Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Herb Sauce: A Nutritious and Flavorful Vegetarian Delight

Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Herb Sauce: A Nutritious and Flavorful Vegetarian Delight

This Quinoa Stuffed Squash is a versatile dish that combines the nutty flavor of quinoa with the natural sweetness of roasted squash. The dish is topped off with a fresh herb sauce that adds a burst of flavor. It’s perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner or as a stunning centerpiece for your next gathering.


For the Stuffed Squash:

  • 2 medium acorn or butternut squashes, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Herb Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Prepare the Squash:
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Brush the cut sides of the squashes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place the squashes cut side down on the baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes, until tender.

2. Cook the Quinoa:
1. In a medium saucepan, bring vegetable broth to a boil.
2. Stir in the quinoa, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed.
3. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

3. Prepare the Filling:
1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Stir in the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
4. Add the cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, and chopped nuts. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Make the Herb Sauce:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together parsley, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

5. Assemble the Dish:
1. Turn the roasted squashes over and fill each half with the quinoa mixture.
2. Drizzle the herb sauce over the stuffed squashes.
3. Serve immediately, garnished with extra parsley or nuts if desired.

Enjoy your flavorful and nutritious Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Herb Sauce!