Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa

8 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 7 Comments

This idea hit me on my home from the gym today. I was pondering what I would make for lunch and then I remembered I had these two tiny acorn squash from the farm that I had no idea what I was going to do with. Just look how stinkin’ cute these are or should I say were… ;)

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa - the squash

I also have a half gallon of apple cider we bought at our yearly outing to Maize Quest and Maple Lawn Farms. Apples and winter squash are awesome together! I learned that making Winter Squash Soup and Bulgur Stuffed Pork. The little bit of sweetness is just a perfect compliment.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider QuinoaI decided to use the cider to sweeten a batch of Quinoa and use it to “stuff” the squash. OMG It was SO good! Simple but good.

Here’s what I did…

  • 2 small acorn squash or 1 larger one
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (84g)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz) apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Halve the squash and scrape out the seeds. Place in a baking dish with a little bit of water on the bottom. Spray the tops with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa - before baking

Bake for about 50 minutes. My little ones took about 35 minute. They should be soft when pierced with a fork.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa - after baking

While the squash are cooking. Chop the onion, carrots and celery. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray and brown the onion, carrots and celery. Add the dry quinoa, water and apple cider. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.

Once both are both done scoop the quinoa into the cavity of the squash and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa - stuffed

Serve with a little sprinkle of dried parsley and enjoy.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Cider Quinoa - serve

I love scraping the fresh of the squash out and eating it with the quinoa. The slight sweetness from the cider was a perfect compliment!

Since my acorn squash were tiny I considered each squash (with half the quinoa) as a serving. I’m thinking if you use a regular size squash half the quinoa would fit on each side still giving you 2 servings.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 1/2 the recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
300 3g 8g old: 6 (5.5) new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
10g 3g 64g 9g

See other recipes using: acorn squash, apple cider, carrots, celery, onion, quinoa, squash

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    October 20, 2010

    OMG, yum. I was just looking at these at the store the other day. I've always wanted to try one but been intimidated by what I'd do with it. That's for the idea. This will obviously be a meal I try on my own without the boys.


    October 20, 2010

    oh yeah... this one was just for me. Although I did get the hubby yo try a bite of the quinoa. He said it "Wasn't that bad." lol


    October 20, 2010

    Darn It! I just cooked my acorn squash yesterday. Next time I get one from our CSA I will be making it this way.


    October 21, 2010

    This looks great! I cook acorn squash a lot in the fall. It's so easy just to throw in the oven!


    October 21, 2010

    This looks so great, I NEVER know what to do with winter squash! You're so creative in the kitchen. I can't wait to hit the farmer's market this Saturday and buy me some squash!


    October 22, 2010

    This sounds great, thanks for sharing!

    The 5 Minute Meal Planner

    November 1, 2010

    Wow, I'd never even heard of quinoa before reading this. And now I have a reason to try my hand at cooking squash (finally). Definitely one to try. I had bbq skirt steak over the weekend and now I'm thinking this would be an interesting addition for those of us who don't mind a little well flavored meat thrown in the mix. I'm having visions of seasoned rice, curried chicken, even seasoned mashed potato (or soft yam) as alternatives for the quinoa - just in case I can't get it where I live. Thanks for a very cool idea