Vegan Quinoa, Spinach, and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This nutty, sweet, and savory dish makes a satisfying and delicious vegan main course or hearty side dish, but you don't have to be vegan to love it. Keep this one on your short list for Thanksgiving and other cool-weather meals. For the fastest pre…

, start the squash roasting, then begin cooking the quinoa; while it cooks, start chopping and sauteing vegetables for the filling. The recipe is a Yummly original created by David Bonom.

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  • nonstick cooking spray (or olive oil)
  • 5 acorn squash (about 1 3/4 lb. each)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (for squash)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (for squash)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa (preferably white quinoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (for quinoa)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion (medium, 1 onion is about 1 cup chopped)
  • 2 carrots
  • 3/4 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for vegetable mixture)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (for vegetable mixture)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 5 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • salt (optional, to taste, for serving)
  • extra virgin olive oil (optional, for serving)
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    1. Place oven racks in upper third and lower third of oven.
    2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    3. Coat 2 sheet pans with cooking spray or olive oil.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium22% DV520mg
    Fat20% DV13g
    Protein14% DV7g
    Carbs14% DV41g
    Fiber32% DV8g
    Calories290Calories from Fat120
    Total Fat13g20%
    Saturated Fat1.5g8%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat120
    Total Carbohydrate41g14%
    Dietary Fiber8g32%
    Vitamin A80%
    Vitamin C50%

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


    Paula Siok 12 days ago
    Delicious and filling I didn’t measure ingredients because I just made one squash and cooked ad lib. I used leeks instead of onion, and tarragon and rosemary for more seasoning. We are not vegan, so topped it with parmesan, to finish it under the broiler.
    Laura Evers a month ago
    So good! I did some things different: I cooked the Quinoa in Vegetable broth because Quinoa is gross and needs tons of help to taste like something. I replaced the Thyme with Oregano because thyme is not yummy and I sauted the Oregano (had to use dried) in the skillet before mixing it into the rest of the dish. my 1 year old loved it, my husband says add it to the menu rotation. I suggest adding salt to everything (squash, quinoa, and skillet).
    Mandy 3 months ago
    Good textures and my husband, who is not a vegan, asked for more of the filling. It lacked flavor to me.