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Maple Bacon Turkey Meatballs with Butternut Squash & Spiced Walnuts.

  • 3 slices
    bacon
  • 1 small
    butternut squash
  • ¼ small pkg
    fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves
    garlic
  • 1 (1 inch) piece
    ginger root
  • ¾ lb
    ground turkey
  • ¼ cup
    walnuts
  •  
    black pepper
  •  
    cinnamon
  •  
    cumin
  •  
    pure maple syrup
  •  
    salt
  •  
    virgin coconut oil
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 425°F and position rack in the centre. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2
    Wash the butternut squash. Trim off and discard the ends of the squash; halve the squash lengthwise and scrape out the seeds from each half. Peel and cut into ½-inch cubes, about 4 cups.
    1 small butternut squash
  • 3
    Wash and dry thyme. Slide leaves off the stems; discard the stems.
    ¼ small pkg fresh thyme
  • 4
    In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, thyme and salt. Stir to combine then remove from the heat and add to a medium bowl.
    1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
    2 tbsp pure maple syrup
    ⅛ tsp cinnamon
    ⅛ tsp salt
  • 5
    Roughly chop walnuts and add to bowl with the coconut oil and spices.
    ¼ cup walnuts
  • 6
    Add butternut squash pieces to bowl. Toss to coat and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • 7
    Peel and mince the garlic. Peel and mince or grate the ginger. Add to a medium bowl.
    2 cloves garlic
    1 (1 inch) piece ginger root
  • 8
    Add ground turkey to the bowl with the garlic and ginger.
    ¾ lb ground turkey
  • 9
    Mince bacon and add to ground turkey.
    3 slices bacon
  • 10
    Season turkey and bacon with cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
    ¼ tsp cumin
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 11
    Form meat mixture into 2-inch size meatballs and place on top of squash.
  • 12
    Bake for 15-20 minutes, until meatballs are golden brown and cooked through and squash is soft.
  • 13
    To serve, divide squash, spiced walnuts and meatballs between plates. Enjoy!