Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe -
Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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"This hearty dish combines quinoa with apples, veggies, and loads of ginger in an acorn squash bowl that is perfect fare for those blustery fall and winter evenings."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place the squash halves, cut-side up into a small baking dish, and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
  2. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. When done, stir in the butter until melted, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, green pepper, and celery; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the apple, and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Add the garlic and ginger, cook 2 minutes more, then stir in the vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. When the squash is tender, scoop out some of the flesh, leaving the halves 1/2 inch thick. Roughly chop the acorn squash, and combine with the quinoa and apple mixture. Spoon the mixture back into the squash shells, and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven, and bake until the cheese has melted and is bubbly, about 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 20, 2008

I love this recipe! The flavors are wonderful and quinoa has a great lightness and fluffiness that acts as a fabulous base to present the gingery, spicy flavors of the mixture. I have a friend who has a restricted gluten-free diet but always loved the flavors and coziness of stuffing so this has been popular with her, but also with the rest of the potluck crowd when I have made it. I love how versatile the dish is too - you can substitute margarine for the butter and eliminate the cheese to make it a vegan dish; you can add nuts or a dried fruit (currants for example) to the stuffing; you can experiment with other kinds of cheese (I've used goat before and it worked well).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 23, 2010

This is not very good. It is quite sweet, not at all savory. If you do make it, I would recommend cutting the apple pieces very small, and not using as much cinnamon as the recipe suggests.


31 Ratings

May 05, 2008

This is a great recipe, I cook my squash in the microwave and then get everything else ready. I would suggest reducing the amount of sugar a little bit, it can be slightly sweet. The mozarella cheese is a good complement to the flavors in the squash. Yumm!

Jan 25, 2010

This is very tasty. I recommend cutting back on the ginger and cinnamon a tad....I made it with the amounts called for and feel it needed less of each. I had a very small apple-so in addition to the apple I added some dried cherries which I soaked first in white wine. I used the white wine instead of vinegar called for. I also used parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella because that is what I had on hand. It turned out perfectly! I topped the dish with chopped toasted almonds before good. My hubby and I both enjoyed this dish and will make it again and again!

Apr 06, 2010

The only reason I'm not giving this five stars is because my husband wasn't as impressed as I. I loved the crunch of the nuts, the tang of the ginger and the sweetness of the squash. I'll be making this again for sure!

Jan 20, 2011

The Calculation for 2 was enough for 4. We used 2 acorn squash (4 halves). Served with a salad, one half per person !was plenty

Dec 16, 2009

This is a wonderful dish! I've served it at fall/winter dinners when we have large gatherings. Cutting each into quarters allows for a sampling of flavor rather than it being a full meal. The combination of flavors is always a pleasant surprise for guests...yum.

Nov 18, 2009

The recipe makes enough stuffing for 2 acorn squash


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  • Calories
  • 574 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 88.9 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 18.5 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 12.1 g
  • 48%
  • Protein
  • 18.5 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 249 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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