Use beautiful summer squash as the base for this baked dish stuffed with ground turkey, vegetables, herbs and spices.
1 large yellow summer squash (about 8 oz.)
1 large zucchini (about 8 oz.)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup dry Italian-style bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
How to Make It
Fill a bowl with ice water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cut squash and zucchini in half lengthwise; place in boiling water. Bring back to a boil; cook until slightly softened, 5 minutes. Transfer squash to ice water. Cool for 2 minutes. Remove; pat dry.
Scrape out seeds and stringy pulp from each squash half, leaving a large cavity for stuffing. Arrange snugly in a large, lightly oiled ovenproof baking dish.
Warm 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring to break up until crumbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, broth and thyme. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring often, until turkey is thoroughly cooked and some of liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Place equal amounts of filling in each squash half, piling it high in center. Mix bread crumbs with Parmesan, then sprinkle mixture over squash and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Bake until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
For a light meal, this was good. I followed the recipe exactly, served it with a side of buttermilk biscuits. Husband LOVED it; I thought it was just OK. Will make again because it is light, healthy, tasty and inexpensive.
Excellent! Since I didn't have plain/fresh tomatoes, I used the same measurement of "Rotel-type" tomatoes (diced w/ peppers). Served with side of wild rice. Hubby who doesnt love squash, has said repeatedly how much he likes this dish and said I can make this again for sure!
I collected this recipe many years ago and the stars just now aligned and I had all the ingredients available this is very good, easy to make, flavorful, and light on the diet. My wife will not eat cooked tomatoes so I used Green Peppers and my Zucchini is over a pound so I only used one.