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Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash


Acorn squash stuffed with ground turkey, green peppers, onions, diced tomatoes and then topped queso fresco and cilantro.

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  • 3 acorn squash (1 1/4 pounds each), halved and seeded
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups cubed yellow summer squash
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free fiesta lime seasoning, such as Mrs. Dash brand
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)6 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 80mins


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Pour 1/2 inch water into a large roasting pan; add acorn squash, cut sides down. Bake 30 minutes. Turn squash halves cut sides up; coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until tender.

Meanwhile, in a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium. Add ground turkey; cook until browned. Remove turkey. In skillet heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add green pepper and onion; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add summer squash; cook and stir 3 minutes or just until squash is tender. Stir in turkey, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the next three ingredients (through crushed red pepper); heat through.Spoon turkey mixture into squash cavities. Bake 10 minutes.

Top with queso fresco and cilantro.

Nutrition information
Serving size: 1 stuffed squash half
Per serving: 262 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 47 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,786 IU vitamin A; 54 mg vitamin C; 143 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 419 mg sodium; 1,005 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value), Vitamin A (36% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 2

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