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Quinoa and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings
Notes: Up to 1 day ahead, make grain stuffing and bake squash. Reheat grain mixture in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until steaming, 9 to 11 minutes; stir occasionally. Spoon hot filling into cold cooked squash and bake, covered, in a 350° oven until interior of the squash is hot, about 35 minutes.


  • 10 to 12 Sweet Dumpling, Carnival, or Delicata squash (about 3/4 lb. each)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions (1 lb. total), chopped
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 5 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves or 2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • protein 10 g
  • fat 6.4 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • carbohydrate 65 g
  • fiber 9.5 g
  • sodium 73 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse squash, pierce each with a fork several times, and set in a 10- by 15-inch pan. Add 3/4 cup water to pan and cover tightly with foil.

  2. Bake in a 350° oven until the squash are tender when pierced, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, in a 4- to 5-quart pan, stir chopped pecans over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan.

  4. Add olive oil, onions, and celery to the pan; stir over medium-high heat until the onions are limp, about 6 minutes. Add vegetable broth, wild rice, and sage. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in quinoa, cover, and simmer until both of the grains are tender to bite, 15 to 20 minutes longer.

  5. Stir in apricots, cherries, cranberries, and pecans. Add salt to taste. Keep warm until squash are ready.

  6. When the squash are cooked, hold with a thick towel to protect hands, and cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch off tops (or sides of Delicata) to form lids. Scoop out and discard seeds. If needed, trim a little off squash bases so they sit steady and level.

  7. Mound grain stuffing into squash cavities. Set squash lids on filling and serve, adding salt to taste.