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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach. Plus how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Turkey stuffed acorn squash recipe officially marks Fall cooking in my kitchen.

This stuffed acorn squash was surprisingly easy and quick. So if you have this resistance towards thick skin squash or labour intensive stuffed recipes, try my easy and healthy baked stuffed acorn squash recipe.

I share fairly easy way how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger. And ground turkey stuffing with spinach is very quick and healthy.

How Do You Cut an Acorn Squash?

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  1. Place rubber mat under the cutting board and a towel on top to reduce sliding and slipping. Get long serrated knife aka bread knife.
  2. Cut through squash’s skin all around.
  3. Use a meat tenderizer to dig knife into the squash’s flesh, if necessary.
  4. Split open.

How to Make Stuffed Acorn Squash

Now that you have cut and seeded acorn squash with still 10 fingers attached, it is time to brush squash with oil. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes.

While squash is baking, prepare the stuffing:

  • lean ground turkey meat
  • superfood spinach and/or kale
  • spices and fresh herbs.

Sweet tender squash flesh gets roasted in the oven while you quickly prep stuffing on a stove top.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach, plus how to cut an acorn squash in half without losing a finger. | ifoodreal.comTurkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach, plus how to cut an acorn squash in half without losing a finger. | ifoodreal.com

I promise this recipe is easier than it looks. I’m looking at it now and thinking it looks so fancy but I was frankly surprised how fast it went.

You can tell I’m new to cooking acorn squash – my mom and grandma were not fans of cauliflower, brussels sprouts or squash.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach, plus how to cut an acorn squash in half without losing a finger. | ifoodreal.com

Then stuff pre-baked squash and stick it in the oven for another 25 minutes.

We all loved this turkey stuffed acorn squash, even the kids and we usually have a problem with Fall type of vegetables. Enjoy!

Can I Use Ground Chicken or Beef?

Yes. Ground chicken would be close in calories and taste to ground turkey. Ground beef is more fatty. For more healthy ground beef stuffed acorn squash, drain meat while browning.

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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach. Plus how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 67 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 14 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

Squash:

  • 3 smaller acorn squash, about 1.5 lbs each
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Pinch of salt and ground black pepper

Stuffing:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
  • 3 cups spinach and/or kale, packed and coarsely shopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup any hard cheese, shredded & divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. To cut squash open, place a rubber mat under the cutting board and a towel on top. Place squash on the towel and cut through using long serrated knife, cut all around. You might get some help from a meat tenderizer but I found it wasn’t necessary. Now scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place squash cut side up on a large baking sheet. Brush with 1 tbsp of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing by first placing large skillet on a low-medium heat. Add remaining avocado oil and tilt the skillet to coat. Add onion and garlic; cook until translucent, stirring occasionally. Now add turkey and cook for another 7 minutes, stirring and breaking into pieces. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese) and cook for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
  5. Stuff opening of each pre-roasted and cooled until safe to handle squash half with stuffing, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes or until tops start to turn golden brown. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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