Sweet & Nutty Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

stuffed acorn squash
stuffed acorn squash...a simple, balanced meal

This stuffed acorn squash is perfect as a simple, balanced meal all on its own – or it can be a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner as a side dish.

Acorn squash (Cucurbita pepo) is a wonderful fall veggie that is an excellent source of many essential nutrients. This fall/winter squash provides vitamin C, necessary for normal growth and development, collagen formation, wound healing, and aids the absorption of iron, among other things (1) (2). Acorn squash is also an excellent source of carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, beneficial pro-vitamin A compounds important for eye health (1).

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a seed that when cooked is crunchy with a nutty flavor. Quinoa is a complete protein source and a good source of vitamins and minerals like folate (B9) important for tissue growth and DNA production, manganese, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and zinc which plays a role in protein and DNA synthesis, growth and dev