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Indulge in the wholesome warmth of autumn with our Wild + Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash. This delightful recipe effortlessly marries the rich, earthy notes of butternut squash with a medley of wild and brown rice, dried cranberries, walnuts, and kale, all beautifully roasted with garlic and herbs. It's the epitome of healthy, hearty, and vegetarian/vegan comfort food for the fall season. Bringing a medley of flavors and nutrients in a delightful, fuss-free dish! This stuffed squash recipe is a perfect Thanksgiving side or a hearty main dish. Completely Vegan, Dairy-free + Gluten-free! Make ahead option.
I've been on a serious squash kick lately, embracing the fantastic flavors of the season. You might remember my Maple Herb Roasted Butternut Squash – well, I couldn't resist taking it to the next level with this stuffed squash version, packed with all the good stuff. It's like a cozy, nutrient-packed surprise for your table this fall + winter.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'm all about offering a variety of gluten-free and vegan options to make everyone's taste buds happy. This dish fits the bill perfectly, and I've got other delights like my Vegan Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and Maple Herb Glazed Carrots to complement your table beautifully! This Sautéed Lemon Garlic Herb Green Beans recipe is a simple, staple side dish that compliments any Thanksgiving table!
The beauty of this Wild + Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash lies in its customizability. You can mix in your favorite ingredients, making it an ideal choice not only for Thanksgiving but whenever you're craving a delightful vegan-friendly main or side dish. Plus, the best part is it's ready in under an hour, and the taste is absolutely worth the wait! If you need some tips on how to cook your rice perfectly be sure to check out my guide on how to cook brown rice!
While this recipe has a few steps, rest assured, they're all quite easy to follow. Start by cooking your brown and wild rice mix ahead of time. Next, prep and cut the butternut squash, then prepare the filling. Finally, stuff the butternut squash and pop it in the oven to bake to perfection!
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with this Wild + Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash. Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Butternut squash can be roasted in different ways: halved, in slices, or cubed. The method you choose depends on your recipe. In this particular one, we'll be halving the squash.
Y'all after MANY years of cooking with butternut squash, I've honed the art of selecting the best ones. Here are 4 tips to help you choose the perfect butternut squash:
Skin quality-- Look for a squash with smooth, unblemished skin. Avoid any with cuts, bruises, or soft spots, as these can be indicators of spoilage or diminished flavor.
Color consistency--Opt for a butternut squash with a consistent, deep beige or tan color on its skin. While minor variations are normal, patches of green or excessive shine may suggest under-ripeness.
Heaviness matters: A heavy squash relative to its size indicates a higher flesh-to-seed ratio and ripeness. It's a good sign of a well-matured squash.
Stem + top inspection: Ensure the stem is intact and firmly attached. The top of the squash, opposite the stem, should be free from mold, decay, or any damage.
I like to add some extra texture to this stuffed squash recipe. Therefore, I wanted to share a few more ideas in case you make this stuffed butternut squash recipe more than once and want to switch things up!
Other topping ideas include:
This dish is a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table or any meal, really. It's a versatile side that pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, like...
Absolutely, this stuffed squash recipe is not only a delicious addition to your holiday table but also a healthy one. It's packed with essential vitamins and minerals, making it a fantastic choice! Plus, embracing seasonal eating with this butternut squash recipe means you're savoring the freshest flavors fall has to offer. Check out my guide to The Best Pantry Foods To Stock For Fall.
Repurposing those leftovers from this butternut squash recipe is a true win. I recommend cutting it into cutes--Once you've got those golden chunks ready to go, a whole realm of tasty options opens up.
Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your leftover butternut squash to the fullest:
Pizza: Give pizza night a twist with this Pumpkin BBQ Chicken Pizza with Butternut Squash
Buddha Bowl: Create a nourishing Buddha bowl by layering your leftover squash with grains, roasted chickpeas, greens, and your favorite dressing. It would go perfectly with a Vegan Jamaican Power Bowl or this Vegan Fall Harvest Farro Bowl
Pasta: Toss your squash with cooked pasta like this Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce or Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Quinoa + Kale
If you're gearing up to host a Thanksgiving feast that caters to all diets or searching for vegan Thanksgiving recipes for a traditional family gathering or a Friendsgiving celebration, I've got you covered! Check out these articles I've penned for some handy tips, tricks, and a deep dive into plant-based options to make your Thanksgiving day a breeze.
I understand how cooking rice can sometimes be a bit tricky. In fact, I've created guides on how to cook brown rice and how to cook basmati rice. And ever since perfecting my Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing recipe, I've become quite the pro at cooking wild rice!
Because wild rice is a special grain, it's super important to note that it takes longer to cook. Unlike other rice which is cooked within a few minutes, wild rice takes at least 45-60 minutes to be fully cooked.
In general, yes! Cooked wild rice has about 30% fewer calories than brown rice and about 40% more protein. In addition, wild rice contains a great source of fiber, potassium, and zinc. Plus, wild rice is a great gluten-free option to those who are sensitive to gluten or who suffer from celiac disease.
Basically, wild rice to me is such an underrated superfood that has so many great benefits, including the fact that it's alkaline in nature. Alkaline foods helps to balance the body and reduce inflammation. Therefore, eating wild rice more often will aide in heart health and offers you a variety of nutrients and antioxidants that are great for your overall health.
Leftovers of this stuffed squash recipe can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, for optimal freshness.
Yes! To make this recipe gluten-free, ensure that the rice blend and all ingredients used, including any seasonings, are certified gluten-free. The recipe is already naturally gluten-free, so just check the rice for certification.
While butternut squash is best for its sweet and nutty flavor, you can certainly use other types of squash like acorn, kabocha, or delicata. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly.
Yes, you can roast the butternut squash ahead of time and then reheat it in the oven before serving. This can help save time and streamline your Thanksgiving recipe meal preparation.
Absolutely! If you're not following a vegan diet, feel free to include your favorite cheese as a delicious and creamy addition to the stuffing.
If you prefer, you can substitute dried cranberries with raisins, chopped apricots, or other dried fruits for a different flavor profile.
If you are a fan of this butternut squash recipe, you have to try these satisfying vegan recipes next!
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