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Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash

by Rachel Gaewski • featured in 3 Vegetarian Holiday Mains

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons
    olive oil, divided
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup
    chickpeas (150 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon
    dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup
    quinoa, uncooked (85 g)
  • 1 ½ cups
    vegetable broth (355 mL)
  • 2 cups
    kale (135 g)
  • ¼ cup
    pumpkin seeds (30 g)
  • ¼ cup
    dried cranberries (30 g)

Special Equipment

  • cooking twine

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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  3. Drizzle halves with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Bake squash for 45-50 minutes until soft enough to scoop, but not completely cooked. Set aside to let cool.
  5. In pot or sauté pan over medium heat, add one tablespoon olive oil. Then add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Then sauté until chickpeas are golden and spices are fragrant.
  7. Add quinoa to pan, stirring constantly, toast quinoa for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  9. After 15-20 minutes, uncover and stir in kale. Then cover and let simmer for five more minutes or until kale is wilted.
  10. Stir in pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and sauté for 3-5 more minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  11. Scoop out insides of squash leaving a 1-inch (2 cm) border around the edge. Then scoop quinoa mixture into squash halves until full.
  12. Carefully flip one squash half on top of the other.
  13. Using 5 pieces of cooking twine, carefully tie the two squash halves together into 6 equally spaced sections.
  14. Return stuffed squash to oven for 5-10 more minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes. To serve, Cut thick slices using twine to hold squash halves together.
  16. Enjoy!
 

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