Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pureed Purple Cauliflower and Red Quinoa

I know what you're thinking...

Trust me, it works. The combination of sweet and tender squash, smooth and savory pureed purple cauliflower and the delicate nuttiness of red quinoa come together in an unexpected, yet delicious way.

Recipes don't always have to be complicated with a long list of overwhelming ingredients. In fact, some of the best meals are simple foods, simply prepared.

Roasted acorn squash tastes great all by itself.

Cauliflower also come in an orange and purple variety. The only difference between these and the white variety are some of the vitamins and antioxidants. The purple cauliflower, which I used for this recipe, contain the same antioxidant as purple grapes and purple cabbage.

Sadly, there is no nutritional difference among different colors of quinoa. Red and white alike have high concentrations of complete protein, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. But it does look pretty. And its gluten free, for those of you who need to know.

So that's it... 3 (ish) ingredients!

Serves 4
2 Acorn Squash, halved and seeds removed
1 large purple cauliflower (or white if you can't find it)
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
1 TB vegan butter (earth balance)
1/4 cup non dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, hemp, etc)
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 400.
Place prepared acorn squash cut side down on a non stick or sprayed baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until soft. If a fork goes through the skin after 30 minutes, its done!
White the squash is cooking, combine quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all water has absorbed.
Wash and steam cauliflower until soft. Transfer to a food processor and blend until chunky. Add the vegan butter, non dairy milk and salt and blend until smooth and creamy.

Scoop prepared cauliflower into squash and top with quinoa. That's it!! My 17 month old ate almost an entire half tonight. Big win for Mommy!

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