Meal Kit

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash: Serves 4 People

With Pecans, Cranberries, and Maple Drizzle

Prep & Cook Time: 40-50 min.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Cook Within: 7 days

Contains: Tree Nuts (Pecans)

  • Vegetarian
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Who says vegetarian dishes can't wow 'em at your holiday gathering? These hearty stuffed squash delight guests by giving everyone their own elegant individual serving. Buttery acorn squash are slow-roasted and stuffed with a savory mixture of quinoa, white wine, dried cranberries, and pecans. They're then roasted again and finished off with fresh herbs and a maple drizzle to create a sweet and savory main that is as delicious as it is beautiful. Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and cholesterol-free, this dish will satisfy the dietary needs and taste buds of everyone around your holiday table.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 1¼ cups Quinoa
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 4 fl. oz. White Cooking Wine
  • 2 oz. Thyme Sprigs
  • Info
    2 oz. Pecans
  • 1½ oz. Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube
  • 2 fl. oz. Breakfast Syrup
Contains: Sulfites
Food intolerance information

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Medium Pan

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F
  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with foil or use a nonstick baking sheet. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Finely dice onion. Mince garlic. Cut squash in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Slice a bit off the bottom of each squash to create a stable surface. Remove thyme leaves by raking your finger down the stems.

  2. 2

    Roast the Acorn Squash

    Brush the orange innards of the squash halves with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the four squash halves open-side down on the baking sheet and roast in oven for 25 minutes, or until the meat is tender and slightly browned.

  3. 3

    Cook the Quinoa

    While the squash is roasting, bring a medium pot with 2½ cups of lightly salted water, quinoa, and the bouillon cube to a boil, whisking until bouillon cube is dissolved. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer for 10 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, fluff with a fork, and set aside.

  4. 4

    Prepare Quinoa Stuffing

    While quinoa is cooking, in a medium pan, sauté 1 Tbsp. olive oil, onion, and garlic together until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the pecans and sauté for another 2 minutes. Then stir in the cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, thyme (reserving some for garnish), and white cooking wine. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and remove from heat until ready to stuff the squash.

  5. 5

    Stuff and Roast the Squash

    Remove the squash from the oven and flip open-side up. Add ½ cup or more of the quinoa mixture to the hollow of each squash half. Place back in oven to bake for 10-12 minutes, or until quinoa is slightly crisp and squash has caramelized.

  6. 6

    Plate the Dish

    Place a stuffed acorn squash on the plate. Garnish with remaining thyme and a light drizzle of maple syrup.

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