Cranberry Apple Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Little Mustard Seed Café

Get into the fall spirit by embracing Michigan’s wonderful seasonal vegetables! This recipe from The Little Mustard Seed Café dresses up your seasonal fall squash for a warm dish on a cool autumn night. Acorn squash is a great alternative to red meat that’s filling and rich in antioxidants to aid in fighting off diseases, and fiber-filled quinoa can help reduce blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Topping this dish off with cranberries and apples gives the dish some sweetness that kids will love.

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This recipe makes four servings.

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1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 1/4 cups vegetable broth

1/4 onion diced

2 stalks celery diced

2 carrots diced

1/2 apple diced

1 large clove garlic

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp. thyme

1/2 tbsp. parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

2 acorn squash

Cranberry Apple Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Cut the squashes in half and clean out seeds. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until tender (approx. 35-45 mins). While the squash is baking make the filling.
Add 1/4 cup of the broth to a small pot. When the broth is hot add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Once the vegetables have cooked down, add the cranberries, apples, thyme, and parsley.
When the broth comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and allow to the quinoa to cook. The quinoa will look fluffy when it is done!
Fill the acorn squash with the filling and enjoy!
You can make the filling ahead of time or the squash ahead of time and place stuffed squash in oven for about 15-20 minutes to heat.

Nutritional information per serving:
Makes 4 Servings. 1 serving = 1 stuffed half of acorn squash

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 330.7
Total Fat: 3.4 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 590.7 mg
Potassium: 1,014.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 71.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.4 g
Sugars: 14.3 g
Protein: 8.6 g
Vitamin A: 109.2 %
Vitamin B-12: 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6: 22.5 %
Vitamin C5: 1.7 %
Vitamin D: 0.0 %
Vitamin E: 2.0 %
Calcium: 12.4 %
Copper: 10.1 %
Folate: 14.4 %
Iron: 31.7 %
Magnesium: 20.5 %
Manganese: 30.0 %
Niacin: 10.7 %
Pantothenic Acid: 10.7 %
Phosphorus: 33.7 %
Riboflavin: 54.2 %
Selenium: 2.5 %
Thiamin: 23.7 %
Zinc: 3.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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