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Butternut Stuffed With Quinoa

Misbah is a kitchen geek. She loves to cook for her family and loves to share her recipes.

A tasty and healthy quinoa recipe. Who wants to miss it really? The saltiness of the cheese and olives contrasts beautifully together with the sweetness of the butternut squash. It's so easy to put together and it looks perfectly great. If you have some guests around and you want to dazzle them with something a little more creative that also doesn't take too much effort, then this Mediterranean quinoa stuffed butternut squash is a terrific option. If you want to make this a vegan meal, simply leave out the feta cheese or use a tofu version of feta; it will still be terrific!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut, cut in half
  • 100 grams quinoa, Boiled
  • 100 grams feta
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 50 grams kalamata olives, cut into rings
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the butternut in half. Using an ice cream scoop, remove the seeds. Boil water in a pot halfway up, place the butternut in it, cover and cook for about 30 minutes over high heat
  2. Check the cooking by planting a knife in the flesh (without cutting into the skin). When the butternut is cooked (the flesh must be melting), remove from the heat and with a tablespoon gently scrape the inside to recover the flesh without breaking the skin.
  3. Place the flesh in a container and with a fork, crush it coarsely, reserve.
  4. Cook the quinoa in a pot of boiling water as shown on the package. Drain, then mix it with the butternut flesh.
  5. Mix diced onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pinch of nutmeg, garlic powder, shredded feta cheese, olives cut into rings, salt and pepper. Place the mixture in the empty space of the butternuts. Fill it well.
  6. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Place the stuffed butternuts in a gratin dish. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve hot. Yummy stuffed butternut is ready to enjoy with your loved ones.

Helpful Tips

1) You'll need to scoop out some of the flesh and seeds to create a place for your Mediterranean quinoa mix. Using an ice cream scoop rather than a standard spoon is the easiest way to do it.

2) You can always add vegetables of your choice

3) You can always add your favorite toppings like you can add spinach, coriander leaves, mint or parsley.

4) If you are not a vegetarian you can add shredded or stir fried chicken, tuna or any meat of your choice.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

Comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 17, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Eman. I am pleased to know you liked it. Have a great day.

Blessings and Love to you, too, dear sister

Nian from Pakistan on October 17, 2021:

This recipe sounds healthy. I never tried it before.

Thanks for sharing this unique and healthy recipe.

Many Blessings and Love to you, dear sister.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 16, 2021:

Hi, Peggy. Thank you for your sweet comment. I am glad to see you back again. I appreciate your kindness and loving heart, my dear friend. God bless you and keep you smiling.

Much Love!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Zeenat. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I hope it turns out well for you when you give it a try. Take care and stay safe.

Blessings to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 16, 2021:

Thank you for your very kind comment, Rosina. I am glad you enjoyed it, dear friend. Much appreciated. :)

Love and Blessings

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2021:

Your recipe sounds so delicious! We had some acorn squash last night. We both love butternut squash as well. Your recipe would be equally good with either squash. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Zeenat on October 15, 2021:

This looks like interesting recipe. I have never tried it but I think I will give this a try soon. Thank you!

Rosina S Khan on October 14, 2021:

I found the butternut stuffed with Quinoa very intriguing. It looks so scrumptious. I would like to try it and treat my family. Thanks for sharing, Misbah.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Hi Amara,

Try it some day. I am sure you will enjoy it. I am glad you found it interesting. Gratitude! Take care and keep smiling, dear sister.

Blessings and Lots of Love.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Brilliant Idea, Peggy. Yes, you can use acorn squash. I am glad you liked it. Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment. Take care and stay safe!

Blessings and Love to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Denise. You are like me. I also hate to waste food. That's a good habit. I am glad you liked it. Take care and stay healthy.

Many Blessings to you too

Amara from Pakistan on October 14, 2021:

Hi Misbah, your recipe sounds interesting, as I have never tried it before. So something new is always good.

Thanks for sharing sis. Love & blessing always.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2021:

This sounds so good! I bought an acorn squash the other day and may use it instead of the butternut squash. Thanks for your recipe.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 14, 2021:

This sounds really tasty and easy enough to make a vegan version. My problem is that I'm the only one who eats the squash and quinoa and these squashes are so large I can't finish it in a week of meals. I just hate throwing it away so I usually don't make one.

Blessings,

Denise

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Mr. Bill, why just passing it on? Make it for Ms. Bev ;)

This way, I'm sure she'll appreciate it even more. :)

Thank you so much for your kind comment. I appreciate your support and encouragement, Sir. Enjoy and have a blessed and wonderful rest of the week.

Blessings to you and your family.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

I am glad you liked it, Patricia. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comment. Have a great day!

Sending Blessings your way today!!! :)

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for your very kind and generous comment, MsDora. I am glad you liked it. Yes, I am feeling better today. I hope you are also doing well. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. God bless you. Amen!

Love and hugs to you!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Rebels. on October 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Liz. Much appreciated, dear friend.

Stay blessed!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 14, 2021:

I will pass this on to my wife. I am not a squash-eater.

Sending you blessings for a wonderful remainder of your week, and the love of friendship as a bonus.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 14, 2021:

Butternut squash is a favorite of mine....will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. Angels ars headed your way this morning. ps

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 14, 2021:

Thanks, Misbah. I like this recipe and will definitely try it. The feta cheese will be a cheat (and a treat) for me, but I won't do it often.

Hope you're in good spirits today.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2021:

This is a great idea for a tasty and healthy dish.

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