I wanted to create some fresh new ideas for Thanksgiving this year, including some tasty main dishes that could work well for Vegans and Vegetarians. I personally am content eating all the sides and calling it a meal, but I know some folks want more of a “star” or main dish on their plates.
Enter my Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash. It’s actually totally vegan too and is sure to please just about anyone at your table. This could double as a side dish for everyone else.
I mean…. LOOOOOOKKKKKIE! Don’t they look soooo good.
So I’m the first to admit, I shy away from dishes like this that may require a bunch of steps, BUT this one is worth it.
The flavors and textures work so well together in the Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash and it’s very filling and hearty for us veg-heads. The chewy farro, meaty mushroom and crunchy walnuts pair together just perfectly. And the cranberries give it just enough festivity to make it ideal for the holiday table.
If you are making this for Thanksgiving it’self you could prepare the stuffing ahead of time and then roast and stuff the squash just before meal time.
Plate the dish with pretty sage leaves for a wonderful presentation or just serve in your buffet. I’m sure everyone will want a taste of these beauties.
For those of you who are gluten-free, you can sub a gluten-free grain like quinoa or buckwheat. I like the chewiness of the farro in this, but that’s an easy swap if you do have that dietary restriction.
And now that I’m thinking about it, this has lots of traditional Thanksgiving flavors but it really would be wonderful anytime in the fall when acorn squash is at it’s peak.
It’s the kind of dish folks will remember for a long time! As always, let me know what you think in the comments and enjoy.