Skillet Turkey & Butternut Squash; she’s back

I did say a few more winter squash recipes, right?

I haven’t told mon mari yet but I still have one big blue pumpkin in the cave.

I’m debating…. I can either make another big batch of soup for the freezer, which will have me eating soup for lunch until June (when the lettuce is ready.) or I can give it to a friend for her animals. I know the chickens will eat it but I have no idea about the horses.

The third option is just drop it from a great height into the compost pile and let nature handle it.

As I make that decision, I have a seed catalog on my desk. It’s time to plan this year’s potager.

Once again I have to grapple with the gardener’s conundrum:

If I plant 3 pumpkin (butternut squash, zucchini, etc.) which would provide us with a reasonable harvest it’s almost guaranteed that 2 of the plants will die and the 3rd one will produce 2 of whatever.

If I plant 4 pumpkin (butternut squash, zucchini, etc,) all 4 plants will go into overdrive and grow into mammoth plants producing enough to feed a small country.

Sod’s Law…. or not.

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Skillet Turkey & Butternut Squash

I had a bag of yellow tomatoes in the freezer – thus the color in this dish. Red ones will be perfectly fine.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Skillet Dinners


  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • (300gr) turkey cutlets or tenderloin or chicken, cut into bite-size pieces 
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 4oz (125gr) mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped, peeled, tomatoes, reserve juices for another use
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) dry sherry
  • 3oz (90gr) feta, cubed
  • 1 tbs olive oil 


  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add stock or water. Cook rice for length of time on package. When done fluff with fork. 
  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion, celery, mushrooms to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic, paprika, and stir-fry another 2 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to medium, add turkey and stir-fry until lightly browned.  
  • Add squash, tomatoes, sherry, cover and cook over low heat until squash is tender, about 15 minutes. 
  • Stir in feta and serve over rice.


If it dries out add more sherry, tomato juices or water The tomatoes added a lot of liquid. Leftover tomato sauce can be stored in the fridge for a few days or frozen for another use.

Keywords: turkey, butternut squash, skillet dinner

Turkey & Butternut Squash Skillet

Something interesting happened last week on our morning walk.

Guapa and I have continued our walks, although without Bonnie it’s not as much fun. It’s been 5 months since Bonnie died and we still miss her lots.

But last week our local farmer drove past on his tractor just as we were leaving the gate one morning.

Instead of moseying out of the gate at her usual glacial pace, Guapa ran out and watched him turn into the field. Then she looked at me and jumped up. We proceeded to run and jump and play for our whole walk.

She was acting like a puppy.


We got back to the house and she ran around, sniffing and checking stuff out.

The next morning she was prancing at the bottom of the stairs, like the old days, when I came down for our walk. She’s been waiting, prancing and wagging her tail, every morning since.

She chased a rabbit….. Then she chased another one.

Maybe she has spring fever…. Maybe she’s finally adjusting to being an only dog.

Whichever it is – I’m glad to have my dog back. It’s nice to see a bounce in her step again.

6 thoughts on “Skillet Turkey & Butternut Squash; she’s back”

  1. Good for Guapa. Our Murphy was in a terrible funk for a good year after our red dobe died. He was quiet, wasn’t interested in much, I would take him to doggy day care once a week to get him out and interested, but at 105 pounds, they had to carry him into the back or he refused to go. It broke my heart. Then one day when I took him in, he pranced into the back never checking to see if I was still behind him or not. He plays with his toys again, tries to play with my daughter’s dog when he comes to visit, even tries to play with our cat though all he gets in response is a look of disdain from her.

    Dogs grieve. Just like people do. No one can tell me any different either. I’m glad though that Guapa is getting back to her old self.

    You could always plant the four plants and take your chances, pulling one if they really take off though if you’re anything like me, it sort of feels like assassinating them for doing what their supposed to.

    • It was nice to see her prancing about…. I;m hoping she’ll start wanting to be outside again when the weather dries out. It’s strange tho – she no longer sleeps on her own beds or in her old favorite spots. She’s always where Bonnie used to be and on Bonnie’s bed.
      I can’t pull a plant out once it’s growing well – just can’t do it…. I will over-plant again, as usual lol

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