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Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

Do you ever buy produce simply because you like it’s name ~ because it has super pretty zebra stripes?

Any food that is called “sweet dumpling” is essential in my book. How cute are these squash? Not to mention they are oh so tasty.

To keep you satisfied I stuffed ’em with all kinds of greatness: roasted veggies, quinoa, bacon and cheese. Your welcome.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins
 4 Sweet Dumpling Squash
 1 cup dry Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
Filling
 1/2 Red Onion, 1 cup diced
 1 Zucchini, diced
 1 Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
 Garlic Salt
 Smoked Paprika
 Garlic Olive Oil
 Black Pepper
 3 ounces cooked Bacon, chopped
 a few ounces Cheddar Cheese
Sweet Dumpling Squash
1

Pre-heat oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle. Pierce squash several times with a sharp knife. Bake for about 40-50 minutes until soft. Remove from oven and cool a bit. Slice off the tops and scoop out the seeds. Set aside. Keep the oven at 350 F.

Quinoa Filling
2

Sauté onion over medium high heat with garlic olive oil until soft. Add zucchini and bell pepper. Season with some garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper. Cook until everything is soft and slightly browned. Add a cup of the cooked quinoa and bacon pieces. Combine well.

3

Coat the inside and tops of the squash with some garlic oil. Scoop some of the quinoa mixture into the squash. Top with cheese.

4

Place filled squash back in the oven in a casserole dish. Bake 15 minutes uncovered. Finish by melting the cheese under a low broil until it is slightly browned.

Ingredients

 4 Sweet Dumpling Squash
 1 cup dry Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
Filling
 1/2 Red Onion, 1 cup diced
 1 Zucchini, diced
 1 Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
 Garlic Salt
 Smoked Paprika
 Garlic Olive Oil
 Black Pepper
 3 ounces cooked Bacon, chopped
 a few ounces Cheddar Cheese

Directions

Sweet Dumpling Squash
1

Pre-heat oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle. Pierce squash several times with a sharp knife. Bake for about 40-50 minutes until soft. Remove from oven and cool a bit. Slice off the tops and scoop out the seeds. Set aside. Keep the oven at 350 F.

Quinoa Filling
2

Sauté onion over medium high heat with garlic olive oil until soft. Add zucchini and bell pepper. Season with some garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper. Cook until everything is soft and slightly browned. Add a cup of the cooked quinoa and bacon pieces. Combine well.

3

Coat the inside and tops of the squash with some garlic oil. Scoop some of the quinoa mixture into the squash. Top with cheese.

4

Place filled squash back in the oven in a casserole dish. Bake 15 minutes uncovered. Finish by melting the cheese under a low broil until it is slightly browned.

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

~ Marla Meridith

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