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Ambassador [Associate]
Ambassador [Associate]
  • 731 calories
  • 45 min
  • 4 servings


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 small butternut squash
  • ½ small pkg fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 (1 inch) pieces ginger root
  • 1 ½ lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon, ground
  • cumin, ground
  • pure maple syrup
  • salt
  • virgin coconut oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and position rack in the center. 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 2 cups per person.
    • 2 small butternut squash
  3. Wash and dry thyme. Slide leaves off the stems; discard the stems.
    • ½ 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.
    • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
    • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp salt
  5. Roughly chop walnuts and add to bowl with the coconut oil and spices.
    • ½ 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.
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 2 (1 inch) pieces ginger root
  8. Add ground turkey to the bowl with the garlic and ginger.
    • 1 ½ lb ground turkey
  9. Mince bacon and add to ground turkey.
    • 6 slices bacon
  10. Season turkey and bacon with cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
    • ½ tsp cumin
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ 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!

Nutrition per Serving

Net Carbs


  • baking sheet pan
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • garlic press (optional)
  • grater (optional)
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • oven mitts
  • small saucepan
  • spatula
  • vegetable peeler