Thai Turkey Acorn Squash Boats

Well, now that fall is just around the corner, it's time to start playing paleo with autumn foods. I love seasonal cooking - fall's food offerings make me most excited between things like squash, pumpkins, yams, potatoes, and other like items.

Acorn squash is one of the easiest vegetables to make "boats" from. Once you remove the seeds, you have a nice welcoming pit that basically says "stuff me" (I know some of you perverts are going to lol at that one...so you're welcome). The turkey component of this recipe comes from my friend, Meg, who made me thai turkey over cauli rice a few nights ago and it was amazing. So, in my attempt to recreate her culinary genius, I came up with this combination - and it is divine. A strong statement, yes...but once you try it you'll know what I mean. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium/large acorn squash
  • 1 lb ground turkey  
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • Sriracha (or other hot sauce of choice)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut your acorn squash in half (lengthwise) and scrape out the seeds. Place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  2. While your acorn squash is cooking, combine coconut oil, fish sauce, coconut aminos, red pepper flakes and honey in a medium/large skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey to the skillet.
  3. Break up the ground turkey while cooking. When turkey is no longer pink, reduce heat to simmer and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add lime juice, green onions, cilantro and sriracha to taste (I don't quantify sriracha in my recipes...add however much you like or none at all. I'm a hot sauce fiend, so I added a generous amount). Mix everything together.
  5. When acorn squash is ready, evenly divide the turkey mixture into the boats.
  6. Place the stuffed acorn squash back into the oven for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish the boats with extra sriracha, if you dare.

Note: You probably won't be able to fit all the turkey in the acorn squash boats - if that's the case, just save it for later or spoon the extra turkey on your plate after the boats are done cooking. Nothing wrong with an overflowing acorn squash!