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Stuffed Squash with Fruit and Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf


A recipe to Detox healthfully – Pump up your servings of fruits, vegetables and grains…naturally

Cooking For Health - Squash Stuffed with a Quinoa Pilaf

It’s December, and making healthful food choices can sure be a challenge!
Simply detoxify your body by pumping up your servings of fruits,  vegetables and grains. Make sensible choices adding real, natural foods that are grown in the earth, replacing processed foods laden with chemicals and preservatives.
You can increase your energy and reset your frame of mind – end cravings and flush out toxins in your system (too much alcohol and pecan pie anyone?)

Our body has it’s own natural detoxification system, and there is a lot we can do to help out – by eating the right kinds of foods which many call “clean eating.”

This recipe is a perfect example of increasing your daily foods to include nourishing, naturally antioxidant choices.
Winter quashes (which are actually grown in the summer and harvested in the fall) contains only 80 calories a cup, are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin c (50% of your daily needs!) magnesium and potassium (more than a banana!)

Detoxifying ingredients are in bold print.
Roasting a squash is a breeze, simply cut in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in the oven, cut-side down until softened.

A quinoa pilaf comes together quickly too! Rinsed quinoa is simply cooked in water with some turmeric (we’re detoxing…remember?) In 15 minutes you are ready to fluff the grains.
Sauté your ingredients in extra virgin olive oil – great choices are: baby portobello mushrooms, shallots, garlic, kale and apples (with their skins on). Fresh cranberries (can use unsweetened dried too), lemon rind, parsley and basil will be added to the pilaf.

To serve, add the warmed pilaf, piled up, to the squash halves. Cut a wedge and enjoy!
Add a drizzle of my lemony tahini dressing and some sesame seeds for a extra boost of flavor, it’s optional but wonderful.

Remember, the word “detox” is mostly synonymous with overboard juice cleanses and a meat, gluten, dairy, sugar alcohol and caffeine free diet. But I’m suggesting refocusing on nutritious foods that happen to be quite tasty, and keep your body healthy and energized.


Acorn Squash (left) Blue Hubbard Squash (right)

Choose your desired squash, slice in half, scoop out seeds and roast

Ingredients for the Fruit & Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Saute the Fruits, Vegetables and Seasonings

Add the Quinoa and stir to incorporate all the flavors

Add some Lemony Tahini Dressing and toasted Sesame Seeds if desired

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