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Moroccan Stuffed Squash

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If you’re on the hunt for a dish that combines rich flavors, varied textures, and a beautiful presentation, look no further than Moroccan Stuffed Squash. With a blend of sweet and savory elements, this dish showcases the versatility of acorn squash as a perfect vessel for a medley of ingredients that include quinoa, kale, and pomegranate seeds. The Moroccan seasoning and cocoa powder give it an exotic flair, while staples like walnuts and Brussels sprouts contribute to its textural complexity.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply enjoying a special evening meal, this recipe is bound to impress. It’s perfect for 2 to 4 servings, so it can be a romantic meal or a main course for a small gathering. Plus, with a prep time of just 25 minutes and a cooking time of about 30 to 35 minutes, you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to create something delicious and visually appealing.

Why You’ll Love Moroccan Stuffed Squash

  • A Harmonious Blend of Flavors: Moroccan Stuffed Squash combines exotic and comforting flavors. The mix of Moroccan seasoning and cocoa powder creates a unique taste that complements the sweetness of the acorn squash and Dvash dates.
  • Nutritious and Filling: This dish is nutrient-rich, offering fiber and vitamins from the squash and kale, protein from the quinoa, and antioxidants from the pomegranate seeds. It’s a satisfying meal that doesn’t feel heavy.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its complex flavor profile and beautiful presentation, this dish is easy to prepare. The recipe consists of simple steps that are straightforward to follow, suitable for cooks of all levels.
  • Versatile Serving Options: The recipe is designed for 2 to 4 servings, making it adaptable for different dining situations. It can act as a main course for a smaller group or a side dish, and the recipe can also be doubled for larger gatherings.
  • Ideal for Special Occasions: The visually appealing presentation, enhanced by pomegranate seeds, makes this dish suitable for special occasions. Its intricate flavors and rich textures set it apart from regular everyday meals.

What You Need To Make Moroccan Stuffed Squash

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking dish
  • Oven

Ingredients You Need To Make Moroccan Stuffed Squash

  • Acorn squash
  • Dino kale
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Moroccan seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Cumin
  • Cocoa powder
  • Walnuts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Leeks
  • Orange (zested and juiced)
  • Apple
  • Dvash dates
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Olive oil

How To Make Moroccan Stuffed Squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the quartered acorn squash in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt over them.
  3. Cook until tender, approximately 30-35 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all remaining ingredients except for the pomegranate seeds.
  5. Remove the squash from the oven and top each piece with the prepared filling mixture.
  6. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, top with pomegranate seeds, and enjoy.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of squash?

Acorn squash works well for this recipe due to its size and texture, but you could also try using butternut or delicata squash.

Can I make this dish vegan?

The recipe is already vegan as it uses plant-based ingredients. No substitutions are needed.

How can I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I prepare the filling in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the filling a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. This can help save time on the day you plan to serve the dish.

Moroccan Stuffed Squash

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Baking Dish
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash quartered and seeds removed
  • 1 bunch of dino kale chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 tsp moroccan seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup brussel sprouts thinly slice
  • 1/4 cup leeks thinly sliced
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1/2 cup of Dvash dates finely chop
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add the acorn squash to a baking dish, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of kosher salt over the acorn squash.
  • Cook until tender, approx. 30-35 mins.
  • In a bowl add the rest of the ingredients (minus the pomegranate seeds), mix.
  • Remove the squash, top with the filling mixture and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove, top with pomegranate seeds and enjoy!
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Moroccan Stuffed Squash offers an enriching culinary experience in every bite. From its complex flavor profiles courtesy of the Moroccan seasoning and cocoa powder to its nutrient-dense ingredients like kale and quinoa, this dish is both a feast for the eyes and a boon for your health. Its ease of preparation makes it accessible for any home cook, yet its sophisticated blend of textures and flavors make it suitable for special occasions.

Enjoy this dish for its luxurious taste, its aesthetic presentation, and the sheer joy it brings to the dining table.

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