Blog PostLemony Kale & Mushroom Delicata Boats

September 21, 2019


Lemony Kale & Mushroom Delicata Boats

Low-and-slow roasting makes the flesh of delicata squash extra rich and creamy. The skin of delicata squash is not only edible, but meaty in texture. Along with the smoky aromas of kale and portobello, this dish is surprisingly decadent for vegans and meat-lovers alike.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 delicata squash
  • 1 bunch kale, destemmed and torn into 3 inch pieces (enough to fill a large mixing bowl)
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • dash lemon juice
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  • Massage kale leaves with 2 tbsp lemon juice.
  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard seeds. Brush interior of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and sea salt. Place squash halves skin-side up on parchment or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40 - 60 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • While the squash is cooling, prepare the stuffing. Combine the quinoa and stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, season the onion and garlic with salt and pepper and sautee over medium heat until fragrant and soft.
  • Mix in the kale and cover on medium-low for 3 minutes. When the kale has wilted, add mushrooms with a squirt of lemon juice, pinch of salt, and pepper. Stir well and cover for 10 minutes.
  • Scoop the flesh from the squash halves, being careful to leave the skin intact.
  • Mix the squash pieces into the pan and keep covered for another 5 minutes.
  • Generously fill each squash boat with stuffing and return them to the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving. Enjoy!