Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Balsamic Maple Drizzle

Any stuffed squash is a good squash, and the acorn may be my favorite. This one holds awesome flavors that include balsamic yumminess and maple sweetness with mouth-watering textures from the chickpeas, orzo, quinoa and crunchy toasted almonds.

Serves: 2 as an entree, 4 as a starter dish

Total time: 55 minutes


  • 2 medium size acorn squash
  • 1/2 package of Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains, but if you don’t have access to TJ, mix 1/4 cup each red and white quinoa, 3/4 cup couscous, 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked (canned) garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup chopped kale or spinach
  • 1 medium carrot, diced small
  • 1/2 cup sliced or chopped almonds, toasted
  • green onions, chopped fine

For the Drizzle

  • 3 Tblsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tblsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tblsp. liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Dash of salt and pepper

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