by Olena

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

by Olena

5 from 9 reviews

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach. Plus how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Turkey stuffed acorn squash recipe officially marks Fall cooking in my kitchen.

This stuffed acorn squash was surprisingly easy and quick. So if you have this resistance towards thick skin squash or labour intensive stuffed recipes, try my easy and healthy baked stuffed acorn squash recipe.

I share fairly easy way how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger. And ground turkey stuffing with spinach is very quick and healthy.

How Do You Cut an Acorn Squash?

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  1. Place rubber mat under the cutting board and a towel on top to reduce sliding and slipping. Get long serrated knife aka bread knife.
  2. Cut through squash’s skin all around.
  3. Use a meat tenderizer to dig knife into the squash’s flesh, if necessary.
  4. Split open.

How to Make Stuffed Acorn Squash

Now that you have cut and seeded acorn squash with still 10 fingers attached, it is time to brush squash with oil. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes.

While squash is baking, prepare the stuffing:

  • lean ground turkey meat
  • superfood spinach and/or kale
  • spices and fresh herbs.

Sweet tender squash flesh gets roasted in the oven while you quickly prep stuffing on a stove top.

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I promise this recipe is easier than it looks. I’m looking at it now and thinking it looks so fancy but I was frankly surprised how fast it went.

You can tell I’m new to cooking acorn squash – my mom and grandma were not fans of cauliflower, brussels sprouts or squash.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach, plus how to cut an acorn squash in half without losing a finger. |

Then stuff pre-baked squash and stick it in the oven for another 25 minutes.

We all loved this turkey stuffed acorn squash, even the kids and we usually have a problem with Fall type of vegetables. Enjoy!

Can I Use Ground Chicken or Beef?

Yes. Ground chicken would be close in calories and taste to ground turkey. Ground beef is more fatty. For more healthy ground beef stuffed acorn squash, drain meat while browning.

More Healthy Squash Recipes


Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

5 from 9 reviews

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with ground turkey meat and spinach. Plus how to cut acorn squash without losing a finger.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 67 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 14 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American



  • 3 smaller acorn squash, about 1.5 lbs each
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Pinch of salt and ground black pepper


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
  • 3 cups spinach and/or kale, packed and coarsely shopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup any hard cheese, shredded & divided


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. To cut squash open, place a rubber mat under the cutting board and a towel on top. Place squash on the towel and cut through using long serrated knife, cut all around. You might get some help from a meat tenderizer but I found it wasn’t necessary. Now scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place squash cut side up on a large baking sheet. Brush with 1 tbsp of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing by first placing large skillet on a low-medium heat. Add remaining avocado oil and tilt the skillet to coat. Add onion and garlic; cook until translucent, stirring occasionally. Now add turkey and cook for another 7 minutes, stirring and breaking into pieces. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese) and cook for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
  5. Stuff opening of each pre-roasted and cooled until safe to handle squash half with stuffing, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes or until tops start to turn golden brown. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made this recipe for my family and we all loved it! I did make a couple of slight changes to accommodate what I had available (I used chopped chicken breast instead of ground turkey), and to make it cleanse friendly (I omitted the cheese). I’m looking forward to making it again with the cheese!

  2. Love this recipe! I use a sweet Italian Turkey sausage. Instead of rosemary I include oregano, basil and thyme- these are my favorite herbs. It cooks up brilliantly and is fairly easy…but out looks impressive. Thanks!

  3. A staple for dinner! If you have leftover turkey mixture, use it for breakfast! I did a bed of mixed greens with a sprinkle of olive oil and lemon juice, then topped with turkey mixture and two poached eggs. Delicious!

  4. Love squash every which way! But this was new to me and so delicious! Thank-you, as always, I appreciate every new recipe.

  5. This recipe has been in my “need to try” list since last year, but I was holding out for a good crop of acorn squash. Today I finally tried the recipe, and it is everything I hoped for! I know it will become a fall favorite!

  6. The turkey stuffing is so good!!! So good! I didn’t mind the acorn squash with it but I am wondering how the stuffing would taste inside green peppers?? I might just stuff green peppers with this yummy turkey stuffing next time.

  7. This looks amazing – hoping I can find acorn squash. Squash is generally hard to find here in Mexico City. Yes it’s safe to come to Mexico City! The devastation is heartbreaking- but how the people came together is amazing. Most everything is still open – Businesses are already suffering because people feel guilty for going on with life. You just must go to the San Juan food market – if you want a food adventure. Happy to give any other tips or suggestions.

    1. Hi Melissa. I will be staying with friends in Interlomas. No idea where they are taking me. Where is San Juan food market?
      Glad to hear life keeps going on. My friends told me it’s such a huge city, nothing happened in their town. I just hope no more earthquakes but I mean can’t live in fear, right?! I would be open to all of your suggestions. No squash, huh?! You can stuff chayotes with this stuffing.:)

      1. Found some acorn squash super expensive but I splurged. No turkey though – ground turkey just doesn’t taste the same here. Making this tomorrow ?

        San Juan Food market is downtown Mexico City. It is open seven days a week. There is a little Mercado in interlomas we use to go to – we moved to a Polanco this summer- it’s Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. My favorite touristy things are the Turibus, Zocalo – Templo Mayor and basilica and presidential palace tour, Chapultepec Castle (my favorite), Pyramids Teotihuacan (La Gruta for lunch – cave restaurant – super cool show – make sure if you get water ask for bottled water. We somehow messed this up and my husband and daughter got sick.)
        Polanco (including food tour
        Villa Maria (has mariachi)
        El Moro (churros, chocolate, churro ice cream sandwiches)
        Tacos al pastor
        Have a wonderful trip

  8. Your not the only sad one about saying good bye to summer. It is my favorite season of all! Fresh produce, sunshine, etc. I’m one of those people that literally can’t wait for summer to roll around again. In the meantime, I’ll be making your fall goodies and reminiscing about summer. 🙂

    1. Right?! How can people say they are excited to cook with pumpkin again?! You can cook with canned pumpkin any time of the year but can enjoy true summer only 2 months of the year. So sad. Who cares about pumpkins?! Lol.

      1. It’s really hard to find canned pumpkin around here (western Washington) during the spring and fall unless you want to pay around 5 dollars a can! I stock up during the fall when it’s readily available AND less expensive!

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