I've really been pushing our menu to be healthier this week, trying to eat as clean as possible. We eat pretty healthy around here, but it doesn't hurt to take it up a notch and challenge yourself every now and then. One of the items I included on the menu plan was stuffed squash, which I ended up putting off all week because I figured it was too complicated for a weeknight meal. I was totally wrong - this was actually really easy! It did, however, take awhile, since the squash has to cook for over an hour so if I did make it on a weeknight, I'd just have to get it in the oven the second I walked in the door. Anyway - this was perfect for a cold, drizzly fall night, was toddler approved, and definitely something I'd make for a bigger crowd.
1. Cut the squash. Ok, so this is another reason I couldn't make this on a weeknight - because I'd have to wait until Kris got home to cut the squash for me!
2. Find a funny little monkey to help.
3. Chop half a yellow onion, one celery rib, and an apple.
4. Watch out for swipers (thanks Dora!)
5. Melt 2T of butter, mix in a teaspoon of garlic and coat the inside and outside of the squash. Bake in the oven at 400 for about 50 minutes (cut side up).
6. Meanwhile, brown a pound of ground turkey. Remove from pan and place on a paper-towel covered plate. Add celery and onion and cook for three minutes. Add the apple and cook for another two minutes.
7. Add a cup of panko and 1/4c. of parmesan cheese and return the turkey to the pan. Mix it all up and then add an egg and mix it again.
8. Once the squash is ready, fill it with stuffing and then return to the oven for another 20 minutes.
9. Nom nom nom.
And, of course, it was toddler approved: