Quinoa and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash
6 small acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
6 cups water
1 cup uncooked wild rice (genuine Ojibwa if possible), rinsed
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 tsp. vegetable oil
4 green onions (white and pale green parts), chopped
½ cup chopped celery
1 tsp. dried sage
½ cup dried cranberries
⅓ cup dried apricots, chopped
⅓ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
½ to ¾ cup fresh orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange squash halves cut side down in baking dish or roasting pan. Bake until tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make filling. In large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to boil. Add wild rice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain if necessary.
- In another large saucepan, bring remaining 2 cups of water to boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes.
- In large, deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add green onions, celery and sage, and cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add dried fruits and nuts and cook, stirring often, until heated through. Using a fork, fluff quinoa and wild rice, then add both to skillet. Add orange juice and mix until heated through. Season with salt.
- To serve, remove squash from oven and arrange on serving platter. Spoon filling into each squash cavity and serve.