I’ve been really into roasted apples lately, such as in last week’s recipe for chicken in an apple cider sauce with sautéed apples and a few other recipes I’ve cooked up for my family. Apples and squash are two great fall harvest items – they are sweet, dense and filling and both taste amazing with brown sugar and cinnamon. I used Jonagold apples for this recipe, but any other tart or sweet-tart baking apple would work well. I love the way fresh herbs can really enhance the flavor of these recipes too! Find the recipe below, along with some other squash recipes, and stay tuned for another one later this month!
Roasted Apple & Quinoa Stuffed Squash
- 2 acorn squash
- 2 bags quinoa
- 4 large apples, peeled and diced
- 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Slice acorn squash and remove seeds. Place flesh-side down on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil the quinoa according to package instructions; drain.
- In a large sauté pan over low heat, toast the pecans in the 1 tsp olive oil. Stir frequently to avoid burning. Once they are toasted, remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
- In the same sauté pan, add the oil, onion and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until onions and garlic are translucent. Add apples, herbs and cinnamon. Sauté until apples are soft. Add the brown sugar, quinoa and pecans and stir over low heat until combined.
- Remove squash from the oven. If desired, add some butter or oil to the squash, then add the apple quinoa filling mixture and serve.
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