This Turkey Stuffed Buttercup Squash is comforting and nourishing at the same time and is filled with all the goodies – lean protein, walnuts, onions, garlic, ginger, sage, and red beets in combination with tomato sauce and Dijon mustard for a little spicy touch. The sweet and creamy texture of roasted buttercup squash is the perfect addition to a holiday gathering everyone will enjoy. It’s easy to throw together but looks so impressive and tastes even better.
Buttercup squash, like other varieties of winter squashes, is rich in many vitamins, but mainly A and C as well as magnesium and potassium. It’s also high in fiber, which aids in digestion.
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Turkey Stuffed Buttercup Squash
- 2 medium buttercup squash
- 3 Tbsp avocado oil, divided
- 1 lb ground turkey meat
- 1 medium onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp thyme
- 2 Tbsp fresh or dry sage leaves, cut
- 1 inch grated ginger
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup diced previously cooked red beets
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut each buttercup squash in half so you have 4 halves. Scoop out the seeds and strings, then drizzle with 2 Tbsp of the oil. Place face down on the baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until softened.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add in the meat, herbs, ginger, S&P, and continue to cook until the meat is browned.
- Add strained tomato sauce, walnuts, Dijon mustard, and coconut aminons. Stir and cook until mixed together well.
Lastly add diced red beets, stir and cook for another 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
Once the squash is done, spoon the stuffing mixture into the squash halves to use all of it up.
- Increase the oven to 425°F. Transfer back into the oven and bake for 20 more minutes.
- Garnish with additional fresh herbs and cheese, if desired, and enjoy!
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