Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

In this recipe, roasted acorn squash halves provide a “bowl” that holds a simple yet delicious quinoa pilaf.

Fall cooking often has me craving pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and all those comforting, cozy and warm flavors.  Squash is one of those fall flavors I tend to neglect but it truly rivals the other fall flavors.

Winter squash is very healthy for you as it is a great source of beta-carotene, a good source of both fiber and vitamin C, and best of all is low in calories. Some of the most commonly found varieties of winter squash include Pumpkin, Acorn, Butternut, Turban, Hubbard, Delicata, and of course the unique Spaghetti squash which can be used in place of pasta once cooked.  Roasting squash caramelizes the flesh and adds the perfect touch of sweetness.

This particular recipe is a versatile one as you can easily tweak the ingredients added to the quinoa pilaf – mushrooms, goat cheese, fresh herbs, pecans, cherries … so many variations!

Other Recipe Rebuild recipes that feature squash include:

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash 

Butternut Squash Gratin

Creamy Squash Soup

Spaghetti Squash With Sausage and Roasted Tomatoes

Lentil and Roasted Squash Salad

Olive Harvest Soup 

Ancho, Black Bean and Squash Chili

White Bean and Squash Soup 

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Israeli Couscous 

Winter Squash, Baby Bella and Sage Soup 

Why Healthy

    • Squash is low in calories, but a rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Squash is rich in phytonutrients and disease fighting antioxidants.
    • Quinoa (aka Super Seed) is a gluten free seed that provides a complete protein as well as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid.


Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 45


2 Acorn Squash, Halved
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Divided
1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped
1 Cup Quinoa, Rinsed
2 Cups Chicken Broth, Homemade or Purchased
1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
2/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
2/3 Cup Sliced Almonds, Toasted
Freshly Cracked Salt and Pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and scoop out the seeds and innards of each squash half.

Drizzle the squash halves with olive oil and rub it in with your hands for an even coating.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place the halves on a baking sheet, cut side up.

Place the halves in the oven and roast until the squash is fork tender about 30-45 minutes (roasting time will depend on the size of your squash).

While the acorn squash is roasting, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and add the shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the quinoa to the shallot and toast gently for 1-2 minutes without browning or burning the quinoa.

Add the broth and oregano and bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, until liquid has been absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.

Just before the quinoa finishes, add the cranberries and stir well to mix.

Add the almonds and salt and pepper to the quinoa pilaf and stuff the acorn squash halves with the quinoa pilaf and serve.


40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!


  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!


  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.


  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!


  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.


  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!


  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!


  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    and now we’re FB friends too!


  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.


  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.


  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.


  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~


  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.


  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.


  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!


  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.


  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.


  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol


  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.


  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…


  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!


  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)


  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!


  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!


  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)


  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.


  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!


  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.


  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.


  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2


  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3


  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks


  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.


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