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Quinoa and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This is the perfect pairing of sweet apples and maple with quinoa and pecans. You gets lots of different textures from the creamy roasted acorn, and the crunch from the apples and pecans.

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Ingredients
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Servings:
4
Serves 4
1
Acorn Squash
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
Whole Coriander Seeds
1 tsp
Fennel Seeds
1/2 tsp
1 Tbsp
Brown Sugar
1 cup
1 slice
Pancetta
or Chopped Olives or Capers with Golden Raisins
1/2 Tbsp
Fresh Thyme Leaves
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CALORIES
318
FAT
13.9 g
PROTEIN
11.2 g
CARBS
38.3 g

Directions

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step 2
Prepare the Quinoa (1 cup) according to package's instructions if you haven't already.
Step 3
Grate the Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup). Chiffonade the Sage Leaves (4). Peel and dice the Apple (1). Dice the Pancetta (1 slice) and chop the Fresh Thyme Leaves (2 teaspoon).
Step 4
Cut the Acorn Squash (1) half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Set the cut side down on a cutting board. Halve it again lengthwise. Place on a roasting pan and coat each with Olive Oil (2 teaspoon).
Step 5
In a mortar and pestle, grind together the whole Whole Coriander Seeds (1 teaspoon) and Fennel Seeds (1 teaspoon) Mix in the Kosher Salt (1/2 teaspoon), Brown Sugar (1 tablespoon) Stir to combine. Sprinkle the spice blend evenly over squash. Bake 20 minutes.
Step 6
Meanwhile, heat remaining Olive Oil (4 teaspoon) in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add pancetta and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a folded paper towel to drain.
Step 7
Add sage and thyme to pan and cook until crispy, 1-2 minutes. Reserve fat in the pan and transfer herbs to the same paper towel as the pancetta. Add the diced apple to the pan and cook over medium high heat until softened, 2-3 minutes.
Step 8
In a medium bowl, combine cooked quinoa, pancetta, herbs, Apple and Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup). Toss to combine. Fill acorn squash with quinoa stuffing. If stuffing seems dry, drizzle extra olive oil over the squash boats.
Step 9
Heat in oven for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through. Serve.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
318
% Daily Value*
Fat
13.9 g
18%
Saturated Fat
3.5 g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
9.4 mg
3%
Carbohydrates
38.3 g
14%
Fiber
4.4 g
16%
Sugars
5.7 g
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Protein
11.2 g
22%
Sodium
482.0 mg
21%
Vitamin D
0.1 µg
0%
Calcium
185.7 mg
14%
Iron
2.6 mg
14%
Potassium
409.7 mg
9%
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