Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

Marla Meridith

January 14, 2013

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

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.


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


The hardest part about this recipe (which is only hard because you gotta be somewhat patient) ~ is waiting for the squash to bake.

While it’s baking you can make the quinoa, vacuum the floor or obsess over Pinterest.


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


I always choose the later ~ Pinterest is my favorite obsession.

Actually skiing is my obsession, but once I am outdoors it is for hours. Waaaaaayyyy longer than it takes to bake up a sweet dumpling squash.


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


Isn’t the color of this squash awesome?!


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


Sweet Dumpling Squash topped with all that melty cheese it is irresistible…anything topped with cheese is tough to refuse.

Don’t forget a side of Mâche greens. I enjoy the delicate texture and flavor of Mâche. Or side with any salad.


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


Here is a peek inside…you know you wanted a peek.

Sort of like a present you can’t wait to unwrap…


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com


This recipe is also gluten free and grain free if you are concerned with that.

To make it vegetarian, use a veggie bacon instead of regular bacon.


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com




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  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    Posted at 05:30h, 14 January

    I love stuffed squash and haven’t done it yet this season. Gorgeous photos as always.

  • Rosa
    Posted at 05:31h, 14 January

    So pretty and scrumptious looking! A great idea.



  • Leanne @ healthful pursuit
    Posted at 05:37h, 14 January

    I really need to get on the stuffed squash train. I eat a squash a day, but it never looks as beautiful as this! Yes for sure, I buy food all the time that just looks pretty even if I have no idea what it is. The market that we buy our produce in is all in French so all of the names don’t make any sense to me!! They all sound pretty haha

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:08h, 16 January

      Leanne, love that your market is in all French!! Makes for lots of choices based on visual appeal if you don’t know the language 😉

      • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
        Posted at 10:28h, 16 January

        Oh totally… except for when you really don’t know what something is and you don’t know how to prepare it. I came home with some spunky looking potato thing the other day and couldn’t remember the (French) name for it to look up how to make it… so I winged it and threw it on the BBQ. Eh, when all else fails!

  • Robyn | Add a Pinch
    Posted at 05:49h, 14 January

    So bright and fresh! It looks delicious!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 06:00h, 14 January

    Lovely! That little touch of bacon and cheese makes this healthy dish seem indulgent. 🙂

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking)
    Posted at 06:02h, 14 January

    Those look so good served like that! I am of course also liking the bacon in them! 🙂

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 06:31h, 14 January

    these photos are simply stunning and breathtaking, Marla!! I totally buy produce buy the looks 😉 this looks so yummy!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:36h, 14 January

    What a stunning dish Marla! Fabulous color 🙂 Yum!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Posted at 06:56h, 14 January

    My type of recipe. You’ve done winter squash proud, Marla!

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:10h, 14 January

    SERIOUSLY gorgeous Marla!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 07:53h, 14 January

    Cutest squash EVER – and bacon?

    SOLD 🙂

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 09:10h, 14 January

    So gorgeous, can’t wait to try a vegetarian version!

  • naomi
    Posted at 09:13h, 14 January

    Seriously, gorgeous girl! I love all the popping colors and flavorful!

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes
    Posted at 09:16h, 14 January

    I would totally buy these for the name…sweet dumpling squash. Love the adorable squash, and the stuffing looks delish too.

  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
    Posted at 09:55h, 14 January

    Now this is one sizzling, scrumptious dinner! I have never thought to combine bacon with squash-love it!

  • Megan
    Posted at 10:53h, 14 January

    These are fabulous Marla – I’m all about the squash this winter!

  • Gaby
    Posted at 11:24h, 14 January

    LOVE this marla!! Looks like such a great dinner 🙂

  • Bree {Skinny Mommy}
    Posted at 11:54h, 14 January

    Almost too cute to eat! These look beautiful and sound delicious!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 12:14h, 14 January

    I didn’t know you could eat that kind of squash! What a wonderful dish! This is my kind of meal!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 13:25h, 14 January

    This is a work of art, Marla! the colors, the food styling, the clarity, obviously that mountain lighting is working like a charm for you 🙂

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    Posted at 13:37h, 14 January

    Gorgeous dish, Marla! Love the pictures!

