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Roasted acorn squash with cranberry quinoa stuffing


This stuffed, roasted squash isn't trying to trick you into thinking it's stuffed with meat. And it doesn't have to! The cranberry quinoa filling is satisfying enough on its own, full of spiced warmth and salty sweetness.


2 small
acorn squashes
3 tbsp
apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp
olive oil
2 tbsp
maple syrup
2 tsp
1 tsp
black pepper
1 small
onion (chopped)
garlic cloves (crushed)
1 cup
red quinoa (rinsed well)
2 cup
vegetable broth
1 tsp
ground cumin
1⁄2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp
ground tumeric
1⁄4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1⁄2 cup
fresh cranberries
1 cup
loosely packed fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
1⁄2 cup
roasted, salted and shelled pistachios (coarsely chopped)


Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven; preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds. Arrange the halves in a large baking dish, flesh-side up.

Whisk together the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the oil and the maple syrup in a cup. Brush the flesh side of the squash halves with some of the maple mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Put the squash flesh-side down in the baking dish, then brush the skin side with maple mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Roast until the squash is fork-tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Poke the inside of the squash halves with a fork and brush generously with more of the maple mixture.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the quinoa, spices, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir until the spices are toasted, about 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Add fresh cranberries. Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer, until the quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir remaining maple mixture, half of the parsley and half of the pistachios.

Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa and sprinkle with the remaining parsley and pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchen by Fernanda Larson, MS, CN, 2017

Plate with roasted acorn squash with cranberry quinoa stuffing


Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
1 1/2 hours
Total time
1 hour, 45 minutes