Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

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My favorite part about fall is the food. Specifically the squash. Squash is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and is so incredibly tasty. Using squash in place of other starchier foods like bread, pasta and rice saves you a lot of calories and carbohydrates, which can help prevent unwanted holiday weight gain. This recipes is so tasty and filling it’s hard to believe it is healthy. Served inside of the acorn squash, it is also so visually interesting and will you having feeling the fall season, even if it is still 80 degrees outside.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

 2 acorn squashhalved and seeded
 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
 fresh cracked pepper to taste
  cup onionpeeled and chopped
 cloves garlicminced
 10 oz can diced tomatoes
 ½ cup canned tomato sauce
 ½ cup water
 ¾ tsp ground cumin
 ¼ tsp chili powder
 ¼ tsp smoked paprika
 6 tbsp shredded cheese
 fresh cilantrogarnish
 dried cranberriesgarnish

1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place squash halves on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake for 30-35 Minutes until soft.

2

While the squash roasts, brown turkey in a large skillet over medium high heat, breaking into smaller pieces as it cooks with a spoon. Once browned, add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, and paprika and stir to combine. Simmer for 20 Minutes.

4

Remove the squash from the oven and flip over. Divide the turkey tomato mixture evenly between the 4 squash halves. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until melted, usually another 5 minutes. Top with cilantro if desired.

Ingredients

 2 acorn squashhalved and seeded
 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
 fresh cracked pepper to taste
  cup onionpeeled and chopped
 cloves garlicminced
 10 oz can diced tomatoes
 ½ cup canned tomato sauce
 ½ cup water
 ¾ tsp ground cumin
 ¼ tsp chili powder
 ¼ tsp smoked paprika
 6 tbsp shredded cheese
 fresh cilantrogarnish
 dried cranberriesgarnish

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place squash halves on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake for 30-35 Minutes until soft.

2

While the squash roasts, brown turkey in a large skillet over medium high heat, breaking into smaller pieces as it cooks with a spoon. Once browned, add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, and paprika and stir to combine. Simmer for 20 Minutes.

4

Remove the squash from the oven and flip over. Divide the turkey tomato mixture evenly between the 4 squash halves. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until melted, usually another 5 minutes. Top with cilantro if desired.

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash