Stuffed Confetti Squash
My daughter’s been after me to make some quinoa for dinner and suggested I stuff it into something. Since it’s fall my first thought was to stuff it into an Acorn Squash.
I headed over to the market figuring they’d have plenty but were out. Instead they had Carnival Squash also a winter squash, from the same family. Carnival Squash is shaped like a tiny pumpkin, slightly sweeter than Acorn Squash, similar in flavor to butternut squash and sweet potatoes, with a thick skin in tones of fall – yellow, orange, and green. This pumpkin shaped vegetable is not only highly nutritious, but low in fat and carbohydrates, I couldn’t resist!
I would have been thrilled to make this strictly a vegetarian one pot meal, but knew my husband would groan about it, so opted to add ground chicken to my mix. However, if you’re vegetarian or vegan simply omit the ground chicken, and in place of chicken broth use vegetable broth. Both my kids loved this and since I had extra, my son took one home with him to have the next day. My husband however, saw the squash and refused to eat it. He did eat the stuffing though.
As with any fruit or vegetable be sure to wash it well before slicing. Any residue left on the skin will pass through to the flesh when cut, so clean well.
Below are the details for my Stuffed Confetti Squash – I think you’ll enjoy it.
Stuffed Confetti Squash
- 2 Carnival Squash, cut in half and seeded
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
- 5 oz. fresh spinach, rinsed
- 1 red Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 whole shallot, diced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground chicken breasts (omit if vegetarian or vegan) can sub with tofu
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
What a beautiful dish. I love how you stuffed the squash, the stuffing sounds yummy and healthy.
It was. My son took an extra one home with him and told me he can’t wait until I make it again. He loved it.
How yummy Vicki. I’ve never tried carnival squash but from you’re description I know I’d love them! I’ll bet your daughter was thrilled with your dinner!
She was and then my son stopped by so we all enjoyed it. My husband liked the insides but refused to try the squash. He’s not very adventurous when it comes to food.
I love winter squashes, Vicki. The quinoa filling looks very delicious too.
It was, I hope you’ll try it.
What a yummy filling, Vicki…I need to make more quinoa dishes. My hubby would need the meat, too…
I’m shocked my husband actually ate the quinoa. I’m not sure what he thought it was but I didn’t tell him until after he liked the dish.
Delish dish! I’m loving all the squash that’s in the stores at the moment. But I rarely stuff squash – I need to do that, and soon. 😉 Thanks for this.
I’m not sure I would have thought of it but my daughter suggested I stuff quinoa in peppers. When I got to the store and saw those squash I decided I had to try stuffing those instead. It turned out delicious and added to the moistness and flavor of the dish.
Your squash does look very colourful and delicious 😀
Thank you. I hope you’ll give it a try.
I do make squash and serve it with quinoa but never stuffed it. look so yummy!
It’s a great way for a complete meal in one. My family loved it. It was so flavorful, moist and healthy. I hope you’ll try it.
Quinoa makes such a great stuffing, these squash looks fabulous. Thanks for stopping by Savoring Today and taking time to comment — it was nice to find your blog. The first thing I noticed was that you were in Missouri, I grew up near Hannibal and still have much of my family in Columbia–it’s a great state of good people. 🙂
Yes Missouri does have a lot of nice people. I’m always happy when traveling to come home. I hope you’ll try my dish. Thanks for stopping by.
I was just thinking of stuffed squash – and here is a wonderful recipe ! perfect – it looks SO good!
Thanks Mary it was. It didn’t last long around here. It’s delicious and healthy. What could be better.
Those squash are very pretty and I think this would be a wonderful meal that’s full of flavour. What a shame your husband doesn’t like squash! I love it xx
It was delicious! My husband doesn’t like a lot of food but that’s ok, I’m used to it. He just doesn’t know what he’s missing.
Looks beautiful and delicious, I like that you have all you need in a meal in the stuffing…looks awesome Vicki…perfect meal!
Have a wonderful week 😀
l like that part too Juliana. A meal all in one. I hope you’ll try it.
My brother grows those colorful squash- they’re so good! I love the stuffing in these, and I’m pretty sure that everyone here would enjoy it! 🙂
How fun! I don’t have a green thumb, although I’m pretty sure if I did I still wouldn’t be able to grow these. How great though to have them in your own backyard (or your brothers) to eat.
I’ve done stuffed eggplant but never squash! Great idea!!
It’s really good and compared to eggplant, the Carnival Squash has a sweeter taste. It’s delicious, IMO!
That’s great your daughter is craving quinoa. I think I only recently got my husband to enjoy it. LOL As the stuffing in a squash, it definitely looks like a winner.
It was definitely a winner! When my family asks for me to make it again, I know I’ve hit the jackpot.
My daughter is 24 so her palate is a bit more sophisticated than someone in elementary school, but even still I think once most try quinoa they love it, especially if prepared flavorful.
Your Stuffed Confetti Squash is so beautiful and healthy too. This is a perfect dish for Fall. 🙂
It is perfect and so satisfying. I love dessert after a meal but honestly didn’t feel like I needed it after this. It totally nourished me. I hope you’ll try it.