Hey Fellow Zone Challengers! I’m going to re-post some awesome recipes that you may have forgotten about since I’ve had zero time to test recipes lately. Since spaghetti squash is a ZONE staple, you NEED to make this recipe. It is the BOMB…..AND…..KID APPROVED! Do I get a Whoop Whoop? Enjoy!
Find the Recipe Here: Spaghetti Pizza Pie
This recipe should be called “Thanksgiving in a Pot”. Or “Easiest Thanksgiving EVER”. It’s simple. It’s really filling. And it literally tastes like Thanksgiving…all the flavors wrapped into one dish. I will warn you that it was a HUGE meal, so be prepared for that. Maybe wear your stretchy pants or something. See this clip for instruction on appropriate Thanksgiving attire: http://youtu.be/pvw-G4J4Y2c
If acorn squash isn’t your gig, consider swapping it for some mashed sweet potatoes. The squash itself is about 2.5 blocks of carb, so just plate-up 2.5 blocks worth of sweet potatoes and, voila(!), you’ve got another variation on this meal. If you’re concerned about the fat being nearly double the protein and carb, simply reduce or eliminate the pecans. The dish would certainly be fine without them, though not nearly as delicious!
Keep in mind here, folks, that not every squash is the same size, thus leaving this recipe to fall squarely in the “close enough” camp.
Crockpot Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash w/ Apples, Pecans & Cranberries
Zone per serving: 5P, 5C, 9.5F
1 medium acorn squash (cut in half and seeds/goop removed)
1 lb ground turkey
3 tbsp dried cranberries (naturally sweetened with apple juice)
½ Granny Smith apple, diced
4 tbsp yellow onion, diced
4 tbsp pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 pinches of cloves
Brown turkey on the stove. Give the ground bird a little salt love while you’re there to bring out the flavor. When it’s nearly finished, add the onions, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Continue to cook on low heat, frequently stirring, until the onions are translucent and the apples have softened.
Remove pan from the heat and add cranberries and pecans to the mixture. Mix well.
Place your de-seeded/un-gooped acorn squash yummy side-up in a 6-qt crockpot and pour 1 cup of water AROUND it (not in it…please…) into the bottom of the crockpot. Spoon the turkey mixture evenly into each half.
Cook on low for 4 hours. The squash should be easily pierce-able (it’s a word, I swear) when cooked.