Stuffed Acorn Squash Times Two

Two Recipes for Stuffed Acorn Squash

This first recipe from is a very simple and delicious way to enjoy acorn squash.

Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing


  • 2 acorn squash
  • boiling water
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened – not refined sugar sweetened)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Cut squash in half and remove pulp and seeds with a spoon
  2. Place squash cut-side down in a 9×13 baking dish
  3. Pour 1/4 inch boiling water into baking dish
  4. Place dish in oven and bake squash for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
  5. In a large bowl combine apples, cranberries, cinnamon and oil
  6. Remove squash from the oven after 30 minutes
  7. Turn halves over and stuff center of each squash half with apple mixture
  8. Return to oven and bake for 30-35 minutes (or longer) until squash and apples are tender


This next recipe for stuffed acorn squash is a bit more involved but would make a beautiful main or side dish for a special occasion, like Thanksgiving. It comes from

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings


  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries  (fruit juice sweetened – not refined sugar sweetened)
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3 small acorn squash, cut into 1/2 inch slices (remove seeds and stringy parts)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil two rimmed baking sheets and place squash rings on sheets.
  2. Cook quinoa in broth or water. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onion. Cook about 10 minutes, until onion begins to brown. Add apple and cook for about 5 more minutes, until apple is soft. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Combine quinoa, apple and onion mixture, cranberries, sage and walnuts in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in egg.
  5. In a small bowl combine butter and maple syrup.
  6. Brush tops and insides of squash rings with butter mixture; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stuff quinoa filling into the center of each squash ring. Bake 30-40 minutes or until tops are golden and squash is tender.