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Quinoa Kale And Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Soft and buttery roasted acorn squash gets topped with a flavorful mixture of quinoa, kale, pecans, onions, and garlic. This healthy vegetarian but also delicious dish will give you all the fall feels at meal time.



1 Acorn Squash, halved + seeds removed

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to sprinkle

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup water or broth

1 Tbsp butter

2 cups kale, stems removed + chopped

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp butter

1/2 cup panko breakcrumbs

1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Prepare Acorn Squash: Drizzle the acorn squash with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake: Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Saute: While the squash is baking: Melt butter and Saute the onions, garlic, pecans, and kale until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  5. Prepare Quinoa mixture: Combine onion mixture with 1 1/2 cups of the cooked quinoa *see notes for how to cook quinoa.
  6. Toast breadcrumbs: Melt 1 tsp of butter and add panko bread crumbs and rosemary, saute 3-5 minutes until breadcrumbs begin to brown.
  7. Assemble: Fill the acorn squash with the quinoa mixture (it will be overflowing) and top with rosemary bread crumbs.


How to cook quinoa:  start by rinsing the quinoa one time.  Combine quinoa with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat to low and cover for 25-30 minutes.

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: North American

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