Sweet Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sweet Stuffed Acorn Squash at Create With Joy

Happy Spring to you all! With the promise of warm days ahead, I thought I’d share one of my favorite fitness recipes with you – Sweet Stuffed Acorn Squash, which I love serving whenever I’m in the mood for a light and healthy lunch! The tastes are sweet and subtle – in distinct contrast to Prince Charming’s Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash, which was recently featured at Create With Joy!

Try them both and let me now which one you prefer! This recipe was inspired by and adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter’s Cook Book.

Preparing The Squash


3 Acorn Squash, Halved, Seeds Removed
1 to 1 ¼ Pounds Ground Turkey
½ Cups Celery, Finely Chopped
½ Cups Onions, Finely Chopped
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Cup Applesauce
2 Teaspoons Curry Powder
¼ Cup Golden Raisins (Optional)
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Instructions – Acorn Squash
1. Grease or spray a baking sheet.
2. Place the acorn squash face down.
3. Bake at 350 degrees, until tender, for approximately 50 minutes.

Instructions – Sweet Stuffing
1. Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet or wok. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the remnants of the turkey liquid and sauté the onions and celery until they are tender and the onions are translucent.

3. Add the ground turkey to the cooked vegetables, stirring to combine thoroughly.

Preparing The Sweet Stuffing

4. Add 2 teaspoons of curry powder, stirring to combine.

5. Add 1 cup of applesauce, stirring to combine. Bring to a slow boil.

6. Add 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, stirring to combine.

7. Add ¼ cup of golden raisins and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Serving Instructions

Fill the cavity of each halved acorn squash and serve hot.

Recipe Resources

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  1. Leah says:

    that looks delish!!

  2. Sasha says:

    Ramona – Thanks for linking back up! I've never had squash before but this looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your Stuffed Squash looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  4. 5ennie says:

    Mmmm, I loved baked acorn squash!! Haven't made it in awhile, or tried stuffed, but yummy!
    Here from HHH!

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  6. Siv Maria says:

    Hi, Doing the blog it forward hop,liking where I can, joining where I can, sharing, stumbling, perscribing…you got it I will click. Have a great day! BTW, acorn squash, another thing I can add to the can't get here list 🙁

  7. carolinaheartstrings says:

    What a great way to use this squash. This recipe looks delicious.

  8. Amber says:

    New follower from FMBT. Great blog! Please feel free to follow me back :)http://wellnesswithdiabetes.blogspot.com/

  9. Tiffany says:

    Now following from the bloghop! Look forward to reading more! Would appreciate a follow back at http://www.ttowntiffany.blogspot.com Thanks!


    That looks really different and tasty. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. LifeBelowZero says:

    I love stuffed squash! Thank you for the new recipe!

    I'm giving away some acorn squash seeds. I'll mail the to you in US: http://www.listia.com/auction/1547080

  13. LifeBelowZero says:

    Hi! I am a new follower stopping by from Delectable Tuesday!
    Life Below Zero

  14. Krissy says:

    I love squash 🙂

    Following you from FMBT! I hope you can visit us as well and follow us back! Thanks so much and I hope you have a great day!

    Krissy @ Mommy Miscellaneous

  15. shopannies says:

    this sounds awesome my mother in law would have loved this recipe

  16. Valery (CEO Wanna Be) says:

    Stopping by to say hi from Wednesday blog hop

  17. Lolly Jane says:

    looks delish!

    new follower from the hop! love it if you'd visit soon (: kelli & kristi


  18. scorpiostungyou says:

    Hi I found your blog on the welcome wednesday blog hop. You have a great blog and that squash recipe looks delicous. You can find me athttp://scorpiostungyou.blogspot.com/

  19. Krafty Kat says:

    Looks so good! Any idea on how many calories in this? If not, that's ok. Thanks for sharing over at Krafty Kat this week!

  20. The Paper Princess says:

    Dear Krafty Kat,

    I believe that the original recipe was approximately 300 calories. Even within that recipe, there were options that would affect the exact calorie count (for instance, you could use ground turkey or ground pork, include or exclude the raisins, etc) – but hopefully that will give you an idea!

    Have a fabulous day! 🙂

  21. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much for linking up with What's On the Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie. This has so many flavors that we just love. I'm going to try and put this on the menu this week. Thanks again and come again often.

  22. blesid says:

    Here I am all tucked in to bed … but tonight I know I will have visions of acorn squash dancing in my head! YUM! What a great recipe!

  23. Bianca @ Walnut Avenue says:

    This is PERFECT for my new linky party, Foodie Friday. I LOVE acorn squash and how versatile it is. Please stop on over and link up!

  24. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    I am so happy that you brought your wonderful stuffed squash for us to enjoy today. It really is a great dish. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  25. Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles says:

    This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
    ~your new follower 🙂

  26. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    This is a beautiful dinner recipe! It looks like it it so packed with flavor and great ingredients, and very healthy.
    I grow acorn squash in my garden and I can't wait to try this with my own squash!
    Thanks for thie great recipe.

  27. Jen@BigBinder says:

    This looks amazing! Thank you for linking up to Recipe Roundtable!!

  28. Jenn Erickson says:

    Mmmm…it sounds like all the best flavors of Thanksgiving rolled into one fabulous dish (only healthier). Thank you so much for linking up another delectable acorn squash recipe at "A Little Birdie Told Me…" I look forward to trying both your sweet and savory versions! Best, Jenn

  29. HaleyLeann says:

    Yummmmm! I love squash. It looks so pretty too! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

  30. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    LOVE the sound of the spices in your stuffed squash recipe! Yum! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch – Hope you will come along and link up again today!

  31. Melynda says:

    Hello and thanks for linking to Cookbook Sundays! Your stuffed acorn squash looks delicious, the curry seasoning would go nicely with the roasted squash. Have a great day, and come again, won't you.

  32. Donnie says:

    I love stuffed squash and that looks really good.

  33. Lisa says:

    Looks interesting 🙂

    Dropping by from Friday Blog Hop and I'm now following you. Have a great Easter!

  34. Lulu says:

    I love acorn squash any way it is prepared. This has a slightly different twist with the turkey and will be tried in my kitchen.

  35. I love both recipes you’ve shared this week.

    How clever of you to do a savory and a sweet!

    I will definitely give this one a try, too!

    Thanks for linking it to Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “S”.


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