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Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Squash

As demonstrated in the “Not Your Mama’s Squash” episode of Live It – October 2020

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2 medium or 4 small winter squashes such as delicata, acorn, or golden nugget

1 lb ground turkey

¼ tsp each dried rosemary, thyme, and sage

¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup finely diced onion

1 cup finely diced red bell pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup cooked quinoa (or sub another cooked grain such as wild rice, bulgur, farro, etc.)

½ tsp each salt and pepper

¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or other cheese of choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Discard seeds or save them to roast later. Arrange squash in a large baking dish, cut-side-down. Fill baking dish with ½” water. Bake squash in the oven until fork tender, about 40 minutes. Actual time may vary depending on size of squash.
  2. While squash is baking, prepare the filling. In a non-stick skillet, begin to brown turkey. Add spices, onion and red bell pepper and cook until turkey is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Stir in cooked quinoa and season mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup cheese.  
  3. When squash is fork tender, remove from oven and cool slightly. Drain any remaining liquid and flip squash cut side up. Divide filling evenly among cooked squash and top with remaining cheese. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is warm. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving
Yield: 4 servings

Calories  393.0

Total Fat  14.8 g

   Saturated Fat  6.0 g

   Polyunsaturated Fat  0.1 g

   Monounsaturated Fat  0.0 g

Cholesterol  97.0 mg

Sodium  486.7 mg

Potassium  816.7 mg

Total Carbohydrate  39.6 g

   Dietary Fiber  5.4 g

   Sugars  3.2 g

Protein  30.6 g

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