Thank you to the Cranberry Marketing Committee (via the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network) for sponsoring this recipe for gluten free Savory Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash! In addition to being a delicious and nutritious addition to Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebrations, it also makes a great fall/winter side dish or entrée.
Can you guys believe Thanksgiving is in a few short weeks?! If you’re starting to plan your menus and looking for a fun alternative to the usual stuffing, give this savory and gluten free cranberry stuffed acorn squash a try!
Cranberries are harvested just in time for the holidays, making it the perfect time to incorporate the yummy red berries into your recipes. I love cranberries not only because they are so nutritious (one serving is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber, and provides antioxidant polyphenols), but also because they are so versatile – they go well in both sweet and savory dishes. We all know and love the usual cranberry sauce (check out my easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe), but let’s mix it up a bit, shall we?
For today’s adventure, we’re going more savory with a combination of tart cranberries, earthy herbs, nutty pecans, salty feta, and sweet squash.
If you haven’t tried making a stuffed acorn squash before, it’s time to do it – it looks really fun and fancy for guests but it’s easy to make – total win!
The first step is to pre-bake your acorn squash – cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with a little oil, and bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees F.
While the squash is baking, prep your filling! Heat a little oil in a pot or pan with a fitted lid and add your onion and celery; saute for about 5 minutes or until tender, then add the quinoa, cranberries, herbs, and vegetable broth.
Bring to a boil over high heat and then cover and let simmer about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked through and has absorbed all the liquid.
Stir in the pecans, and then the mixture is ready to be spooned into your cooked acorn squash halves! Divide evenly between the squash (you may have some extra depending how big your squash is) and then sprinkle with feta cheese.
If you’re having guests over, you can pause at this step and put the acorn squash (with the filling in it) in the fridge until it’s go time – overnight if necessary. Then, the final step is to bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the filling is heated through and the cheese is slightly browned.
All that’s left to do is enjoy! 🙂
Let me know how you and/or your guests like it! Here’s the full recipe.
And if you have leftover homemade cranberry sauce (and turkey) from Thanksgiving, try my Turkey and Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. 🙂
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