Quinoa and Vegetable-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Low-calorie and loaded with potassium, fiber, and vitamins B and C, acorn squash is the perfect guilt-free star of your next dinner. Halved and roasted, it becomes a great vehicle for a delicious healthy stuffing, like protein- and antioxidant-rich quinoa. This simple and satisfying dish can stand alone as a vegetarian meal or cut it into quarters and serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Ingredients
For the acorn squash:
1 acorn squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce

For the quinoa:
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup zucchini
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper 

Recipe Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment.
  2. Wash the acorn squash. Using a large serrated knife, cut the squash in half, remove the seeds with a spoon, and place flesh side up on the baking sheet. Drizzle each half of the squash with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Rub onto the flesh and allow to sit while the oven preheats.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, turn squash flesh side down, and bake another 20 minutes, or until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan. Sauté the carrot, bell pepper, zucchini, and green onion until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the quinoa, toss with the vegetables, and then add the thyme, water, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Set aside until squash is done.
  6. Remove 3 tablespoons of each squash half. Add to the quinoa and mix gently.  Divide the quinoa mixture into the squash halves and serve immediately.

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