Loaded Butternut Squash - KNEP - Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


Loaded Butternut Squash

Servings:4Serving Size:1/4 stuffed squash


  • 1 large butternut squash, cut in half and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground vevison, elk, or beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili powder; cumin, OR paprika
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper; diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch green onions


  1. Wash hands with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20seconds.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Rinse all vegetables under cool running water before preparing.
  4. Place ,butternut squash on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Evenly drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over each piece.
  5. Roast in oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until squash is soft.
  6. While squash is roasting, heat a large skillet to medium-low and cook venison slowly. Cover pan to keep moisture from evaporating. Stir a few times during cooking to break meat apart.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and spice of your choosing to meat.
  8. When meat is almost fl!llY cooked, add onion, green pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until vegetables are soft.
  9. Add kale and cover with lid. Cook 5 minutes longer. Keep venison mixture on low heat until butternut squash is fully cooked.
  10. Scrape soft insides out of squash and place in a large bowl. Be careful not to rip squash skin. Set squash skins on serving dish.
  11. Add meat mixture to squash in bowl. Stir to combine.
  12. Refill squash skins with mixture.
  13. Trim ends of green onions and slice. Sprinkle green onions on top of filled squash skins.
  14. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours.
Source: Cook WIld Kentucky Project

430 calories; 17g total fat; Sg saturated fat; Og trans fat; 75mg cholesterol; 710mg sodium; 48g total carbohydrate; 11g dietary fiber; 11g sugars; Og added sugars; 32g protein; 0% Daily Value of vitamin D; 20% Daily Value of calcium; 35% Daily Value of iron; 20% Daily Value of potassium.