My advice when it comes to getting those veggies into the family meal?
Hide them in anything you can, like I did when I stuffed an acorn squash with turkey, apples, and swiss cheese. The kids and hubby won’t know the difference, and you’ll be a nutritional hero when they eat the whole thing without a blink of an eye.
This dish hides 2 cups finely chopped spinach in the ground turkey and sweet apple mixture. Stuff all that into a tender and creamy acorn squash and you’ve fooled them into eating two veggies in one meal!
- 1 large acorn squash, ends cut off, quartered and seeded
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
- 1 large apple , chopped
- ½ small onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- one grind nutmeg
- 8 tablespoons swiss cheese low fat, shredded
- 1 pound ground turkey, (or leftover turkey, cubed)
- 1. Place squash in casserole dish in one inch water, cut side down. Cover and microwave 20 minutes until tender.
- 2. Heat skillet over medium heat and saute onion, garlic and apple for 5 minutes.
- 3. Add ground turkey, spinach and thyme. Saute another 15 minutes until turkey is cooked through. Add nutmeg and syrup.
- 4. Top squash with 1/4 turkey mixture and top with cheese. Microwave one minute to melt cheese.
What’s good for me in this dish?
A winter squash are high in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, fiber, manganese, folate, omega 3 fatty acids. They are also high in B vitamins, copper and tryptophan. Winter squash has been found to have anti-cancer effects. It’s also known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Turkey tops the charts for tryptophan and protein. Turkey has half the saturated fat found in beef making it a good source of protein. It also contains cancer protecting selenium.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 12.47g
Total Carbs: 25.11g
Dietary Fiber: 2.93g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 9
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.