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Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet with Rainbow Chard

Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet with Rainbow Chard is a quick, nourishing meal ready in just about 30 minutes. This clean, filling recipe can be prepared any night of the week!

 Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash Skillet with Rainbow Chard and onions - a healthy, paleo, low-carb, whole30 recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net

Whenever I discuss cooking with friends and family, the common sentiment is there’s never enough time or energy for habitual cooking. I completely get it, and in spite of the fact I cook for a living, I run into the same issue.

Which is why 98% of my meals are prepared in less than 30 minutes in a skillet. Easy, clean, fresh and flavorful, there’s just nothing better than a nourishing and satisfying meal that happens to be quick and easy to throw together at any moment’s notice.

Sure, I have plenty of kitchen tools and appliances, but I’d be perfectly content with 1 cutting board, 1 knife, and 1 cast iron skillet for the rest of forever.

This ground turkey butternut squash skillet only requires a few basic ingredients and hits all your essential macros – high in protein, moderate in complex carbs and fiber, and moderate in fat, you’re looking at a marvelous carb-conscious dinner.

Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet with rainbow chard and onions - an easy healthy dinner recipe that is paleo and whole30

Bonus points: there are plenty of ways you can change up this meal using different produce, meat, and/or flavors. For instance…

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Substitute sweet potato, acorn squash, pumpkin, or kabocha squash for the butternut squash
  • Swap grass-fed ground beef or chicken for the turkey
  • Use kale or spinach instead of rainbow chard
  • For low-FODMAP, omit the onion and replace with 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • Are you a garlic lover? Add 3 to 4 cloves minced garlic
  • Looking for an Asian flair? Add some homemade Paleo Teriyaki Sauce!
  • Serve with white, brown, or wild rice if you’re in need of more carbohydrate.

Whip up this ground turkey butternut squash skillet after work, or prepare it ahead of time for a meal prep situation! Double or triple it if you have a big family, and/or if you’re batch cooking for work for many days!

 Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet with Rainbow Chard and onions is a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net

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Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash Skillet with Rainbow Chard and onions - a healthy, paleo, low-carb, whole30 recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net

Butternut Squash Skillet with Ground Turkey

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Butternut squash skillet with ground turkey, rainbow chard and onions

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet (or stainless steel) over medium heat. Add the butternut squash and red onion. Cover, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until veggies begin to soften.
  2. Scoot the butternut squash and onion off to one side of the skillet and place the raw ground turkey on the surface of the skillet (leave the turkey in one hunk). Sprinkle with paprika and add the ground ginger.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the turkey is seared. Carefully flip the turkey and sear on the other side another 2 minutes. Use a spatula to break up the turkey meat and stir it into the rest of the skillet.
  3. Add the coconut aminos and chopped rainbow chard. Stir everything well and cover the skillet. Cook until the ground turkey is cooked through and vegetables reach desired done-ness, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover and continue cooking until much of the liquid has burned off. Add more coconut aminos and/or sea salt to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet with rainbow chard and onions - an easy healthy dinner recipe that is paleo and whole30

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Amy in NYC

Sunday 10th of January 2021

So delicious! I just made a couple of changes. Since I didn't have Avocado Oil, I used EVOO. Also, did not have coconut aminos but it gave me the idea to sprinkle a little shredded coconut (about 1/4 c) throughout which went really well with the butternut squash and Swiss Chard! Finally, I've used a lot of paprika lately so instead, I used ground dried sage on top of the turkey and it was fantastic. Added a bit of chicken stock at the end to add a little moisture to the dish. Thank you for this and so many of your other great recipes I'm checking out now!

Julia

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Oooh, sounds amazing! Thanks for letting me know, Amy! I'm so happy you like the recipe xoxoxo

Tonya

Monday 30th of November 2020

So delicious! Do you think this will freeze well?

Julia

Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Tonya!

In my experience, leaner meats without a sauce don't tend to freeze well...same for vegetables without a hearty sauce. I haven't tried it, but I'd say unless you add tomato sauce or some sort of thick cream sauce to it, it may not reheat well. I could be completely wrong though!

Nichole

Monday 28th of September 2020

My husband and I really enjoyed it. I made it as directed. We will be definitely having this again.

Julia

Monday 28th of September 2020

That's so great to hear, Nichole! I'm happy you and your husband like it! xoxo

Rachel Soule

Sunday 13th of September 2020

This was good. I didn't cook the turkey like the directions said, I didn't have enough room in the pan to move the squash to one side. I used a ton of spinach instead of chard. And I left out the liquid aminos because I didn't have any. It was simple and healthy and I have left over for lunch. Thank you.

Julia

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I'm so happy you like it, Rachel! Thank you for sharing your adaptations :D xoxo

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