Quinoa Stuffed Carnival Squash

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 675.4
  • Total Fat: 29.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 36.3 mg
  • Sodium: 478.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 115.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12.7 g
  • Protein: 26.5 g

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Adapted from: http://krissa.org/blog/?p=21 Adapted from: http://krissa.org/blog/?p=21
Number of Servings: 2


    * 1 carnival squash
    * 1 T. olive oil
    * salt
    * pepper
    * 1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed and sorted
    * 1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
    * 3/4 c. broth
    * 1/2 c. raisins
    * 1 t. lemon zest
    * 1/2 t. cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
    * 1/4 c. almonds, lightly toasted
    * 1/4-1/2 c. Gruyere


1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
2. Cut the squash in half through the stem and de-seed. Coat inside lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put in a small pan/dish, cut side down, and fill with 1/4″ water. Put in oven for 25 minutes. (If also roasting baby sweet potatoes, put them in a separate dish and put in the oven at the same time.)
3. Heat broth, add quinoa and raisins and cook covered until broth is gone. Quinoa will be “al dente” not soft. While quinoa cooks, toast pine nuts and grate cheese.
4. Meanwhile, saute onions until translucent.
5. When quinoa is done, mix in almonds and half of cheese, onions, and lemon zest. Mix to well integrated.
6. Squash should be nearly done at this point – a knife should enter the flesh easily and the water should be evaporated. Pull it out, fill with pilaf stuffing and top with remaining cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes. (You’ll have extra stuffing to serve as a side or for leftovers.)
7. Put together a simple salad with vinaigrette* and plate it. Squash will be ready to serve!

*Note: my standard vinaigrette is one part vinegar, one and a half parts oil, a squeeze of brown mustard, a couple shakes of salt, a couple grinds of pepper, and some oregano. If I’m feeling spirited, I add a small clove of garlic and a little honey.

All together, it makes for a bright and festive fall meal!

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user RAINBOWACTIVIST.

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I almost didn't try this recipe - too many calories... I modified it a bit - I dropped the raisins and olive oil (roasted the squash plain and added the onion to the quinoa to cook instead of sauteeing), and cut the quinoa, almonds, and cheese in 1/2 - added a box of frozen spinach, too -very good! - 11/17/10

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  • This is very tasty and has a nice presentation. It is high in calories, but that is mostly due to the Gruyere cheese. You can substitute another or cut down the amount to reduce calories. I've made this several times, it's great in the fall. - 11/19/11

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