air was welcomed. I love the crunch of the leaves underfoot. It isn't officially Fall until I buy candy corn, which I finally did this weekend, but I was disappointed in the candy.  The one that I bought, was hard and tasteless. I'll be on the hunt for some better tasting candy corn.  Do you have a favorite candy corn? Let me know!

Besides Candy Corn in Fall, I love anything with pumpkin, apples, apple cider, and Fall squashes, and cinnamon, just to name a few.  I saw this recipe with Acorn Squash stuffed with  Quinoa Pilaf last week  @ Jeanette's  Healthy Living, and I knew that I would be making it soon. We love acorn squash and have them often during the Fall months. My Mom always baked them, when she made meatloaf, so  to me they are comfort food, too. When I make acorn squash now, I usually cook the squash in the microwave, upside down in the dish with a little water and then turn them over, and fill the cavities,  if I'm in a hurry. However, last week my microwave, a  Magic Chef of 10 months, died!!! Now, I have to cook my oatmeal on the stove, and   I baked the acorn squash in the oven. The previous microwave was a Sharp, and only made it 1/1/2 years, just past the warranty. The only good thing about the Magic Chef is that it was still under warranty, and Magic Chef is sending a refund check. Now, I have to buy my third microwave in 2/12 yrs!!!  Does anybody have a reliable on the counter microwave that they like?  Please let me know. I am beginning to think that "reliable microwave", is an oxymoron. It's not easy to live without the microwave:(.  What a bummer week! My microwave died, and got bad candy corn.  This has to be a better week.

However you make this dish, which can be a side dish, if you use small acorn squashes, a main dish, if you are vegetarian, or  add a little chicken to the quinoa, you will love this dish,  We had them for lunch yesterday, and my hubby loved them, even the apples, walnuts, and dried cranberries, in addition to the quinoa, mushrooms, onions,celery, and herbs.  This dish was also very filling, but healthy at the same time, and sure beats eating a another sandwich for lunch. This is a versatile recipe because you can vary the stuffing, depending what is in your pantry.  I  didn't have any pumpkin seeds, so I used toasted walnuts, and I added the chopped apples, which added a tasty touch and color. This dish would be perfect for a vegan  or vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving. You could serve it at a dinner party or your lunch today!  Even if you aren't vegan or vegetarian, this dish appeals to all.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms, Apples, and More Adapted from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Roasted Acorn Squash
  • 3 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • olive oil for brushing acorn squash
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brush tops and inside of squash cavity lightly with olive oil. Season lightly with salt, if desired.
  3. Roast in oven until fork tender, about 45 minutes to an hour. Roasting time will depend on the size of your squash.
  4. Remove from oven and set aside.
 Quinoa Pilaf Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 sage leaves, minced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds  I used toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 chopped apples
  • salt and pepper, to taste
While acorn squash is roasting, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan. Add half the onion and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the quinoa, broth, water and thyme, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook, covered, until liquid has been absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.

In a skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of oil, and add rest of onion, mushrooms, celery and sage. Sauté until vegetables are soft. 

Toss mushroom mixture with cooked quinoa, along with pumpkin seeds or walnuts chopped apples, and dried cranberries

Stuff acorn squash halves with Quinoa Pilaf, and serve. Enjoy!
Serves 6.

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  1. Becky, this looks so so good! And now I know what to do with that quinoa that is in my pantry.

    1. Kate,
      I have a huge bag full of quinoa in my pantry, so I made the quinoa pilaf. It's so good with all the veggies and protein.

  2. Mmmm this squash looks fantastic my friend :D
    Delicious job!

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      The stuffed squash is so flavorful with the quinoa. I'm still eating leftover quinoa for lunch:)

  3. I can say that roasted squash looks even fun ot just yummy! :)

  4. I also love roasted squash and I fill mine with both veggie and non veggie fillings. Yum!


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