Healthy Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

While the cold weather is blowing outside, make a hearty veggie dish that's sure to warm you up. This quinoa stuffed squash recipe is seasoned with savory cumin, sweet raisins, and crunchy celery, which complements the smooth and creamy flesh of the baked acorn squash beautifully.

To see this simple recipe and find out how low in calories it is read more!

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

3 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or other margarine), melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
6 teaspoons shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Arrange squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, or until tender.
  3. While the squash is baking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, celery, and carrots, and cook five minutes. Mix in the kidney beans and raisins and continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
  4. Boil two cups water, one cup quinoa, and the bouillon cube together. Once this comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until quinoa is cooked. Season cooked quinoa with cumin, salt, and pepper. Then stir in the veggies and beans.
  5. Stuff each squash halve with about a cup of the quinoa veggie mixture, and sprinkle with one teaspoon cheddar cheese. Cook another five minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Makes six servings.

Serving Size 1 stuffed squash
Calories 219
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 141 mg
Carbs 34 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Protein 5.6 g

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