Ground turkey stuffed acorn squash with pecans, sage, pumpkin seeds, and apple.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Turkey

An elegant and easy gluten-free stuffed acorn squash recipe that is full of cranberries, pecans, apples and ground turkey.  This healthy acorn squash recipe is perfect for Fall & Winter dinners or get-togethers!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 418 kcal



  • 2 acorn squash cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ t. salt

Breadcrumb Topping:

  • cup pecans
  • cup bread crumbs gluten free
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated*
  • ½ tsp. basil dried


  • 1 lb. ground turkey, 90/10 or ground beef, venison, sausage
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 cup apple diced with skins
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • cup dried cranberries coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ tsp. sage ground
  • ¾ tsp. salt to taste
  • 1 egg
  • See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #3


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  2. Cut each squash in half and drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil between the four squash pieces. Salt the inside of each squash half.

  3. Place squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Combine all topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture is crumbly.  Set aside while making the filling.

  5. Saute ground meat in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon olive oil for 6-8 minutes, or until meat is cooked thoroughly.

  6. Remove cooked meat and place in a large bowl.  In the same saucepan, add 1 tablespoon oil, onion, apple and garlic. Saute for 5-6 minutes or until onions become translucent.

  7. Combine ground meat, onion mixture, ⅔ of the breadcrumb topping mixture, and remaining filling ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

  8. Fill each acorn squash half with ¼ of the filling. Sprinkle each with the remaining topping mixture.
  9. Place squash back in the oven for another 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!  See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #3.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use a dairy-free Parmesan cheese if dairy-free.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 481mg21%
Potassium 889mg25%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 19.2mg23%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.