Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb

9 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 6 Comments

I have grown to love all that is butternut. It’s true. I can honestly eat it any old way. When I started pureeing it for baby, I think I liked it more than he did!

Unfortunately, the family doesn’t agree with me. The only way I can kind of get them on board the butternut bandwagon is in fry form. Which is OK, and I can only hope as the boys grow they learn to appreciate it in other forms. The husband? He is hopeless and just doesn’t share my love for winter squash.

That’s cool. You can’t win them all. I still buy one every couple of weeks and throw butternut squash fries in the mix, but there’s one problem: I’m left with the bulb part at the bottom.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb - the bulb

Normally I use it to make something for myself like Butternut Carrot Chicken Soup/Stew or Super Quick Butternut Hash with Bacon Bits but today I just had NO desire to cut a darn thing. So I didn’t.

I stuffed it instead!

How could I not? It’s perfectly stuff-able!

Quinoa made the perfect stuffing. I simply added the water needed right into the bulb and it cooked perfectly inside the butternut.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb Let me share how I made it today, although I think this should be tweaked to add even more flavor to the quinoa. I ended up drizzling a little honey on when it was done, but next time I’m thinking maple syrup and adding some cubed apple during the roasting! Doesn’t that sound yummy? Here’s the base recipe. Take it and run!

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (43g)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Kosher salt
1/4 tbsp honey for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Scrape out the seeds and pulp in the squash.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb - Step 1

Note: Don’t throw away the seeds! You can roast them just like pumpkin seeds!

Put the quinoa, water, and pumpkin pie spice in the cavity of the squash. Stir to mix everything up and then sprinkle with kosher salt.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb - Step 2

Bake for 45-60 minutes until the squash is soft to the touch and the quinoa soaks up all the liquid.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb - step 3

Fluff up the quinoa while scraping the sides of the squash, mixing everything together with a touch of honey.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb - step 4

Don’t you just love hand-off, easy meals that come out so darn pretty?

I do. :)

Note: If the points seem high that’s because I base it on the total nutritional estimates. You may count squash as 0 and just account for the quinoa.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
330 3g 10g old: 6 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
12g 0g 73g 10g

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    February 26, 2013

    I LOVE this idea! It sounds so yummy. Definitely trying this soon :-)


    March 3, 2013

    I tried this today but used 1tsp of garam masala instead of pumpkin pie spice because I was in the mood for something savoury (and omitted the honey). It turned out great!

    Stacey Jennings

    March 6, 2013

    OMG that looks so good! I tried Quinoa for the first time a couple days ago and absolutely loved it! Excellent replacement for rice, but putting it into butter nut squash looks amazing! Thanks for the great recipe!

    Heather K.

    March 6, 2013

    What an awesome idea! I will definitely try this ASAP. We have a butternut squash at home, just waiting to be cooked!

    Julie B

    March 11, 2013

    I didn't have your recepie on hand when i was at the grocery store. I tried to remember what went in it and varied a little from your true reciepe. Here's what i did: ButterCup Squash 1/4 c Quiona 1c chicken broth 1/2 zucchini 1c carrots 1 turkey sausage link I gutted out the squash and added all my ingredients,except zucchini. Baked at 425 degrees for 30 min and viola dinner was done.

      Emilie B

      October 29, 2014

      Julie B., that sounds yummy! What did you do with the zucchini?