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Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl with Cuban Black Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole acorn squash (1 ½ - 2 pounds each), sliced in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  • 1 package of Cuban Black Beans
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 F. Place squash face down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool at least 5 minutes before handling.
  • Meanwhile, mix together quinoa, kale, oil, lime and salt. Set aside.
  • Flip the squash and add ¼ of the quinoa mixture into the center of each, then top with beans, evenly divided. Place back in the oven and cook an additional 20 minutes, until beans are warm. Garnish with chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice if desired.

Serving Size:

Half of an acorn squash, stuffed Servings Per Recipe: 4

Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories: 341
Fat 7.8g — Saturated (0.58g), Trans (0g), Cholesterol (0g), Protein 10.5g (21%), Dietary Fiber 17.4g (70%), Calcium 164mg (16%), Folate 161.4mcg (40%), Omega-3 0.1mg (4%), Iron 4.6mg (26%)

Vitamin K (86%), Vitamin C (67%), Vitamin A (63%), Manganese (49%), Potassium (47%), Vitamin B1 (44%), Magnesium (36%), Vitamin B6 (30%), Phosphorus (19%), Copper (17%), Vitamin B3 (13%), Pantothenic Acid (13%), Zinc (7%), Vitamin B2 (6%), Selenium (5%)

Nutritional Spotlight: Quinoa

Quinoa is the queen of superfoods. Unlike other grains, it is a complete protein source on its own. It’s also a rich source of fiber, folate, and iron, containing about 20% of your daily need for each in one cup cooked. Quinoa can be purchased in bulk to save on money and packaging, and it should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or even in the refrigerator. It’s best to rinse and drain quinoa just before cooking; otherwise you may notice a slightly bitter taste due to the outer coating. Prepare quinoa just like rice (1 part dry quinoa to 2 parts liquid), bring it to a boil then cover and simmer on low until all water is evaporated, about 15 minutes for one cup. Quinoa will double in volume when cooking, so if you need one cup cooked, as in this recipe, use just ½ cup of dried quinoa.