Yogi in the Kitchen: Stuffed Turban Squash

Enjoy as a sensational entrée at a harvest feast.

  • Grace your winter table with this hearty and flavorful squash stuffed with apples, quinoa, tofu and a blend of spices.
    Photo By Joe Coca

Stuffed Turban Squash
Serves 4

Enjoy as a sensational entrée at a harvest feast. For meat eaters, boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breasts can be substituted for the tofu.

1 large turban or other large squash or pumpkin (about 5 pounds)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup cooked quinoa (follow the package directions)
4 ounces firm tofu or boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breast, diced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock or broth
Fresh greens, parsley, or autumn (gold, red, or brown) tree leaves, for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash the turban squash and, with a sharp knife, cut out the “topknot.” If using a pumpkin, cut out the stem end in a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Reserve the top. Carefully scoop out the pulp and seeds.

2. Brush the cavity of the squash with oil. Place the lid back on, wrap in aluminum foil. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Test for doneness by piercing the squash with the tip of a sharp knife—it should slide in easily. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle. Reduce heat to 400°F.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the parsley, apples, cooked quinoa, and tofu. Add the salt, pepper, and cinnamon.

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