Set yourself up for a week of super-satisfying lunches with these south of the border-style meal-prep bowls. We took one of our favorite recipes, Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash (see Associated Recipes) and repurposed the filling into a tasty topping for low-carb spaghetti squash. The Mexican-inspired seasoning blend adds a lot of flavor easily, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and queso fresco finishes the dish. Source:, August 2019

Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D.


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place spaghetti squash, cut-side down, in a microwave-safe dish and add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, 10 to 15 minutes; set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  • Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan; heat over medium heat. Add green pepper and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add summer squash; cook, stirring, just until the squash is tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the turkey, tomatoes, chile-lime seasoning, salt and crushed red pepper (if using); heat through.

  • Scrape the squash flesh from the shells with a fork; divide among 4 single-serving containers (about 1 cup each). Top each with 1¼ cups of the turkey mixture. Seal the containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

  • To reheat 1 container, vent the lid and microwave on High until steaming, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Top with 2 tablespoons queso fresco and 1 tablespoon cilantro.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat and top with queso fresco and cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 4.5 g saturated fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 538 mg sodium. 710 mg potassium; 24.9 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 27.9 g protein; 1223 IU vitamin a iu; 51 mg vitamin c; 45 mcg folate; 167 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 41 mg magnesium;