Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Festive and Delicious Quinoa Stuffed Vegan Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash Recipe at Colors 4 Health
Delicata Squash in Foreground


Delicata Squash is a type of heirloom squash that has thin pale yellow skin with dark green or orange stripes, and bright orange flesh inside.

Its sweet flavor is similar to butternut or acorn squash, with a slightly nuttier taste.

Some people may not have ever eaten this variety of squash, but rest assured. Delicata tastes sublime and is cost efficient.

It has the velvety texture of other winter squash, and the sweetness of sweet potatoes. 

No need to peel this variety of winter squash, because once Delicata is roasted, its skin is edible. This makes it flavorful, economical, and easy to prepare.

One 3.5 oz. serving of Delicata is only 34 calories. It's gluten free, and high in fiber. It also is a good source of Vitamin A and C. For more see  "9 Amazing Delicata Squash Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits.

Festive and Delicious Quinoa

 Stuffed Vegan Delicata  

Squash Recipe

Quinoa Stuffed Vegan Delicata Squash with tofu, garlic, and herbs makes for a pretty presentation on any holiday table, or whenever you fancy a flavorful, filling meal!


2 Delicata Squash

1 ½ cups quinoa (any variety you like) cooked according to package directions

6-8 oz. cooked tofu cubed, sliced, or mashed

3-4 garlic cloves minced fine (sauté for a few minutes in 1 teaspoon olive oil to brown)

½ cup fresh minced parsley or other fresh herb you enjoy

1 ½ teaspoon salt free Italian seasoning blend

2 Tablespoons orange juice or more to taste


What to do:

1.Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Wash outside of the Delicata squash thoroughly. Cut off the tough part on the ends, cut squash in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds and pulp with a fork. 

Prepping the squash in this way hollows out a cavity for the filling. You may discard the seeds or clean them to roast for later use.

3. Place Delicata halves face up in a roasting pan or sheet pan and roast for at least 30 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the peel. If shells seems too dry, add a drop or two of water to each.

Delicata Squash Recipe at Colors 4 Health

4. While Delicata is roasting, prepare quinoa according to package directions (15-20 minutes). 

Quinoa is Used to Stuff Delicata Squash
Quinoa Needs to be Rinsed Before Cooking It 

Although quinoa is a seed, it is prepared like a grain. It’s a complete protein, full of fiber and a good source of calcium, magnesium, and iron, making it a great alternative to grains. And it’s gluten free.

5. Combine stuffing ingredients including cooked quinoa, tofu pieces, minced garlic, seasonings, and orange juice.

6. Scoop stuffing mixture into cooked Delicata shells, and heat in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until it’s hot, browned, and fork tender.

Serve as a festive main dish with a tossed salad or other cooked veggies. 

Delicata Squash Recipe at Colors 4 Health
Roasted Quinoa Stuffed Vegan Delicata Squash with Sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts 

You may want to cook squash and quinoa one day in advance. If you do, don't put stuffing in the squash, but keep each part of the dish in containers that are refrigerated. 

Fill the cooked Delicata shells with stuffing the day of your planned lunch or dinner, and heat. 

This recipe serves four hearty eaters.

If you want to stretch the recipe or have a small appetite, cut squash halves in half. 

Serve each chunk atop a crunchy green salad. It will serve 8 for lunch or brunch this way.

Shop and eat Delicata Squash in the fall and winter (in-season) or plant and grow some in your home garden.

Eat Delicata for its flavor, eye-appeal, health benefits, and ease of preparation. 🌟

Have you ever eaten Delicata squash? Do you think you'll give it a try?

Please comment below in the comment section. I'd love to know if my recipe sounds intriguing to you.

Did you learn something new from this recipe post? Does it validate or reinforce things that you already do to enhance a healthy lifestyle and how or why?

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When you prepare meals at home, you have more control over the ingredients, and ensure you’re eating fresh, wholesome meals. 

Eating better quality food can help you look and feel healthier, boost energy, stabilize weight and mood, and improve your sleep and overall wellness.

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  1. sounds wonderful Nancy.. I do enjoy stuffing squashes but I never tried Delecata squash. Will have to give it a try.

    1. Great idea to try Delicata. Sure you'll love it. Have a beautiful day Judee.

  2. Sounds delicious Nan. I love squash but haven't tried delecata. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Sure you'll love Delicata and please let me know if you do. Have a beautiful day Beth. Hugs, Nan

  3. Hello Nancy, a pleasure meeting. Thank you for sharing your posts at Love Your Creativity. I am sure my readers will love visiting and checking our some of your recipes. I have never tried delicate squash.

    1. Thanks Linda for the visit and comment. I appreciate you hosting #LYC and look forward to participating in your party as often as I can. Have a beautiful week and be well.

  4. This looks like a healthy and delicious meal Nancy. Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you make the vegetable barley soup sometime. Enjoy the week.

    1. Thanks Julie for the visit and comment, and you are so right. This recipe for stuffed Delicata Squash is healthy and delicious. Have an amazing day and please come back again.

  5. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much for hosting this fun blog party. Have a great week as well.

  6. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 54.

    1. Thank you Carol for hosting Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 54, and your comment here at Colors 4 Health. Have a fabulous week and be well.

  7. Delicata is my favorite winter squash!! I have two on the counter right now! Thanks for sharing at the What's for DInner party - hope your week has started off great!

    1. Delicata sure is amazing and thanks for hosting What's for Dinner Sunday Link up. Keep up the good work.

  8. My favorite squash!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.

    1. My pleasure. Thanks again for hosting What's for Dinner Sunday. LOVE your fabulous blog party.

  9. Love quinoa, love squash, to what's not to love about this awesome dish. Thank you for sharing your links with us at #286 SSPS Linky. See you again next week.

    1. You are so right Esme. Squash is delicious and so likeable. Thanks for hosting #286 SSPS Linky and I'll be back again.

  10. Definitely one for me to try, Nancy. I love squash and quinoa so a win/win for me. x