Stuffed Acorn Squash With Quinoa, Pears, And Pecans Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Pears, and Pecans is a lovely light meal ideal for fall and winter. 

– ▢  2 acorn squash, halved – ▢4 Tbsp avocado Oil, or olive oil – ▢4 Tbsp honey – ▢1 tsp sea salt, to taste – ▢2 tsp ground cinnamon


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Roasted Acorn Squash: 

– ▢  ¾ cup uncooked quinoa – ▢Zest of 1 orange – ▢¼ cup fresh orange juice, 1/2 orange, juiced – ▢3 Tbsp olive oil, or avocado oil – ▢¼ tsp ground cinnamon – ▢½ tsp sea salt – ▢1 large ripe pear, or apple, chopped – ▢½ cup dried cranberries – ▢1/3 cup pecans, chopped – ▢4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled*

Quinoa stuffing: 

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Step 1

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the tip and tail off of each acorn squash, and them length-wise.


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Roast the Acorn Squash: 

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Step 2

Remove seeds and intestines from both sides. One tablespoon of olive oil should lightly coat each half. Half acorn squash with 1–2 tablespoons honey in the center. Season squash with cinnamon and kosher salt.   

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Step 3

Roast the acorn squash cut-side up on a baking sheet for 45–50 minutes until fork-tender.  

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Step 4

Rinse the quinoa well and soak it in a small pot for about 10 minutes.  

Make the Quinoa Stuffing:  

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Step 5

Add 1.5 cups of water to the pot after draining the quinoa. After a full boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes to absorb all the water.  

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Step 6

 In a small bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, cinnamon, and salt.

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Step 7

Cooking well-done meat at 160⿽�F preserves moisture. Serve meatballs with sides for starters or mains. Add sesame seeds and green onions if preferred. Brown rice, sautéed vegetables, and meatballs complete a dinner.

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Step 8

Once the quinoa is finished cooking, transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl and pour the orange dressing over it.

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Step 9

Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix everything together well. Scoop desired amount of quinoa stuffing into each acorn squash and serve!

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