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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Apples

We recently touted the benefits of acorn squash in the article “Carb-Load Before Races the RIGHT Way: Add Sweet Root Vegetables to Your Pre-Race Regimen“. If you’re not sure how to prepare acorn squash, here’s a tasty recipe that brings together flavors of fall.



    • 2 acorn squash
    • 1-2 cups cooked quinoa
    • 2 cups sliced apples (peaches or a mixture of peaches and apples will work too!)
    • ¼ cup maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp olive oil


Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Brush with olive oil and bake cut-side down in a baking dish for 35 minutes at 350°.
In a separate bowl, combine the apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, cooked quinoa and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
In a smaller bowl mix the olive oil, nutmeg and cinnamon. Fill centers with apple mixture and brush with the olive oil, nutmeg and cinnamon mixture. Put back in the oven face-up and cook an additional 25 minutes until squash is tender.

This is a satisfying side dish or main course, and is also a great addition to a meal at holiday time!

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Katherine Pennington is a diet and lifestyle coach, writer, and founder of Be in Balance, which helps women and men lose weight, reduce stress and achieve more balance in their lives. Katherine is also an avid runner and marathoner and also advises athletes on how to fuel for maximum performance and health.

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3 Responses to "Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Apples"

  1. Samantha says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!! Keep them coming!

  2. yes, this is truly yummy and an easy thing to make for the holidays!

  3. Samantha says:

    What would you serve with it as a side if you were making it as a main dish?

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