Stuffed Acorn Squash
This vegan stuffed acorn squash works well as a Thanksgiving main dish but it can be enjoyed anytime for a healthy, filling plant-based meal. This recipe is gluten-free and oil-free.
How to Make Stuffed Acorn Squash
The great thing about stuffed squash is it looks a little fancy but it’s super easy to make. Before you prepare the squash, start cooking some brown rice if you don’t have any cooked brown rice on hand.
1. Bake the acorn squash.
To prepare the acorn squash for this recipe, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, cut the squash half from the stem to the bottom tip then scoop the seeds out with a spoon.
Next, sprinkle each half with a little salt and pepper and bake the squash cut side down on a baking try until you can easily pierce it with a fork. This should take about 30-40 minutes.
2. Make the stuffing.
When the squash has about 20 minutes left, you can start making the stuffing. The stuffing is made with:
- veggies – you’ll need onion, garlic and celery
- herbs – I used sage, thyme and rosemary
- cranberries and pecans
- brown rice
Start by cooking the onion, garlic and celery, then add the herbs, then the apple. Once the apple is starting to soften, stir in the pecans, cranberries and cooked brown rice, cook for few more minutes, season with salt and pepper and that’s it!
When the squash is ready, fill each half with stuffing serve right away.
This is a very filling meal, packed with loads of nutrition. Healthy carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids are all in there, along with a bunch of vitamins and minerals sure to make your body happy.
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and has no added sugar if you use unsweetened dried cranberries.
- You can use any whole grain in place of brown rice. White rice, farro, quinoa or freekeh all work well.
- Raisins or chopped dates are fine if you don’t have cranberries.
- Chickpeas make a nice addition, just mix them in with the rice, pecans and cranberries.
- Walnuts or slivered almonds work in place of pecans.
- Use pumpkin seeds instead of pecans to make this recipe nut-free.
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- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut each squash in half from the stem to the bottom tip and remove the seeds with a spoon.
- Sprinkle each half with salt and pepper and place cut side down on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until you can easily pierce with a fork.
- When the squash has about 15 minutes left, add the celery, garlic and onion to a skillet with a few tablespoons of water. Cook over medium heat for 6-7 minutes until softened.
- Add the apple and herbs, mix and cook for 4-5 more minutes. If the pan starts to get dry, add a few more splashes of water.
- Add the cooked brown rice, cranberries and pecans and cook for 4-5 more minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
- Once the squash is cooked, remove from the oven and fill each half with the stuffing.
- Serve right away topped with chopped fresh parsley. Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 days.
Keywords: vegan stuffed squash, healthy, rice, thanksgiving, christmas, gluten-free
This recipe was originally published October 29, 2013. It was updated September 2019 with new photos, improved instructions and a revised recipe.