- 2 acorn squashes
- 2 Tbsps avocado oil
- 2 tsps organic honey or maple sirup
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and well drained
- 1 onion, chopped small
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 Tbsps avocado oil
- 1 tsp harissa (hot red pepper paste)
- 1 roasted red pepper, seeded and cut in small cubes
- 1/2 cup roasted cashews, chopped and make 2 portions of 1/4 cup each
- 1/4 cup golden raisins or cranberries
- 1/2 cup non-dairy mozzarella shreds cheese (daiya), make 2 portions of 1/4 cup each
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- Wash and cut the acorns in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Brush the cut sides with some oil, season with salt and pepper.
- Place the acorns face down on a cookie sheet that is lined with a parchment paper and bake them for 40 minutes at 400F (200C).
- While the acorns are baking, make the stuffing
- Cook the quinoa in some boiling water with a little salt. For 1/2 cup quinoa, use 1 cup of water. Boil for 12-15 minutes. When fully cooked, rinse under cold water, let it drain and set aside.
- In a large pan, heat the avocado oil, sauté the onion and garlic a few minutes. Add in the cooked quinoa, harissa, roasted red peppers, half of the chopped cashews, raisins or cranberries. Heat this mixture while stirring and then add the nondairy cheese to melt and the cilantro. Season to taste.
- When the acorns are cooked to the right tenderness, brush them some honey or maple sirup.
- Stuff the acorn halves with the quinoa mixture. Add on more nondairy cheese and the leftover half of chopped cashews and bake in the oven for another 10 minutes, just to melt the cheese on top and reheat the squash halves.
- Serve hot with a sprinkle of cilantro for presentation.
This vegetarian dish can be served as a main meal or used as a side dish. Quinoa is gluten free as it is not a cereal grain but an herbaceous plant. It offers all the essential amino acids that we need and is an excellent source of plant-based protein (8.1 grams per cup). Quinoa also contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and nearly all the B complex vitamins. All in all, it is a great addition to your diet.