Healthy Stuffed Acorn Squash **VIDEO**

January 9, 2019   14 Comments

Stuffing squash should be an easy win for the healthy crowd.

Healthy Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is beautiful, packed with fiber and vitamins, and easy to make. Check out my lighter roasted acorn squash or my roasted sugar pumpkin recipe if you are looking for a fast fix.

Right now, squash is one of the only foods that I can buy locally since the ground is frozen. Squash, potatoes.....not much else. People tend to only eat squash at Thanksgiving but that is silly! Winter squash is great all winter long.

We tend to stuff things with bread soaked in olive oil or butter, and sausage. Yikes! But stuffing can be healthy. All you have to do is choose to use ingredients that a flavorful on their own.

As you can see, I don’t have any bread or sausage in the ingredients for this stuffed squash. I used quinoa and cranberries and it tasted delicious. The key is getting the spices to complement the squash.

Anybody can make butter soaked bread taste good! Quinoa is another kind of challenge.

First, you roast the acorn squash which is incredibly easy. Acorn squash (unlike butternut) is easy to slice and clean. All you do is brush a little maple syrup on it. You don’t have to peel this squash – which is pretty much impossible anyway.

I always slice the rounded part of the squash so it sits up and doesn’t roll all over the place.

You make the stuffing while the acorn squash is roasting and it isn’t hard. I like eating this quinoa stuffing on its own. The recipe makes far more stuffing than you can put into the acorn squash and you will be glad! It is perfect to eat on a bed of spinach or on its own.

The earthiness of the quinoa pairs well with the sour, sweet cranberries. This is a great alternative to the wild rice stuffings which the low carb people are avoiding. This dish is very low in calories primarily because you aren’t using sausage or bread – but don’t tell anyone!

You can serve this with a little extra maple syrup to drizzle on top. I like to eat it warm or at room temperature.


Quinoa-Stuffed Healthy Acorn Squash Recipe

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Makes 8 servings

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1 – 2lb acorn squash or 2 1lb acorn squash
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ cup quinoa (uncooked)
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Heat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cut the squash in half down the center and clean out the seeds. Brush the inside of the squash with maple syrup and roast for 40 minutes or until tender.

While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa in a fine meshed sieve. Heat quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed – about 10 minutes.

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until softened (about 3 minutes). Add almonds to toast for about 2 minutes. Remover the pan from heat and add cook quinoa, onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice, dried cranberries, and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

When acorn squash is ready, stuff with quinoa mixture. Serve immediately or store separately for later consumption.

Nutrition Facts

One serving is 140 calories, 4.6 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 23.3 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g sugar, 3.5 g protein, 3.6 g fiber, 7 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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After cutting and cleaning, I bake my acorn squash at 350 degrees till almost fork tender, then fill cavity with maple syrup and sausage and bake another 30 minutes. I used to add about 1 teaspoon butter but recently have not been doing that. Just realizing after all these years, been cutting squash in half wrong too!

Can you do this with Delacata squash?

This looks beautiful and healthy, two of my favorites. Another suggestion, for individual servings, I've cut the squash into 4 or 5 rings and after baking filled each with stuffing. Makes a nice but smaller presentation.

Made this yesterday, surprised that I had everything on hand (except for fresh parsley). Absolutely delicious. I would have never thought to combine cumin, cinnamon and ginger! So good.

@Christine - so glad you liked it! thanks for coming back and sharing your experience.

Will definitely be making this. Thank you.


A delicious easy VEGAN dish!! Since 2019 has been officially declared the Year of the Vegan, PLEASE...More vegan recipes !!


Here is a link to a recipe I love for Roasted Squash Toss from Sunny Anderson using both butternut and acorn squash although I often just make it with butternut. You may need to adjust the amount of red chili flakes as it is pretty spicy with the suggested amount.…

This looks more like 4 servings ( using the 2 smaller squash) than 8.

I love most squash. Thanks for the great recipe!

I love your recipes and like to copy them for my home file but your 'print' option does not include the picture of the finished product. Can you make that adjustment for folks like me. I'm a visual. Thanks

It looks like 4 servings, rather than 8. Are they still 140 each or double that if you only have 4 halves with this recipe. Thanks!

I am also confused. Are you saying 1 large or 2 small squash makes 8 servings? 3

There has been an acorn squash in my counter for a couple of weeks just waiting for this recipe! I read recently the squash peel is edible so I may give that a try, too.

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