Ground Turkey and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ground Turkey and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ok, I’ve never ever had acorn squash at all. Not to pat myself on the back, but I’m patting, this stuffed acorn squash was really good, and a great way to try acorn squash for the first time.

All squash is on sale, cause it is in season. So, while grocery shopping (on an empty stomach, sorry wallet), I saw that acorn squash was on sale. Sure, why not, I’ll dabble in some acorn squash and expand my squash horizons. My life is like super exciting, I know. I decided I’ll do what I usually do with squash. Slice it in half, make a mixture of sorts and top it.ย Trying to keep in the “in season produce” and “on sale” theme, I bought an apple, decided to get some ground turkey.

stuffed acorn squash

Personally, I love onion in anything, so I knew I had to add a sweet onion in there. The craisins and Parmesan cheese were very last minute, but so necessary. Putting craisins in anything for the winter and/or fall just makes it that much better. Then the Parmesan, I mean… cheese. Twist my arm, I’ll throw some cheese in there even though I’m making a miserable attempt at cutting dairy out.

stuffed acorn squash

I primarily followed these instruction hereย to roast my acorn squash. The only difference is that I used coconut oil, garlic and salt. I was going the savory route, not sweet. Below are the rest of the ingredients and instructions to make this dinner for yourself!

Ground Turkey and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 4 tbsp oil, I used coconut
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 c. craisins
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan, to top

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400ยฐ, and cut your squash in half. Seed your squash, brush 1 tbsp of oil on each half. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Place your acorn squash face down on an aluminum foil covered pan. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large frying pan heat up your other 2 tbsp of oil. Start by cooking your ground turkey, after about 7 minutes, put in your chopped onion.
  4. Once your onions are just about translucent, about 3-5 minutes, add in your apple. Season with oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Add in you craisins. Cook for an additional 7-10 minutes, until your ground turkey is starting to brown.
  6. After your acorn squash cooks for 30 minutes, take it out of the oven, flip the acorn squash over, and fill them with your stuffing.
  7. Top with parmesan, and put the stuffed squash back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven, allow to cool, and enjoy!
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