Recipe for Stuffed Yellow Squash

Stuffed Squash

Stuffed Yellow squash can be a delightful nutritional and healthy meal. You have to be careful to use only low sodium and low fat ingredients. This is not hard to do and the result is a delicious low fat and low calorie dish that will be fun to eat and filling.

Select the tender yellow squash about 5 inches in length. Use a prepared low fat stuffing mix that has no milk, meat or dairy products. In most recipes, the liquid called for is broth. Broth is not a good choice as it is high in sodium and has some fat. Instead use water which is low in sodium and fat.

Make the stuffing mix without butter or oil.

My favorite way to moisten the stuffing is to chop up some onions and green, red, or orange sweet peppers, in a non-stick pan with a lid, cook over low heat until the onions and peppers are tender, this will create quite a bit of liquid given up by the vegetables. Use this liquid to moisten the stuffing mix.

Cook low fat turkey sausage the same way on low heat and discard any drippings and juices. This should be crumbled. Make sure it is well drained, it is low fat, but just the same, do not use the drippings.

The goal here is to have a healthy delicious tasting main dish. So we are going for low sodium and low fat. This will have 20 grams of carbs for 1/2 cup.

If you are careful and substitute, you can make a great healthy dinner.


Delicious Yellow Squash

Ingredients

2 Large Onions Chopped and cooked

1 Large Sweet Pepper Chopped and cooked

1/2 Pound of Low Fat Turkey Sausage Browned and Crumbled

4 Cups of Low Fat, Low Sodium Stuffing Mix

Four Small Yellow Squash Cleaned and Steamed

Optional: Spicy seasonings from Mrs Dash or poultry seasoning added to taste.



Cook the Squash

Choose the tender small yellow squash. Cut them lengthwise and remove any seeds or pulp that may not be tender. Often times the whole thing can be eaten depending on age and size. Cook them by adding 1/2 cup water to a covered frying pan and cooking on medium low until they are tender. This will only take about 15 or 20 minutes. Drain them and set them aside to cool.

Place the squash in a shallow cooking pan and set them aside.

Prepare the Stuffing

Place about 1 cup of stuffing mix per serving in a large bowl. Add the cooked onion, sausage to the stuffing mix. You will need no additional seasoning. If you wish to have it more spicy add Mrs. Dash no sodium seasonings and/or poultry seasoning to taste. Be sure to use low or no sodium seasonings.

Mix the ingredients and moisten with the stuffing mix with the onion liquid until it is just soft, not too much or it will get mushy and gummy. Start with a half cup and then add a little at a time until it is the way you want it. It is always too easy to add too much liquid. When it is moistened properly, it will still retain its shape and will be somewhat crunchy with some dry spots in the cubes. This will become more moist when cooked because the moisture will penetrate the cubes and moisture will be absorbed from the squash.

Stuffed Yellow Squash
Stuffed Yellow Squash

Assemble and Cook the Squash

For each half squash, pile on about 1/2 to 1 cup of dressing. This recipe calls for 1/2 cup per serving but if the squash is large, you may need more. A large squash may be stuffed with more stuffing, then serve by cutting in half.

Place the baking dish in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes.

When it is done, the stuffing will have browned edges and will be hot all the way through. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

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fundamentallife 6 years ago

Great recipe Steve, I've never tried squash before but this does sound appetizing.

AJ..


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Good recipe Stevo, I love squash but I usually just cut it up and saute it with onions and garlic. I do have a ?, what did Mrs Dash do to get all this attention? I go to the doctor and they tell me to use that too. I use many fresh spices from the spice store. I think Mrs. Dash is the lazy way out (and not nearly as tasty). I am going to try stuffing some squash though. Peace!! Tom


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

This sounds delicious. I'll give it a try - thanks.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This looks very healthy and gorgeous fooding!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am not a lover of squash but this sounds great.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I love yellow squash. Thanks for the great recipe for stuffed yellow squash. Fall is providing us with a bounty of great squash. I look forward to trying your recipe. Peace :)


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

fundamentallife It is really good.....I like making squash taste like something else!

Justom Hey Mrs. Dash is for us lazy ones who want the spices without the sodium...that's why she gets so much attention. I wish I was selling the stuff. Oh, maybe I will try.

Susiecat It is, it is really good and suprisingly satisfying!

LillyGrillzit It is healthy but better yet, it is delicious and I am one who usually turns his nose up at squash, but this is really good.

Hello Hello It is really good. Like I said, I usually don't like squash unless it is pumpkin pie.

Katiem2 I know you will love it...it is so good and so healthy.

To all, I am so glad you all came by and read my hub and left me great comments. Thanks so much.


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Sounds great Steve, and very timely as the squashes are about ready to pick!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

It is ......thanks for reading Allan and I love this recipe.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

I have never had stuffed squash, and I'm not sure I have even heard of it. I think I would like it! Thanks, and I am bookmarking!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I have never tasted squash so this is a great way to get me started, thanks for the info, I am collecting new recipes now to add to my limited cooking skills! lol cheers nell


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danatheteacher 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

yummy tummy tummy


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Nell Rose I decided to write the recipes that I like and are healthy. I thougt I would have at least a hundred. So far, I have about 3, LOL. Thanks for reading, I appreciate it. Hope you try the squash recipe, it is really good.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Dana Thanks once again for the read. You might like this one, it is good.


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Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

You had me at delicious, low fat and low calorie! I'm always looking for new ways to make squash. This sounds delicious. Have to try it!


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

Nice recipe. I'll try this.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thanks couponalbum, you won't regret it.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I don't think that turkey sausage is sold here. Any ideas for a replacement? Otherwise this is a recipe I would love to try. Thanks for sharing it.

Love and peace

Tony


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

tonymac04 Turkey sausage is just a low fat option. You can use any kind of sausage, but try to choose a low fat one so that you can keep the recipe healthy. It really adds a little something to the recipe and makes squash pretty nice to eat. Thanks for stopping by and reading my stuff.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Yum! I never had this before - definitely must try. Great idea! Thank you so much!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@GmaGoldie Oh it is so good, thanks for stopping by and I hope you do try it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great recipe - I love squash. It's a definate must-try.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@KoffeeKlatch Gals It is a good recipe, and healthy too. Thanks for reading.

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