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These quinoa recipes apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, onions, and sage, which is a lot, but it works. These squash rings make a wonderful main dish for vegetarian. They also make a great appetizer recipes dish for the meat eaters. No one is going to add a ginormous squash half to his or her plate on top of turkey and all the sides, but a squash ring is a different story. Everyone has room for a squash ring!

Ingredients olive oil mister or cooking spray 1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed thoroughly 1 c. vegetable broth 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 apple, cored and diced 1/2 c. shredded sharp, aged or smoked cheddar cheese 1/4 c. dried cranberries 2 tbsp. chopped sage 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts salt + pepper to taste 1 egg, whisked 3 small acorn or sweet dumpling squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices (remove seeds & guts) 1 tbsp. butter, melted 1 tbsp. maple syrup

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray or oil and place squash rings on sheets. Cook quinoa in broth according to package directions. Cool slightly. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook about 10 minutes, or until onion is just beginning to brown. Add apple and cook about 5 minutes more, until apple is softened. Allow to cool slightly. Combine quinoa, apple and onion mixture, cheese, cranberries, sage, and walnuts in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in egg. In a small bowl, combine butter and maple syrup. Brush tops and insides of squash rings with butter mixture; season with salt and pepper. Stuff quinoa filling into the center of each squash ring, pressing down to fit as much stuffing as possible without overflowing. Spray centers of squash rings with oil or cooking spray. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and squash is tender.

Quinoa stuffed acorn squash rings  
Quinoa stuffed acorn squash rings