Pecan and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons smart balance or butter
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1/4 cup dried unsulfured apricots, diced
Bake acorn squash halves face down in 1/2 inch water for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Saute shallot, garlic, celery and red cranberries in a hot, dry stainless steel pan for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the quinoa, pecans, vinegar, butter, sage, and apricots
Turn acorn squash face up and stuff with quinoa mixture. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkle of diced red pepper on top.