Quinoa and Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash


This recipe was motivated by the fact that I accidentally ended up with some local, delicious acorn squash. Trey thinks I ‘accidentally’ made this happen on purpose…

Well, I created an account with an organization that delivers local organic produce weekly. When I created the account, I didn’t intend on ordering anything (yet) but there was some sort of technology mishap or something because last Tuesday, a huge box of organic produce was on our door step. Oops! Trey helped me cancel the account (he says it’s too expensive and I guess he’s right 😦 ).

Per usual, I would not let any food go to waste so I immediately started thinking of ways to use everything. I found a recipe through allrecipes.com and changed a few things (mainly spices) to make this delicious quinoa and bean stuffed acorn squash.

Recipe:

–3 small acorn squash

–2 Tbsp olive oil

–2 cloves garlic, chopped

–2 stalks celery, chopped

–2 carrots, chopped

–1 can kidney beans, drained

–1/2 cup raisins

–1 cup uncooked quinoa

–1 vegetable bouillon cube

–2 tsp oregano

–1 tsp thyme

–salt and pepper to taste

–6 tsp shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut squash in halves and place face down on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. While the squash is baking, heat olive oil in skillet. Add garlic, celery and carrots. After 5 minutes, add kidney beans and raisins to skillet. Boil water, quinoa and bouillon cube together–bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season cooked quinoa with oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Once carrots are tender, add all ingredients from the skillet to the quinoa. When squash is done baking, scoops out seeds and fill squash with the quinoa mixture. Finally, sprinkle with cheese.

Visually, here is the process:

Bake the squash, face down.

Saute the veggies and garlic in olive oil.

Add the kidney beans and raisins (quinoa is being made in another pot).

Add veggie mixture to quinoa. Then, fill the squash and sprinkle with cheese!

We loved this meal and had plenty left over! I will definitely make it again!

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