Acorn Squash Stuffed with Southwestern Quinoa – Alaska from Scratch

7 Oct

Woohoo!!! I can’t wait to try this! I saw it in a forum on Google+ and thought it sounded soo yummy however, I was sad because I had never seen an acorn squash in my local stores. Low and behold I went to the store today and there they were!!! So of course I snagged one and will be making this for dinner…


1 acorn squash

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 of a red onion, finely chopped

1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped (more or less, to taste)

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

salt to taste

1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned/drained)

1 cup steamed quinoa

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup grated colby jack cheese


Preheat oven to 350. Pierce the acorn squash with a fork several times. Place the squash onto a sheet pan and roast whole until fork-tender, about 45 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before handling.

Increase oven temp to broil.

While the squash is cooling, heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook the onions and jalapenos for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are tender and translucent. Add the cumin, chili powder, and salt. Stir in the black beans, corn, and quinoa and heat through. Toss in the fresh cilantro and taste for seasoning, adding more salt as needed.

Slice the squash in half length-wise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Fill the halves with large scoops of the black bean and quinoa filling. Top with cheese and return to the oven on broil for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with additional cilantro and serve promptly.


Lime wedges and a hot sauce like Tapatio would be nice on the side.

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Since my family is so picky I only made one squash so anyone who was feeling adventurous to try it along with their baked chicken could have a piece. Almost everyone tried the quinoa but only my husband and middle daughter had the squash. She didn’t like her’s and couldn’t eat it but happily devoured the quinoa and had an additional helping of quinoa. My husband ate the entire 1/4 of a squash but did not state whether he liked it or not. After all the cooking involved I was not hungry so I just tasted a small bit of the quinoa with some chicken and it was absolutely delish! I did make a few small changes to the recipe to suit my family’s taste buds. I only used about an 1/8 of a cup of the red onions because the onion I had looked huge and half of it was probably a whole cup or more and my hubby doesn’t really like onions. Next I realized the jalapeno I planned on using  wasn’t any good so I used a small amount (appx 1 tsp) of my Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper Spice Blend (I like that it’s organic and I always have chilies on hand). I followed the rest of the recipe as stated and used 1/2 tsp of sea salt. I’m not sure if I will make the stuffed acorn squash again but I will make the quinoa stuffing it is a great side dish.

How does your family eat acorn squash?


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