As a food blogger, I live and breathe for holidays, events, celebrations, and new seasons.
Sure, there are recipes that are good any time of year, like Chicken Cordon Bleu, homemade dinner rolls, or these Strawberry Cheesecake Crepes, but these special occasions really allow me to be creative with my flavors, techniques, and recipes. I love it!
Today's recipe is one of those dishes I've had on my list for a few months just waiting to test.
Every flavor in this Turkey Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash reminds me of all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but each dish is woven together to create one amazing and unique dinner!
No, I'm not talking about my best friend's little brother's Thanksgiving smoothie he created after getting his wisdom teeth out. That was gross.
I'm talking about the perfect sweet and savory, soft and crunchy combination that you taste in this stuffed acorn squash!
You probably thought of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, warm stuffing, and pumpkin pie, right?
Well, good news for you, this stuffed acorn squash recipe has exciting variations of all of those elements! Check out what's stuffed inside:
Minimal dishes: one skillet and one sheet pan. That's it! Perfect for quick and easy weeknight meals or busy holiday feasts.
20 minutes of work: all you have to do is prepare the squash and make the stuffing. The oven will cook the squash and you'll leave the stuffing on low heat for 20 minutes to really infuse all those delicious flavors. Simple!
Portioned servings: one serving is one squash half with stuffing, so it's easy to pass around the dishes and minimize the risk of a messy table.
Classic Thanksgiving flavors: like I mentioned before, there's a bit of everything mixed in here the best way possible. Just the right amount of sweet and savory!
Wholesome ingredients: we're using lean ground turkey, lots of produce, and immune-boosting herbs and spices. This dish is also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free!
Macro-friendly: this means the ratio of carbs to fat to protein are balanced so you get a good amount of all of them.
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If I'm being totally honest, the first time I'd had an acorn squash was when I developed this recipe. But this recipe converted me! It's so tender and different than any other squash I've had before. I know you'll love it too!
I'd love to hear if you try this recipe at home! Be sure to leave a star rating and review below so other readers know how you liked it, then tag me on Instagram! I love seeing you try my recipes and I try my best to respond to each comment. Happy [almost] Thanksgiving!
Enjoy all the flavors of Thanksgiving with this Turkey Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash! Ground turkey is tossed with cranberries, celery, and apples, then stuffed in an acorn squash and slow roasted in the oven. It is so easy to make and so delicious!
*See blog post for more details if this step is confusing.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one squash half and a quarter of the stuffing.
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