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Turkey Mushroom Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Mushroom Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash is a simple, nutritious dinner. Filled with winter flavors, naturally gluten free + perfect for a quick meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo acorn squash, stuffed acorn squash, stuffed squash
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 399kcal
WW Freestyle Points 5


  • 2 whole acorn squash cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 1 cup honey crisp apples peeled + chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, gruyere or mozzarella all work great!)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment + spray with olive oil to prevent squash from sticking
  • Slice acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds and place flat on sheet sprayed with olive oil.
  • Bake the squash for 20 minutes, until it is tender when pierced with a fork
  • While the squash cooks - heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Sauté turkey in olive oil for 10-15 minutes until brown.
  • While the turkey is cooking, chop mushrooms, apples + herbs.
  • Add in chopped mushrooms, apples, chicken stock, and spices to the pan with the cooked turkey. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  • When the squash is done, remove from the oven + scoop out most of the cooked center, leaving a little bit of filling in the acorn squash.
  • Add the squash filling to the turkey/mushroom/apple mixture in the pan+ stir until completely mixed in.
  • Scoop the turkey/squash mixture back into the squash + top with cheese of choice
  • Bake them at 450 for 5-10 minutes until cheese melts. Optional: broil for 2-3 minutes so the cheesy gets crispy.



Substitutions for this recipe:
  • Meat- You can use ground beef, ground pork, sausage or ground chicken instead of turkey in this recipe if you'd like. We also have a Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe.
  • Whole30/Paleo - simply omit the cheese
  • Mushrooms - If you don't like mushrooms, omit them. You could also add in some chopped onions in their place, but I would halve the amount.
  • Herbs - If you don't have fresh rosemary, sub with 1 tablespoon dried rosemary. You can also sub with thyme. 
  • Cheese - Cheddar, mozzarella or gruyere are all delicious!
  • Vegetarian - I haven't tried making this vegetarian, but I think it would be delicious if you subbed in chickpeas and a mix of quinoa or rice as the filling.
  • WW Freestyle - The only points in this recipe come from the olive oil and cheese. Feel free to sub/adjust to have a lower point meal. Points calculated using 99% fat free turkey

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving (0.5 acorn squash (1 out of 4 halves))
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 576mg25%
Potassium 1298mg37%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 25.9mg31%
Calcium 278mg28%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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