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks}
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 January

    These are gorgeous, Marla! I love any kind of winter squash and ANYTHING that involves bacon 🙂

  • Cara
    Posted at 16:36h, 14 January

    Yes, I’m totally guilty of buying produce that’s pretty or has a cute name 🙂 And I just have to say these photos are absolutely gorgeous and remind me that I have an unfinished board and some purple paint laying around somewhere… now I’ve got a project!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 17:57h, 14 January

    great looking girl!

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)
    Posted at 02:26h, 15 January

    This is seriously AWESOME! Looks SO yummy.

  • Aya B.
    Posted at 05:10h, 15 January

    These looks absolutely amazing

  • Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife
    Posted at 06:05h, 15 January

    Stuffed squash sound totally amazing!

  • Denise Browning
    Posted at 14:28h, 15 January

    Oh, my gosh! I love how vivid these pictures are plus the food styling. I am especially in love with the second, fifth, and seventh pictures, Marla! I just wish they would match my kitchen colors. 🙁

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:05h, 16 January

      Thanks so much Denise! Love that you took such a careful count of my photos 😉

  • carolinaheartstrings
    Posted at 17:37h, 15 January

    What a wonderful recipe, post and of course pictures. Loved it.

  • Jean (lemons and anchovies)
    Posted at 07:55h, 16 January

    I can’t get over how pretty the presentation is and I love everything you put in the squash. I wouldn’t change a thing. I tend to go plain when I prepare squash at home but you’ve inspired me to change things up.

  • Cookin Canuck
    Posted at 09:06h, 16 January

    Gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous again! What a fantastic way to prepare squash.

  • ashley - baker by nature
    Posted at 18:46h, 16 January

    This is just gorgeous! Your photography is truly art.

  • Donna
    Posted at 14:11h, 17 January

    I’m PRAYING that I can find this squash!

  • sarah
    Posted at 12:38h, 18 January

    What if you can’t find this squash, I can’t find them at any store???

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 06:11h, 19 January

    How pretty Marla – I love stuffing mini squashes too, such a nice presentation. What are the little purple shreds on top – are they some sort of sprout? They add such a nice touch!

  • Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted at 07:53h, 19 January

    Beautiful presentation!! In love!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:36h, 22 January

    What are those magenta colored micro greens on top of the squash? Do you grow them yourself or buy them? How long do they last, etc.?

  • Bill
    Posted at 09:41h, 23 January

    This looks delicious. Winter squash can sometimes be a little boring without some interesting additions. Not this one, though. This is one I definitely want to try! Btw, your photographs are fantastic!

  • cooking rookie
    Posted at 00:29h, 02 February

    Gorgeous photos! This squash is almost too pretty to eat 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted at 10:29h, 17 October

    These photos and recipe really inspired me, so I decided to prepare it. Very easy to do. I used red quinoa and rinsed it before I cooked it. The funny thing is is that the filling was very bitter. I can only guess that this would be the red quinoa. Maybe I didn’t rinse it enough??? I cook with it often and have never had this problem before…any thoughts or suggestions?


  • Stepha
    Posted at 21:01h, 08 January

    Really delicious recipe! I combined this recipe with the one on thekitchn.com and it turned out fantastic!

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:59h, 09 January

      That sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Darlene H
    Posted at 09:24h, 28 September

    It’s fall and I was looking for squash recipes when I found yours. I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering what the purple garnish (sprouts?) is on top??? It makes a beautiful presentation. I saw that a couple people had asked before me (Jan. 2013), but no answer. I hope you see this post and give an answer! Thank you

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:36h, 29 September

      Hi Darlene! Thanks for bringing my attention to this! I believe they are radish sprouts.Enjoy!!


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