Squash contains an abundance of nutrients and also helps to:
Boost the immune system: Acorn squash is a great source of vitamin C, which stimulates white blood cell formation and defends the body from unwanted pathogens and germs
Help skin health: Due to the high quantities of vitamin A, acorn squash is excellent for the skin in keeping its youthful appearance, helps eliminate blemishes and scars, and speeds up the wound healing process.
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Yields 2 Servings
1 acorn squash cut in half
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries
1 medium carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons feta (optional)
1. Set oven at 400F. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
2. Drizzle olive oil on the cut side of the squash and place cut side down on baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, or until soft.
3. Cook quinoa accordingly. Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to a bowl with remaining tablespoon oil, walnuts, almonds, parsley, shredded carrot, dried cranberries and salt and pepper.
4. Once squash is finished cooking, add quinoa mixture to the center of the squash and serve.
Tip: Once squash is finished cooking scoop out a few tablespoons of squash from the middle to fit more quinoa mixture.
Add a couple tablespoons of organic feta cheese or goat cheese, for you cheese lovers.
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