Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

This vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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The holidays call for easy meatless side dishes such as this vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice.

Using Better Than Bouillon adds flavor and makes the vegetarian stuffed acorn squash super special. We are using the Better Than Bouillon seasoned vegetable base, which gives the rice a “cooked all day” flavor taking the dish to the next level.

a container of vegetable bouillon, a bowl of wild rice, dried cranberries and pepitas

Using the right seasoning for the wild rice is important, as it is the main ingredient for stuffing the oven-baked acorn squash. Plus, Better Than Bouillon provides a nice contrast with the cranberries’ tartness, the nuttiness of the green pepitas, and the sweetness of the acorn squash.

The holidays are all about comfort and joy.

It is time to please our beloved ones. This year our celebration will be tiny, but still, the menu includes something for everyone.

Stuffed acorn squash meatless side dish

My family of four has diverse tastes, and they enjoy a variety of dishes. Many of them love meatless and gluten-free options like the vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice.

During the holidays, we prepare the acorn squash in different ways, like soups, salads, and sides. The acorn squash is available during the autumn and winter months, making it easy to include it in the menu.

Prepping the acorn squash

Tips on cooking the vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice.

Acorn squash is best when roasted and oven-baked. Making it effortless. We like to use a baking sheet and aluminum foil for a quick bake.

The only difficult part of cooking acorn squash is cutting them in half. For that, a sturdy, sharp knife, a good cutting board, and a firm surface are needed.

Oven-baked acorn squash

Same as a pumpkin acorn squash has seeds, removing those is simple too. Clean and save them. The seeds make a yummy snack when toasted.

The acorn squash is a simple vegetable. Using butter enhances the flavor. Make sure to add plant-based butter after cooking and before stuffing.

showing how to cook the wild rice

Wild rice is an extraordinary ingredient for stuffing vegetables. Cooking wild rice is easy. However, to make it even tastier, using Better Than Bouillon seasoned vegetable base is a must.

Cook the wild rice before adding the dried cranberries and the pepitas. Allowing to keep the texture of both ingredients.

Stuffing the squash with rice

Stuff the cooked acorn squash with the wild rice and top with chopped curly parsley.

This meatless side dish could become a starter or a main dish. Looks pretty, has the colors of the season, and makes an elegant meatless food option.

Making memorable meals with Better Than Bouillon

Holiday menu at the Martin’s.

This year’s holiday menu includes a fruit cocktail, glazed ham, vegetarian stuffed acorn squash, salad, homemade dinner rolls, and fruit cake.

One of the favorite things we like to do is setting up the table and choosing the best decor. Tune in to the classic Christmas music and give thanks for all the blessings.

Our holiday menu includes meatless and gluten free options

Food is an important part of the holidays. We love making memorable meals using the variety of seasoned bases that Better Than Bouillon offers. Our favorites include roasted chicken, the NEW sautéed onion, roasted garlic, turkey base, and roasted beef base.

We hope that same as us you’ll have a delicious and peaceful dinner time with those that matter the most. Happy holidays!

Including a meatless side dish to the holiday menu
vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice served on a holiday plate

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chef Adriana Martin
The holidays call for easy meatless side dishes such as this vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with wild rice, pepitas, and dried cranberries. Using Better Than Bouillon gives a “cooked all day” flavor. Making this meatless dish super special.
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish or Appetizer
Cuisine Vegetarian Cuisine
Servings 4 people
Calories 310 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Rice pot
  • Measuring cup
  • Chopping block
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 2 acorn squash seeded and cut in half
  • 175 grams wild rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
  • 1 tablespoon plant-based butter or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped curly parsley

Instructions
 

  • Clean and cut the acorn squash. Remove the seeds using a spoon.
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the acorn squash facing down. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.
  • Add the rice to a pot and add the water, the olive oil, and the Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base. Stir and cook covered for fifteen minutes.
  • Fluff the rice and mix in the dried cranberries with the pepitas.
  • Stuff the cooked acorn squash with the rice and top with curly parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 100mgPotassium: 955mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 875IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 3mg
Keyword acorn squash, holiday cooking, wild rice
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Mirielle

5 stars
My first thought was… this looks fantastic! Perfect for the holidays and heck, we could all use some holiday cheer right now! It was so easy to make and so delicious, highly recommend this recipe!

Lisa

5 stars
This is an awesome holiday vegetarian dish. I made it at home, and everyone loved it.

Tara

5 stars
What an absolutely gorgeous acorn squash! I love that filling with the pepitas and all those flavors. Yum!

Luci

5 stars
Wow this stuffed acorn squash is delicious! It is so filling and flavorful! Perfect for the holiday season!

rika

5 stars
I love stuffed squash! This is the perfect vegetarian dish for holidays!

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