Sage, Cranberry And Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

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IMG_8330.jpgDo you ever bite into something and think, “wow, this tastes just like summer/fall/winter/spring in one bite”? Yeah, this recipe is fall in one bite! My Sage, Cranberry And Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash is packed with all the warming goodness of fall and packs a nutritional punch. With the quinoa, chickpeas and squash, you get a decent amount of fibre and protein, and the cranberries add perfect sweetness!IMG_8222.jpg While the butternut squash roasts, you can easily throw together the quinoa and chickpea filling. You’ll likely have some extra filling, and this allows you to make an abundant, overflowing display of the stuffed squashes when serving (or you can sneak a bowl for yourself before your guests arrive! 😉 )IMG_8230.jpgYou could stop after you’ve added the butternut squash to the quinoa mixture and skip the part where you fill the squash skin. But adding stuffing to the squash lends a nicer display for your dining table, especially if you’re serving this for guests.IMG_8321.jpg Considering Thanksgiving is next month in Canada, you could use this as a vegan side for your dinner get-together. Plus, it accommodates gluten-free folks, so you’ve got a dish accommodating various diets! I hope you love this recipe as much as I’ve loved making it for you! It’s one of my favourites to date. Enjoy!

Sage, Cranberry and Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

This hearty roasted squash dish is packed with the aromas and favours of fall, as well as fibre, protein and heart-healthy fats to make it a complete meal or a tasty side!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, quinoa, squash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Author: Megan Horsley


  • 1 Staub Rectangular Baking Dish 10.5" x 7.5"


Butternut squash

  • 1 butternut squash small-medium sized, halved and seeded
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • salt and pepper


  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2/3 cup quinoa dry
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed
  • 5 leaves sage finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


Roast the Butternut Squash

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Place the butternut squash halves in a baking dish.
  • Brush the squash with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Poke holes in the squash flesh with a fork to help speed up the cooking process.
  • Roast for 40 minutes or until the flesh is soft and there is some browning.
  • Slice the squash lengthwise and widthwise creating a grid. Using a spoon, scoop out the chunks of squash and set aside to use in the filling. Keep the squash skin to fill later with the quinoa filling.


  • Sauté the shallot and celery for a few minutes until the mixture starts to brown.
  • Add the quinoa, stock and cranberries. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for 15 minutes, covered.
  • Once cooked, add the sage, chickpeas and squash chunks, mixing the filling well.
  • Scoop filling into the roasted butternut squash and return to the oven at 400F for 5-10 minutes, until the filling gets a bit of browning on the top. Alternatively, you can broil on low for 1-2 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a side salad or as a side with a main.

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