The hubs and I have been trying to eat healthy and wanted to try something new. I’ve made stuffed peppers in the past and we loved them, so I decided to try making stuffed acorn squash. I didn’t really have a recipe to follow, so I just had fun with experimenting, and was happy with the results. They turned out very flavorful & were very filling! Will definitely be making these again!
Here is the recipe of what I did. Feel free to make your own adjustments & experiment! You could also easily make these vegetarian friendly by simply not adding the ground turkey.
Southwestern Style Stuffed Acorn Squash
(Yields 4 stuffed acorn squash halves. Total prep/cook time approximately 1 hour)
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Small Acorn Squashes, cut in half lengthwise with seeds removed
- 1 - 1 1/4 lb Ground Turkey
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 1/3 White Onion
- 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa (I used tricolor quinoa)
- Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375. Place acorn squash halves cut side up onto a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake 45 minutes.
While acorn squash is roasting, prepare your stuffing. Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to package instructions. Chop your onions & peppers. Combine with ground turkey in large sauté pan and cook over medium-high heat until meat is browned. Once quinoa is ready, mix that in with the turkey mixture and add all of the spices, and salt & pepper to taste. Set mixture aside.
Once acorn squash halves are ready, pull out of oven and stuff with the turkey/quinoa mixture. Top with shredded cheddar cheese (spread evenly amongst the four halves). Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.
Then just top with cilantro & serve. Bon Appetit!