Quinoa, Kale and Bacon Stuffed Butternut Squash
This stuffed butternut squash is filling, nutritious and full of the goodness of fall.
I read this list of fall flavors recently: Flank steak, butternut squash, red quinoa, corn, Brussels sprouts, kale, candied walnuts, Chinese broccoli, Asian mushrooms, green apples, diakon sprouts, prawns, fresno peppers and scallions.
How inspiring is that list of fall ingredients?
I was actually so inspired by this list of ingredients that I created two recipes, but I’m just sharing one with you today and the next will come in a few weeks as a member of a virtual Thanksgiving potluck. Brussels sprouts are the star of that upcoming recipe and I couldn’t stop eating it. I can’t wait to share.
About this stuffed butternut squash:
For this recipe, I used butternut squash, red quinoa, kale, and scallions. And I threw some bacon and extra sharp white cheddar cheese in for good measure. This is ultimate comfort food, you guys. And it’s really quite simple to make!
You roast the squash, scoop out the insides, mix the cooked squash with all the other goodies, refill it, and then bake it a little longer! It’s crispy on top and so gooey and satisfying on the inside.
It is perfect as a main dish but would also be great as a side dish on Thanksgiving.
If you love the idea of stuffed squash, you have to try this amazing stuffed acorn squash, it’s one of my favorites!
PS: Did you know you can freeze quinoa? I always make the whole bag and then freeze it in 1-2 cup portions in freezer bags to quickly make recipes like this. It thaws easily overnight in the fridge.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 638 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 22g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 1520mg Carbohydrates: 26g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 38g
Husband’s take: Ben isn’t typically a huge squash fan, but with the addition of lots of cheese and bacon? He’s sold.
Changes I would make: None are necessary!
Difficulty: Moderate. Hollowing out the squash can be a little bit of a pain, but it’s still not bad.