Baked Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffing

This was fun to make and super good! Plus don’t they look like little hearts! This is such a romantic and heart healthy meal!

I used regular quinoa because I could not find organic red quinoa (and I had regular quinoa in the house 🙂 ), but I am sure this came out just as Delicious! You could always substitute the butter for oil to make this vegan and I doubt it would change a thing as the butter is just used to sauté the veggies. I did not have currants so I put more cranberries and apricots in then the recipe called for. You will also have some of the quinoa left over, but it makes a great leftover side dish.

lots of squash

2 heart squashBaked Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffing

Recipe adapted from The Flexitarian Table.


2 cups quinoa
4 tablespoons Earth Balance or olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced onion
sea salt or Kosher salt
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped the size of raisins
1/4 cup dried currants
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper
4 medium Delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing


  1. Adjust a rack to the middle shelf of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Simmer the quinoa in 4 cups of water until fluffy, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa cooks, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, ginger, and sage.
  4. Cover the pan and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes (add a tablespoon of water, if necessary, to prevent scorching.)
  5. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa and vegetables. Stir in the dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, and cinnamon, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Brush the skin of the squash lightly with oil. Place the squash, cut side down, in a baking pan large enough to hold them in a snug single layer.
  7. Pour 1/2-inch of boiling water into the pan and bake for 20 minutes (you want the squash to have softened slightly, but not completely). Transfer the squash to a plate and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  8. Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa mixture, return them, stuffing-up, to the pan, and bake until the flesh can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 30 minutes more.

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