Pumpkins get a lot of attention, but they’re not the only members of the gourd family — the butternut squash is a great fall vegetable and packed with nutrients. Butternut squash is easy to cook with and blends really well with other flavors, as witnessed here with mushrooms. Try it and see how easily this could become a staple in your dinner rotation!
4 lbs. butternut squash; 2 regular-sized squashes
2 cups quinoa
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 450º F
Cut squashes in half, take the seeds out and place, cut side up, in two 11×7 baking dishes. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil (one tablespoon per squash), and add 1/4 inch of water to baking dishes.
Cover baking dishes with foil and bake for around 40 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.
Reduce oven temperature to 375º F
In a small pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil and then add quinoa. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa has absorbed all water. Remove from heat.
In a pan, heat remaining olive oil and sauté mushrooms and onions on medium heat. Add in the garlic after a few minutes. Cook until fragrant and onions are translucent.
After squash has cooled, scoop out the insides, leaving about a 1/4 inch of flesh.
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, butternut squash, mushrooms, onions and garlic. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon mixture back into the hollow butternut squashes and return them to the over to back for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
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