cinnamon blueberry quinoa & roasted acorn squash

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, vegetarian on 03.27.11 at 10:57 am

cinnamon, blueberries & quinoa, oh my! who knew that these three things go so fabulously well together? call it serendipity. a happy accident. the best culinary experiments i’ve experienced so far seem to be the ones when i select ingredients at random… depending on what piques my interest in my pantry, sometimes by virtue of the fact that i may be too busy (and/or lazy) to make a pitstop at the grocery store!

cinnamon honey balsamic glaze:
whisk the following ingredients together in small prep bowl
– 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
– 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
– 1 tsp honey
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

roasted acorn squash:
– pre-heat oven to 350F
– 2 acorn squash (cut in half, seeded)
(tip: reserve squash seeds and roast them on a baking sheet at the same time as the squash. see previous yumyumyummers recipe for roasted acorn squash seeds.)

– brush cinnamon honey balsamic glaze (see above) generously on cut sides of squash with a pastry brush
– place squash halves (cut sides down) in baking pan
– roast squash for 20min at 350F. remove from oven. allow to cool on cooling rack while preparing quinoa stuffing.

cinnamon blueberry quinoa:
– bring to a boil: 1 cup (250mL) organic quinoa & 2 cups water in a small pot (no cover)
– then reduce to simmer, cover pot and cook until the water is absorbed into the grains (approx 10-12 min). it’s ready when the grain is translucent.
– allow to cool, then fluff w/ a fork.
– transfer cooked quinoa to medium prep bowl

– add 1/4 cup dried blueberries
– add 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds
– add 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– gently fold & combine ingredients together

food styling:

– place each roasted acorn squash into soup bowl
– generously stuff squash w/ cinnamon blueberry quinoa
– lightly dust w/ ground cinnamon
(tip: use a small mesh strainer for a more ‘dusted’ effect. or if you don’t have one, just sprinkle cinnamon using your fingers.)

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