Savouring Saturday: Sausage & Quinoa stuffed Acorn Squash

Well maybe where you live,  it’s cold out and you want a nice warm winter dinner? Or if you are here in So Cal,  you are out on a gorgeous hike enjoying the sunshine and wanting to eat healthy and be active? HA! Well whatever your “winter” is looking like I hope you enjoy this tasty meal and all the flavors! This is one of those easy to throw together meals that comes out gorgeous and gourmet-impressive. And think of my recipe as just an inspiration, what else can you stuff in that acorn squash??! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn halves/de-seeded
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup bell peppers
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle acorn squash halves with ½ tablespoon olive oil per squash half. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.
  3. While the squash is cooking, heat a large sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sausage and brown. Add the onion, broccoli, garlic, red bell pepper, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is tender and translucent.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Stir in the cooked quinoa.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the roasted acorn squash halves. Top with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot. YUM!

IMG_7298IMG_7299Chop and de-gut those gorgeous acorn squashes!

IMG_7301Ready to roast?

IMG_7302All chopped and ready for cookin’

IMG_7303Smell that amazingness!

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Enjoy!!

xoxo

Sam

 

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