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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Edyta
Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash - it's a Fall on a plate; Turkey with Apples, Cranberries and dried Thyme stuffed in a sweet Acorn Squash makes for an irresistible combination of fall flavors.
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  • 1 Acorn Squash large or 2 small ones , cut in the half
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 Yellow onions large or one small one, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 apple peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs plain
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper for taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Cut the bottom and the top of the squash to have flat surfaces on both sides
  • Cut the squash in the middle (vertically)
  • Using a spoon scoop out all the seeds
  • Brush both halves of the squash with olive oil, season with garlic salt, and pepper
  • Place the squash in the oven and roast for 50 min to 1 hour
  • In the meantime heat up another tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet
  • Add turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the meat is cooked through
  • Remove the meat from the pan
  • Add some more olive oil
  • Add onions and dried thyme and cook until the onion is translucent (5 minutes)
  • Add celery, apple, and cranberries and cook for another 3-4 minutes
  • Return the meat to the pan
  • Add chicken stock, salt, and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes
  • Add breadcrumbs and cheese
  • Stir everything well and check for seasoning
  • Fill out the squash with the meat stuffing
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.



  • I used one big Acorn Squash and I ended up with a little bit of meat stuffing left out. If you have smaller squash you may want o use 2 small ones instead of one big squash.
  • If you need to alter this recipe here are a couple of options:
    • If you want to make this recipe Paleo-friendly, skip the breadcrumbs and cheese;
    • If you want to make this recipe vegetarian, replace turkey with quinoa or lentils;
    • If you want to make this recipe vegan, replace turkey with quinoa or lentils and omit the cheese.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 1557mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 3.8mg