Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentil & Rice Stuffing

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentil, Rice, Mushroom Stuffing - Easy Holiday Recipe #vegan #plantbased

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This Maple Roasted Acorn Squash is stuffed with a Rice, Lentil, and Mushroom Stuffing and topped with toasted Pine Nuts, making it a perfect holiday dish!


  • 3 Medium to Large Acorn Squash

For the Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp Tamari

For the Stuffing:

  • 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried Sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried Thyme
  • 2/3 cup Red Rice, dry
  • 2/3 cup Black Lentils, dry
  • 2 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • Salt, to taste (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts, toasted


  1. First, preheat your oven to 350F. Cut each Acorn Squash in half, and remove the seeds / inner portion to make a bowl. Score a “checkerboard” into each squash (see video for a visual). Prep the rest of the veggies as well.
  2. Add all of the stuffing ingredients, aside from the Pine Nuts, to a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Once finished cooking, add any additional Salt to taste, if necessary.
  3. Place the squash halves bowl side up into a large glass 9×13″ dish. Prepare the Squash glaze by mixing the Tamari and Maple Syrup together in a small bowl, then coat each Squash evenly in the glaze.
  4. Pour 1-2 cups of water into the bottom of the glass pan, making sure you don’t get it in the Squash bowls. This allows the Squash to steam and cook more evenly in the oven.
  5. Bake the Squash for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven. Stuff each Squash with the Lentil and Rice Stuffing (which should have finished cooking by now), and then return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, toast your Pine Nuts in a small pan over high heat until golden and fragrant.
  7. Remove your Squash Bowls from the oven, top with a spoonful of Pine Nuts, and serve warm.


Tamari may be substituted with Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce, but keep in mind that Soy Sauce is not gluten-free.

Red Rice may be substituted with any other whole-grain rice of your choice. I would not recommend White Rice, as the final product will be very soft and mushy.

Black Lentils may be substituted for French or Green Lentils. Red Lentils will not work with this recipe.

Keywords: acorn squash, stuffed acorn squash, vegan stuffed squash, stuffed holiday squash