Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Acorn Squash Bowls {Gluten-Free}

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I’m so excited to share this Buffalo Turkey Acorn Squash Bowl recipe with you. With only a few ingredients, you can convert leftover turkey into the most delicious roasted stuffed acorn squash dish that is gluten-free and easy to prepare.

This leftover turkey recipe is about roasted acorn squash filled with the tastiest cheesy buffalo-style turkey stuffing. You will love it!

Ingredients in the acorn squash bowls?

The filling is made with squash, turkey leftovers, green onions and jalapeno. The creamy sauce is sour cream, mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, garlic and Worcestershire.

Combine everything, and magic happens! If you don’t have leftover turkey, no problem, use chicken. The stuffing will be just as delicious. This recipe is perfect for when you are looking for a nutritious midweek meal.

 

whole acorn squash

 

FAQs about acorn squash

1. What is acorn squash?

Acorn squash is a type of winter squash that is typically dark green or orange in color and is shaped like an acorn. It has hard skin and sweet orange flesh. Acorn squash is a good source of vitamins A, C, and potassium.

2. Ways to cook acorn squash?

Acorn squash can be cooked in many different ways. It can be roasted, baked, sautéed, or even grilled. When cooking acorn squash, cut it in half or into small pieces, so it cooks evenly.

3. What goes well with acorn squash?

Acorn squash pairs well with other winter Squashes like Butternut and Delicata. It also goes well with roasted meats like turkey or chicken. For a vegetarian option, try pairing it with Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad or Vegan Spanish Rice.

How too choose acorn squash?

When selecting an acorn squash, look for one that is heavy for its size and has dull, not shiny, skin. Avoid any squash with blemishes or soft spots.

how to cook acorn squash without stuffing

Acorn squash is an excellent alternative to traditional Thanksgiving dishes like stuffing or mashed potatoes. It’s easy to cook and can be made ahead of time. Here’s how to cook acorn squash without stuffing:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

2. Place the squash halves cut side up on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender.

3. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Then, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the squash into a bowl.

4. Add your favorite seasonings (we like salt, pepper, and sage) and serve as a side dish or in a bowl with roasted turkey and other holiday fixings.

 

acorn squash stuffed with cheesy turkey filling

 

What is an acorn squash bowl?

Acorn squash bowl is a dish that uses roasted acorn squash as its main ingredient. There are many ways to make an acorn squash bowl, but the most common way is to stuff the squash with a filling of your choice.

Fillings for acorn squash bowls can be anything you like. Some popular options include rice, quinoa, ground beef, sausage, and vegetables. Once your filling is cooked, spoon it into the center of the roasted acorn squash and enjoy!

conclusion

These hearty and nutritious Buffalo Turkey Acorn Squash Bowls are the perfect meal for a chilly fall day! Packed with leftover turkey and creamy buffalo sauce, they are always popular for an easy weeknight meal. And best of all, they’re naturally gluten-free!

So there you have it – a simple to make recipe popular after the holidays. Most of us have plenty of turkey or chicken leftovers, which is a great way to use them. 

For easy weeknight meals, check out our gluten-free casual meals.  I hope you give these Buffalo Turkey Acorn Squash Bowls a try soon.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 3 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 2 Tbsp. Melted butter
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese + some for topping
  • Note: I did not add salt because the cheese, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce are already salted, you can always add salt later
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice the acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash cut side down on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 30 - 45 minutes, until tender. Cooking time will depend on the size of the squash
  • For the stuffing; combine turkey, sour cream, green onions, jalapeno garlic, hot sauce, butter, Worcestershire sauce and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Set aside
  • Using a spoon, scrape the acorn squash and combine with the cheese mixture
  • Place the squash bowls facing up on a baking sheet and top with buffalo turkey mixture and sprinkle with some cheese. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the cheese is golden
  • Note; I roasted the seeds from the squash for 15 minutes and scattered them over the squash bowls with some extra hot sauce just before serving
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    2 Responses to Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Acorn Squash Bowls {Gluten-Free}

    • kiki October 12, 2020

      best leftover turkey dish I have ever made, thank you so much!

      • Kristina October 12, 2020

        that is awesome, so happy to hear!

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