Acorn Squash and Carrot Stew with Quinoa

 I was a bit disappointed to see that my acorn squash in my CSA had a soft spot so I had to turn it into something immediately. I transformed it into this amazing stew.  This is a wonderful recipe to wake up your winter taste buds.

 Peel and seed the acorn squash.  I had 2 of them and used both. I microwaved them for a minute to make peeling them a bit easier.

 Cut them into cubes.

 Saute 1 large onion in 2 T. of olive oil.


2 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
a pinch of saffron

Cook this over medium heat for a couple minutes until the spices become aromatic.

 Stir in 3 diced garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.

 Add 1 cup of water, 2 T. fresh lemon juice, 1-14 oz. can of diced tomatoes and 2 cups of diced carrots.

 Add the cubed acorn squash.

 Add some diced kale if you have it, cover and cook at a simmer until the squash is tender.

 While the stew is simmering, make the quinoa.  Saute 1/2 of a finely diced onion in 1 T. butter and 1 T. oil. Add 1/4 cup finely diced carrot and 2 diced garlic cloves.  Cook until the vegetables start to brown.

 Add 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. turmeric.

 Add 1 cup of rinsed quinoa.

Add 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and then cover and turn down the heat and let cook about 20 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid.  Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 tsp. diced fresh mint.  Fluff it and place a scoop of it in a bowl topped with the stew.


Anonymous said…
mmm, I can smell it all the way to Canada!!! Perfect for this blustery day!
Cottage Tails said…
That does sound yum and we could eat it.
Guillaume said…
Looks delicious, healthy and if I'm not wrong vegetarian.
Perfect meal for a cold winter's day. YUM. YUM.
Nellie said…
Perfect! Giving me ideas here!:)
Renee B said…
Jaz, I wonder if you would be interested in doing a post sometime on what your typical shopping list looks like. You have some many wonderful, from scratch recipes, I've always been very curious about your shopping methods and how much of certain things you buy at a time. Where you get your spices, etc.
Kay said…
Oh yum! This looks so wonderful! I do have some quinoa. I should try making something too. Thank you for the motivation.