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Looking for a vegan option for your Thanksgiving spread? This Stuffed Acorn Squash is a delicious alternative for the non-meat eaters on your guest list. Stuffed with quinoa, apples, walnuts and cranberries, this roasted acorn squash delivers all the flavors of fall in a impressive, nutritious entrée.

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  • 3 acorn squash
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp raw pepitas
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut each acorn squash in half crosswise and scoop out seeds and strings. Lightly brush 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on the cut side of the acorn squash halves.

Arrange squash halves, cut side down, on baking sheets and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and turn cut side up. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flaxseed and water and stir. Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken.

In a saucepan, cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, apple and walnuts and cook for 10 minutes, or until the onion is softened. Add the maple syrup, dried cranberries, pepitas, parsley, sage, thyme, salt and black pepper and stir to combine. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to combine. Add the flax mixture and gently stir until combined.

Spoon stuffing mixture into each squash half. Cover each squash with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the squash is soft and just golden.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size:
1/2 acorn squash

Per Serving: 

Calories: 293

Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 57mg
Carbohydrates: 49g
Fiber: 7g
Protein: 6g

Serves 6

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Date Last Reviewed: September 14, 2020

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