This ground turkey with butternut squash skillet is a delicious comforting and nourishing meal that is light and fresh. This recipe is a 30-minute one-pot skillet meal that is perfect for a busy weeknight!
Comfort foods doesn’t always translate to carb-heavy meals, and that’s what this ground turkey and butternut squash skillet is all about. A delicious, comforting and nourishing meal that is light and fresh!
Plus it’s butternut squash season and this easy and healthy skillet recipe is just one way you can incorporate this vegetable into your cooking. Some other favorite recipes are; this warming Butternut Squash Turmeric Soup, this creamy Butternut Squash Risotto, and this beautiful Sausage & Apples Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe that’s perfect for the holidays.
Before we get into the how’s, I am really excited to share why this ground turkey and butternut squash skillet recipe is so amazing.
what makes this recipe so incredibly amazing and a great option for your next meal
- I simply love this recipe because it has ground turkey, making this skillet meal a complete dinner packed with protein, veggies, carbs and lots of delicious flavors!
- This recipe is a one-pot meal completely done in a skillet. The minimal mess means more time to relax at the end of a busy work day.
- Incredibly versatile and easy to make substitutions. This means you can adapt to your family preference or accessibility (see notes below)
- This is a quick dinner recipe, completely done in less than 30 minutes.
- Freezes really well
- And it’s perfect for meal prepping!
recipe notes, substitutions and adaptations
- Use your cast iron skillet for this recipe because it distributes heat evenly allowing the food to cook equally and avoid burn spots or quickly drying out the meat.
- Whenever possible opt to buy healthier meats that are grass-fed, organic, from sustainable sources and humanly raised. If this is important to you I invite you to check out this great company (Butcherbox) which I have been a customer of for almost two years! (this link contain a discount code)
- Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef, chicken, pork or a combination of these. Substitute for tofu if on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet, or remove it completely.
- Butternut squash can be substituted for other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, regular yellow potatoes, yuca, etc…
- Substitute Gruyere cheese for another type of cheese you like or remove the cheese if on a dairy-free and whole30 diet. You can always use vegan cheese as well.
- Always finish your recipes with a handful of fresh herbs. Parsley and cilantro are perfect for this recipe but sage work too.
- Make sure vegetable broth is whole30 compliant if following
great skillet recipes for your busy workdays
I made this ground turkey butternut squash skillet wondering if my picky kids would even try it but not only they ate it, they asked for seconds! I hope to make this recipe many more times so I ordered more ground turkey from Butcherbox.
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Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 butternut squash, about 3 cups cubed
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 3/4 cup gruyère cheese
- fresh cilantro and parsley
- Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Add ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers and sauté until meat is no longer pink. Season wtih salt, pepper and paprika
- Add cubed butternut squash and vegetable broth. Give it a mix so most of the butternut squash is submerged in broth. Cover and turn heat down to a medium low. Cook for about 12 minutes or until butternut sqush has soften.
- Remove from stovetop and top with gruyère cheese. Bake in 400F degreens oven for abut 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley and serve.
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