I hope you are ready to talk sweet and savory, because this eastern spiced acorn squash is going to knock your socks off. I must be going through a vegetarian phase right now.. or quite possibly I’m just so enamored with fresh, fall produce that I forgot protein is a food group. Either way, do you really need meat to complete a meal? Not at all!! The combination of quinoa and walnuts in this dish mean its loaded with all the essential amino acids (aka its a complete protein source). With all the seasonal produce at your fingertips, why wouldn’t you want to cook from the garden?
Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash, halved and gutted
3 garlic cloves
2 oz shitake mushrooms (optional)
3 T olive oil
1/2 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp sea salt
First, bake acorn squash halves at 350 degrees until soft (about 30 minutes). Scoop “meat” from tender squash shells and set aside. In a skillet, sautee shallots in 2 T olive oil. Once browned add mushrooms and chopped garlic. Let cook for about 2 more minutes. Add quinoa and 1 1/4 cup water. Bring water to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Add raisins, walnuts, parsley, and fold in the mashed acorn squash. Season with cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Place filling back into acorn shells and bake for another 10 minutes. Drizzle with remaining 1 T olive oil. Alas, bon apetit!
With school back in session and chaos at it’s peak, I find myself craving that midday break when I can simply sit down and enjoy a meal. Oh, how sweet it is. And with all the spicy, savory, warm-you-from-the-inside-out foods to choose form, how can one stay focused? Thank goodness I can multitask, this recipe is now doodled in the margin of my college rule notebook paper. Right next to ‘simply fall galette’. Sshhh.. coming soon (maybe). Please do indulge, and enjoy the flavors of the season: squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apples, pears, nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts.. and feel free to email me with any specific recipe requests. I’d love to be your test kitchen. :)
What is your favorite way to eat broccoli? You know I found it for 68 cents a pound this week?! Time to get cooking. Let’s here what you’ve got..