Quinoa-Stuffed Squash

  • allisonjessee Posted: 10/29/11
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    This was good! It takes awhile, but a lot of the time is hands-off. Next time we might add a little bit of crushed red pepper or something to give it a little flavor. But overall it was tasty, and it was fun eating out of the squash.

  • jmeleeS Posted: 10/31/11
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    After the first time making this dish, I craved it again two weeks later! It's very filling & simple to make! I made a few modifications however - I only used two squashes, added more garlic, one jalapeno, used a whole roll of zesty hot pork sausage (store was out of turkey), and used pepper jack cheese. I only used 1 cup cooked quinoa and it was perfect (I used Indian red - boiled in veg broth). I was shocked to see that the roasted squash wasn't actually stirred into the stuffing and it seemed more for "show." So, I decided to scoop out the cooked squash pulp and stirred it into the quinoa mixture. Just by preferrence, I washed out the 11 x 7 dish I used for the microwave step, dried it, sprayed it with cooking spray and put the mixture in a casserole type setting. Sprinkling the whole top with pepper jack and then broiling for the 4 minutes on high leaves an AMAZING crisp cheese topping. Even my husband loved it (he hates squash) - it's a keeper - Enjoy (immediately)! = )

  • skspillman Posted: 12/03/11
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    These are amazing! This would be the perfect meal to serve at a fall dinner party--definitely impressive! I used 2 acorn squash and 2 golden nugget. I added a cup of chopped celery and doubled the filling recipe. (I served it as leftovers without squash and it was delicious.) I will definitely make these again. They were very filling and hearty. The squash cooked to a smooth, buttery consistency that was delicious when scooped out with the filling.

  • lovingstitches Posted: 12/06/11
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    We loved this! My son is vegetarian, and it was great without the sausage. I used jalapeno jack cheese to make up for the lack of sausage.

  • detailaddict Posted: 12/06/11
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    I really liked the idea of this (hence the four stars), but it wasn't as good as it could have been. The filling was a bit salty, possibly because I used homemade turkey sausage, so next time I would cut the salt in half or omit entirely. Also I had to substitute golden acorn squashes, which had a stringy texture and lacked flavor. The main benefit for now is that this is VERY filling - neither of us could finish our servings. I served this with CL Swiss Chard with Creme Fraiche (same issue). I would try this again (even though the husband was nonplussed), but with a different squash.

  • LisaSmith Posted: 11/06/11
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    This was a good recipe. The squash was very good. Even the kids ate it! I added celery, and everyone agreed that adding apple or pear as well would have been nice.

  • LoniRV Posted: 12/19/11
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    Wow! This was AMAZING!! I served this alone and my boyfriend and I were stuffed. I did make some modifications to the recipe, which I think made the meal: 1. Instead of hot turkey sausage I used the same amount of pork chorizo. This gave the dish a nice spicy flavor. 2. I added dried cranberries to the dish while I was sauteing the carrots, onions, and garlic. They got a little bit of flavor this way and then re-constituted when the 1/2 cup of water came to a boil. This gave the dish a little bit of sweet/sour zip. 3.. I used maybe a 1/3 of the cheese the recipe called for. It doesn't need that much, and it helps cut back on some the calories added by the pork. 4. While the water was boiling, I candied walnuts. I used these to top off the mixture after I added it to the squash (instead of cheese). Both my boyfriend and I really loved the taste of this meal, and the squash turned out perfect too! I used acorn squash and they were great. Highly recommend!

  • JennieBean Posted: 11/17/11
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    This was amazing! My husband loved it and could not wait to take the leftovers to work with him! I will make this again and again!

  • alliecarr Posted: 11/04/11
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    We really liked this dish. I added celery, and cooked chicken sausage and the flavor was great. Instead of the 4 small, I used two medium sized pumpkins. To serve, I quartered them and they didn't fall apart, surprisingly. We scooped out the squash as we ate and it worked pretty well. We'll definitely make this again.

  • dshadd Posted: 01/16/12
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    Good. Needed an extra kick. Next time I will add some red peooer and maybe pine nuts for some crunchy texture.

  • gardenjunkie77 Posted: 01/18/12
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    I used this recipe for stuffed bell peppers. I substituted ingredients with hot chicken sausage and red onion, and I think it turned out great. I'd like to try it with squash next time ( when I have more time to cook.)

  • cjayson8 Posted: 12/24/12
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    Delicious! Used 2 acorn squashes and microwaved for 11 minutes (wasn't enough time), used sun-dried tomato and spinach sausage from TJs, and pepper jack cheese (gave it a spicy kick), and added spinach. So filling and something I'd make again in a heartbeat. It did take a bit of time to throw together, but so worth it! I also roasted acorn squash seeds with Mrs. Dash for 15ish minutes as a snack.

  • ckrene Posted: 11/05/12
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    I couldn't find golden nugget squashes so I substituted acorn squash. I've made this twice now and it is delicious! Besides the squash, I did not change anything. Acorn squash appear to have more "meat" than the golden nugget, being so, it is a complete meal that takes less than an hour to prepare and has loads of visual appeal as well!! Like other cooked the quinoa in chicken stock to add flavor, also my hand held Cuisinart chopper made quick work of the carrots. Try this, it's outstanding!

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 11/21/13
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    Loved this, did make some modifications including using pork sausage and acorn squash. Did everything all in one pot, see full review at http://www.dishoverdinner.com/2013/11/quinoa-and-sausauge-stuffed-squash.html

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