Miso-Glazed Acorn Squash with Kale, Lentils + Quinoa.

This is a recent quick meal that I threw together. It’s a perfect weeknight dinner, especially if you already have cooked grains and lentils in the fridge. Winter squashes provide a lot of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They fill you up while still feeling good. Feel free to sub in other leftovers that you may have  lying around for a green, grain or bean. This roasted acorn squash also makes for a great side dish for many meals at this time of year, especially on Thanksgiving!

Miso-Glazed Acorn Squash. Kale, Lentil + Quinoa Saute.

1 acorn squash

4 Tbsp + a little more pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp sweet or chickpea miso paste

2 Tbsp canola oil + more for sauteing

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1/2 small onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

small nub fresh ginger, peeled and minced

pinch red pepper flakes

quinoa, cooked

1/2 bunch kale, stemmed and sliced into ribbons

lentils, cooked

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise, spoon out seeds and slice each half to create half moons. In a large bowl whisk together the maply syrup, miso paste and oil. Add in the squahs pieces and toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Place squash pieces onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and roast for 30 minutes or so, until fork tender.

In the meantime, heat a couple more Tbsp of oil into a large pan or skillet. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and saute for a minute or so. Add in the kale, mix to combine and season with salt and pepper. Pour 1/4 cup water into the pan, the lentils and the quinoa, cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes until leaves of the kale turn bright green. Drizzle a little maple syrup (or any remaining dressing from the squash). Toss to combine and serve over the roasted squash.

Yield: 2- 4

4 thoughts on “Miso-Glazed Acorn Squash with Kale, Lentils + Quinoa.

  1. I made this last night for dinner. I used balsamic instead of miso but I’m excited to start my love affair with miso. So so good! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Awesome. Glad you tried Stephanie! I’m sure balsamic was great with this recipe too. Let me know if you try the miso– i am currently having an affair with miso myself.

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