Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash

Is there a vegan in your family?  I have the perfect recipe for you.  This Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash is healthy, easy, and very flavorful!  For Thanksgiving a few years ago, we served a wild rice stuffed acorn squash and it was a huge success. Even with the meat eaters!

You can make the filling a day ahead if you like.  It should hold up great.  Then on the day you are serving, all you need to do is roast the squash and assemble.

lentil stuffed acorn squash

I love all the colors in this healthy recipe.  When I went to buy the squash for this, they only had tiny acorn squashes, so that is why mine look kind of small.  However, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the squash any size you like.  The filling is also pretty delicious on it’s own.

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Last year I made a stuffed acorn squash with wild rice and apples.  It was a hit, so I made a Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash this year.  I love the presentation of the stuffed acorn squash.  So pretty.  This quinoa stuffed acorn squash is very easy to make!  You can make the filling a day in advance if you like.  Then all you need to do it roast the squash the day of.  If you need more vegan Thanksgiving ideas, you may like this post.

quinoa stuffed acorn squash

The sweetness of the acorn squash goes so well with the quinoa.  I added the cranberries for a little tart flavor too.  I used fruit sweetened cranberries instead of cranberries sweetened with sugar.  So they are a little on the tart side, but work well here.  This would be a great main meal option for your vegan or vegetarian guests.  It’s quite filling!

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice and Apples

Let me just say that this recipe is so good!  I wanted to do a stuffed squash for Thanksgiving and we gave this a test run yesterday.  What usually happens is that I come up with the savory recipe ideas, and my husband Marcus puts them together.  He is an amazing cook and this is one of his creations.  I am more of a baker than a cook.  He has also came up with the Pumpkin Enchiladas and the Homemade Re-fried Beans.


Usually, I am not a fan of fruit in savory dishes, but the apple works so well in this!  We will definitely be bringing these to our Thanksgiving celebration.  Yes, I know mine looks slightly charred in the photo, but this is real life and in real life, food doesn’t always look pretty.  It tastes amazing though! 🙂

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice and Apples

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice and Apples

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 40 min


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2-3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 honey crisp apple diced (Another apple would work too. I just think the honey crisps have such good flavor)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil (Another oil would be fine too)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and roast the squash for 40 minutes or until it’s done.
  2. Cook enough wild rice to make 2-3 cups of cooked rice.
  3. As the squash is roasting, chop the carrots, onion, and celery as well as mince the garlic.
  4. Add all of it to a pan under medium high heat and saute for 7-10 minutes.
  5. After the onions begin to become translucent, lower the heat to medium and add the rice and spices, including the salt.
  6. Stir well for a couple of minutes and remove from the heat. Let this mixture cool down significantly.
  7. Once the rice mixture has cooled off and is more of a lukewarm temperature, add the diced apples. You want these apples to retain their crispiness, so it is important to not add them too early or they will soften.
  8. Stir the apples in the mixture so they get coated in some of the oil from the pan. This will keep them from browning.
  9. When the squash is fully roasted, remove it from the oven.
  10. Once it has begun to cool, you can add the rice to the inside of the dish as shown and serve. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Friendly tip, you can tell when the squash is done when you are able to stick a fork through the skin easily.