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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

by Jeanette on November 21, 2011 · 22 Comments
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This recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf is a great meatless option when entertaining. It’s elegant and colorful and will make any guest feel special.

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

This is a big week for Americans celebrating Thanksgiving. Although turkey is traditionally served as the main course, it’s likely that many of you will have at least one guest who is vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. When I entertain, I like everyone to feel included and to have plenty of food to eat. I want everyone to feel special.

A number of years ago, we had house guests, one of whom was vegetarian. At the time, I was completely new to vegetarian cooking. Fortunately, I knew how to make some Chinese dishes using tofu, but it made me realize there was a whole world of cooking out there that I knew little about, that went way beyond tofu. You see, vegetarians hate it when they ask if there’s anything vegetarian on a menu and they are pointed to the roasted vegetables or a salad. Yes, vegetarians and vegans eat vegetables, but they need protein too.

So, in honor of Thanksgiving this year, I came up with this Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf (featured on One Green Planet) as a vegetarian or vegan main course. Quinoa is a complete protein, so this elegantly presented dish would easily take the place of turkey for any vegetarian or vegan guests. Of course, once your non-vegan friends see this beautiful dish, they will want some too. After all, isn’t that the best part of a Thanksgiving dinner? Tasting a little bit of everything.

I am adding this to my collection of Healthy Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes. Hope you will pop in and take a look for some last minute ideas to fill out your Thanksgiving menu.

And now, I am off to start shopping for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner, our very first gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving.

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may we all take some time to reflect on all the blessings that we have received over the past year. Although we all experience tough times at different points in in our lives, all of us have something to be thankful for. I know I have so much to be grateful for – my beloved husband, my four rambunctious boys, my gift of cooking for others, and my health. I am looking forward to spending some much needed downtime with my family, including some time catching up with my oldest son who will be visiting from college ;).

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  1. I know my family is doing absolutely nothing to prepare for my new vegetarian-ness so if I want to be able to eat something, I have to make it myself! I would be SO incredibly happy to gobble this down on T-Day!

  2. Joanne – I know you will make something absolutely fabulous for Thanksgiving,and I bet your your family will so impressed they’ll want some and wonder what this vegetarian-ness is all about. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. these are fabulous. Putting this on my Facebook fan page today

  4. i love the quinoa pilaf with acorn squash! my favorite ingredients in one dish. :) i seriously eat quinoa EVERY DAY. :)

  5. Those are GORGEOUS! And I know they would taste just as good as they look.

    • Thanks Sommer! Cooking the quinoa in broth definitely bumps up the flavor in the stuffing, and I just loved the color of the acorn squash I found at the market.

  6. Even though I’m not vegetarian, I think I would be begging for one of these pretty stuffed squash. I’m bookmarking this for a future meatless meal.

  7. That looks wonderful! A perfect treat for Thanksgiving!

  8. Red quinoa isn’t all that easy to find in my part of the world, so last time I saw it in a gourmet shop, I bought a good supply. The color seems to perk up every dish it’s in, even though you could substitute regular quinoa with no change in the flavor.

    • I know red and black quinoa don’t taste any different than white, but I’m the same as you, the color is so much more vibrant. I’ve seen it at Trader Joe’s if you have one where you live.

  9. This looks delicious! I didn’t know there was even such a thing as red quinoa!

  10. What an elegant side, dish so pretty!

  11. Oh my are those squash beautiful. I, too, always have a couple meat free options for some of our guests. And I also always make one of my stuffings sans the sausage. I hope you and your family have a wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving! ;)

  12. Beautiful pictures! This recipe looks amazing!

  13. Vegetarian or not, I just love the ingredients in this dish – and the red quinoa looks so pretty inside the squash… Happy Thanksgiving Jeanette. May your family have a blessed time together.

  14. What a beautiful dish. Heck we’d eat this any day of the week. We definitely wouldn’t wait for a special holiday for this dish to make it to our table. The best part is that is simple enough for the everyday but elegant enough for guests..

  15. Jeanette, this is such a wonderful way to prepare quinoa. Love the acorn squash bowls :)

  16. Petra Maria Scheid says:

    looks delicous – i m vegetarien mostly
    so ty for inspiration

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