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Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Christine Okezie


Quinoa Stuffed Winter Squash

Yield: 4 servings

4 small acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
1 cup red quinoa
1¼ cups water
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
½ cup dried unsweetened cherries
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 scallion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Brush flesh of squash with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut-side-down on two baking sheets until tender and caramelized ,about 15 to 20 minutes.
In a small skillet over low to medium heat, toast pine nuts until deep golden brown. Set aside.
In a fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa until water runs clear.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the rinsed quinoa and dry roast, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated and you begin to smell a nutty aroma. Add water.
Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low and cover, cooking for 15 minutes or until all liquid is evaporated.
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and mix in remaining oil, goat cheese, mustard, cherries, parsley and scallion. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide filling among squash and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Christine M. Okezie, HHC, AADP (

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Christine M. Okezie, CHHC, AADP, is a natural foods chef and certified holistic health counselor. Call her at 201-889-5001 or vist

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