[Turkey Stuffed Butternut Squash]
I had a butternut squash to use up and had just bought some ground turkey. The combo seemed like it would work so I gave it a shot. Ugh. So good but all gone…boo 😪 I spiced it to be both sweet and savory with a kick! So yummy and so easy. It can also be a great make ahead meal, which I actually did. I prepared the butternut “boats” and put them in the refrigerator until just before dinner. Topped them with some Parmesan and baked them for about 15min to reheat and they came out so delicious!

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Turkey Stuffed Butternut Squash Boats
Squash
1⃣Cut a butternut squash in half and place in dish cut side down. Add 1/2″ water to bottom of baking dish and place in 350F oven for 30min
2⃣Remove and flip squash over. With a knife, cut a checkerboard pattern in the squash (like you would do to a mango or avocado) all the way through but careful not to pierce the skin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake an additional 15 min then remove and let cool. While cooling prepare meat mixture.
3⃣Once cooled enough to touch. Scrape out the diced pieces of squash with a spoon, making sure you are being careful not to break the skin. Set cubed squash aside.

Turkey Filling
1⃣Sautée veggies
🔹2 Celery stalks, diced
🔹 1 Onion, diced
🔹1T Garlic
🔹1/4c olive oil
2⃣Remove veggies and set aside with squash. Add 1 to 2lbs of ground turkey to pan, season with
🔹S&P
🔹Garlic powder
🔹Crushed red pepper
🔹Onion powder
🔹1 Chicken bullion cube
3⃣Once cooked add sautéed veggies, squash and 1 can diced tomatoes not drained (I used ones with diced jalapeños mixed in for extra heat)
4⃣Season mixture with
🔹1/8t ground allspice
🔹1/8t ground nutmeg
🔹1/4t ground cayenne red pepper
🔹1/4t chili powder
🔹1/4t cinnamon
🔹1/4t rosemary leaves
🔹1t cumin
5⃣Once mixture is heated through, scoop back into butternut skins, too with Parmesan and place under the broiler until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Butternut Boats
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Diced and scraped out squash cubes
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Sautéed veggies
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Meat mixture
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Stuffed boats
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