Ah, Thanksgiving. That lovely time of the year where you are surrounded by family and friends, all gathered together for a big meal. What’s the best part of that big meal, you wonder? The side dishes! There’s stuffing, cakes, pies, roasted veggies, and the list goes on and on. Have you tried squash? How about stuffing them? Not only do they look quite pretty and double as a wonderful seasonal decor, but they’re hearty, nutritious, and will leave you wanting more. Squash is actually a nutritionally-dense food, packed with antioxidants, magnesium, and essential vitamins!
With the help of our handy-dandy Food Monster App, we’ve compiled a tantalizing list of 15 of some of the best stuffed squash recipes you’ll find on the internet. Get ready to be the most popular person at the party.
Want to spice it up a bit? How about Kathryn Pfeffer-Scanlan‘s vegan Jambalaya Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. A plant-based take on Jambalaya, one of the most popular dishes in Cajun cuisine. Meat-free sausage and a blend of vegetables are cooked in a savory blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, and thyme. Roasted spaghetti squash takes the place of rice, making this dish lower in carbs than the classic. Impress your guests with your spicy side.
Bring a touch of European flair to the dinner table with Lisa Dobler‘s delicious Herby Millet and Mushroom Stuffed Squash. Yellow zucchini is stuffed with millet cooked in savory vegetable broth and mixed with meaty mushrooms, sweet corn, fresh garlic, and dairy-free sour cream. Then, it’s baked in the oven with tomato sauce. Garnish with your favorite fresh herbs just before serving.
Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffed Butternut Squash by Anarki Tjon Affo is such a simple, elegant meal that’s perfect for eating at home or serving guests. The chickpeas are cooked with delicious warming spices, mushrooms, bell peppers, and Chinese long beans, which are absolutely optional. You can swap them for green beans or skip them altogether. A garnish of fresh cherry tomatoes and crunchy pine nuts add the perfect flavors and textures.
Source: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Want something hearty and packed with protein? You need to try making this Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash. This stuffed acorn squash is so filling, it can be used as a main course. It’s packed with mushrooms, crunchy cabbage, walnuts, and quinoa, making it a power-packed addition to gatherings with family or friends. Grab a big spoon and dig in!
Source: Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
Tantalize everyone’s tastebuds with Rachel Hanawalt‘s unique spin on rice: Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash! The wild rice in these stuffed acorn squashes pops in your mouth and is flavored with a triad of spices: sage, rosemary, and thyme. They’re mixed with the rice, along with celery and onion in a blend that tastes remarkably like bread stuffing and then baked in a roasted acorn squash half. It all comes together perfectly: the stuffing doesn’t overcook inside the tender and sweet squash.
Let Anabelle Randle‘s Moroccan-style Stuffed Butternut Squash take you away into a world of flavor.The fragrant Moroccan spice blend gives this vegan stuffed butternut squash a delicious twist. It’s a yummy autumn or winter recipe to be enjoyed by the whole family. This recipe makes a large amount of pearl barley stuffing so make sure you get a large butternut squash.
Meet the ultimate in holiday centerpieces: Jasmine Briones‘ Vegducken. It looks too show-stoppingly awesome to eat without taking hundreds of photos but smells so mouthwateringly delicious that you might forget all about that part. Roasted butternut squash is stuffed with eggplant, zucchini, whole scallions, and layered with a savory, filling of sautéed mushrooms, red onion, scallions, red lentil, chickpeas, and gluten-free breadcrumbs that are puréed into crumbly deliciousness.
Look no further for a dish that will warm you up and get you in the holiday spirit. Shannon Leparski Tuscan Kale and Mushroom Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is the perfect winter recipe. Stuffed with a mixture of white mushrooms, kale, and white beans, it’s savory, satisfying, warming, and nourishing … Essentially, it’s everything you want. This recipe will be your new obsession.
As far as fall comfort food goes, stuffed squash is among the best of the best — especially when you bring some fusion flavors to the table. Jess Hoffman‘s Curried Chickpea and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash is made with bold and vibrant Indian flavors, balanced with some fresh herbs. Saving the squash shells for serving is entirely optional, but it definitely helps capture the mood of fall.
Source: Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash
Have a sweet tooth? Try Maria Koutsogiannis‘s Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash! Filled with natural sugars from the squash, packed full of vitamins and minerals to help you stay energized and happy. Not only is this stuffed squash extremely simple to make, it is also easy on the eyes, filled with fragrant flavors, and is gorgeous as a centerpiece. The pecan-stuffed slices are just stunning and adding that extra pop from the pomegranates adds a wow factor as well as a burst of fruity flavor!
Doesn’t this Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Squash by Lilia Jankowska sound absolutely amazing? This recipe is simple, healthy, and tasty. You’ll fill your squash with farro, onions, mushrooms, cheddar, and onion. Then, finish the dish off with a little garlic and thyme. You’re left with a dinner that is light, delicious, and satisfying.
This Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf by Jeanette Chen is pretty enough to serve to company, and provides a nice healthy addition to any Thanksgiving spread. It is such a versatile recipe – you can add your favorite ingredients for stuffing, such as chestnuts or butternut squash. Even some lentils would be nice to add a bit of protein. Not only can this be enjoyed as a main course by your vegan friends, but non-vegans will want a spoonful of this too. They might even take a scoop of it instead of more stuffing, and feel better for it… more room for pumpkin pie.
How amazing does Evi Oravecz Basil, Sage, Walnut, and Navy Bean Stuffed Squash look? This recipe for roasted stuffed squash is filled with walnuts, black olives, beans, fresh herbs, and spices will please everyone. The soft and sweet roasted squash and the chewy, hearty, and slightly spicy filling makes an extremely decadent, yet simple meal. It’s a must-try that’ll turn into a household favorite!
15. Roasted Cranberry Stuffed Squash
Source: Roasted Cranberry Stuffed Squash
Having unexpected guests for the holiday? Need something fast, easy, and nutritious? Try Helyn Dunn’s Roasted Cranberry Stuffed Squash! It’s very easy to prepare, simply slice, fill, bake, and serve. It makes a wonderful, elegant presentation, too. Serve with rice and baked beans for a complete meal.
Bonus Recommendation: Food Monster App
Whether you’re trying to add new and exciting vegan recipes to your holiday repertoire, or you’re just trying to think of another seasonal vegetable besides pumpkin (it’s okay if you’re pumpkin obsessed, we are, too.), we got you covered. You’ve seen our Food Monster App, right? It has all recipes for every season, and an awesome way to access thousands of vegan recipes right at your fingertips.
Hungry for more? Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide!
Lead image source: Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash