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Curry Butternut Squash with Turkey, Spinach and Hominy

This curry butternut squash with turkey, spinach and hominy is an elegantly spiced, gluten-free, one-pan meal that takes only 45 minutes to make!

If you’ve never used hominy in your cooking before, you’ll love it! It’s a plump, chewy kernel of white corn that’s been dried and soaked in a mineral lime bath. It has a mild flavor and is traditionally used in Mexican cooking, but I thought it would add the perfect texture to this Indian-spiced meal!

A bowl of curry, turkey butternut squash on a dark table with a lace table cloth, a bowl of shaved almonds and a few mint leaves.

Hominy doesn’t just add a great flavor and texture to this tasty meal, it’s very nutritious! It’s rich in B vitamins, full of fiber, low on calories, low on sugar, it’s gluten-free and has almost no fat!

A bowl of hominy on a cutting board with an onion and garlic.

How Should I Serve This Meal?

You can serve it on top of rice or served with a fluffy piece of Naan bread. But if you’re looking to cut back on the carbs, you can certainly eat it just as it comes, like a stew. Personally, I just put it in a bowl and eat it with a big soup spoon!

How Spicy Is This Recipe?

The spiciness of this recipe is on the “hot” side, so if you want to pull back on the cayenne pepper, go right ahead. Personally, though, I like to add a whole table spoon of hot sauce to spice it up even more, but to each their own.

Can It Be Reheated and Stored For Later?

Of course it can! Simply store it in a container with a lid in the fridge for at least a week and a half, or freeze it. It thaws perfectly, and just as deliciously as if you just made it.

A skillet with spiced turkey and vegetables, with hominy placed on top.

What Kind of Curry Should I Use For This Recipe?

I used a Moroccan style curry called Ras El Hanout (which translates to “top of the shop,” implying a mixture of the best spices a shop has to offer), but any kind of Indian, Caribbean or Thai curry will do!

The measurements for this recipe should be perfect for most curries, but if you know yours is either on the strong or weak side, take it into account when adding, especially if it’s on the strong side. Add just a little at a time when you’re mixing in your spices and taste.

What Will I Need to Make This Recipe?

  • A large, deep skillet
  • A potato masher
  • A cutting board and sharp knife for chop’n veggies.

How to Make Curry Butternut Squash with Turkey, Spinach and Hominy – Step by Step

A step-by-step process of cutting vegetables and mixing spices.

1. Prepare your ingredients. Chop your butternut squash into small-medium size cubes, (discard the hard skin).

2. Chop your 2 small red onions into chunky slices.

3. Mince your 4 garlic cloves.

4. Open your can of hominy and carefully pour out the juices. Once drained set aside.

5. Drain your thawed, chopped spinach and set aside. Make sure all the water is squeezed out.

6. Combine your spices in a bowl and set aside: ½ tsp. cardamom, 2 tsp. curry, ½ ground nutmeg, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. flour, ½ tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. sea salt, and ½ tsp. black pepper.

A step by step process of adding vegetables, turkey and spices to a hot pan to make a stew.

7. Over a medium flame, add your butternut squash to your skillet with 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Brown your squash for about 5 minutes, then add your onions. Cook together until squash is tender, about 5 more minutes.

8. Gently mash your butternut squash. Allow it to stay a bit chunky. You just want to beak it up a tiny bit.

9. Use a spatula to gently push your squash and onions to one side of the pan, add a drizzle of olive oil to the empty side and brown your minced garlic, making sure it doesn’t burn. It cooks quickly so you want to use a spatula to scrape it up and mix it around. This takes about 3-5 minutes.

10. Once your garlic is brown, add your turkey and chop it gently into your mixture. Brown for about 5 minutes, then add your spices and mix.

11. Add your spinach and hominy. Gently mix into your spiced turkey and vegetables.

12. Add 3½ cups of chicken stock to the pan, raise the temperature to high and stir. Allow to boil and reduce to your desired texture. If you want it to be more of a stew, let it reduce over a high flame, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. For more of a thick soup, allow it to reduce for 5-10 minutes. 

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A bowl of curry, turkey butternut squash on a dark table with a lace table cloth, a bowl of shaved almonds and a few mint leaves.
Curry Butternut Squash with Turkey, Spinach and Hominy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This curry butternut squash with turkey, spinach and hominy is an elegantly spiced, gluten-free, one-pan meal that only takes 45 minutes to make and is such a perfect make-ahead meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: curry
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Genevieve Morrison
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 13 oz. can of white hominy (pozole)
  • tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz. package frozen, chopped spinach - thawed and drained
  • 4 large garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 small red onions - chopped
  • 1 butternut squash - chopped into cubes
  • cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg - ground
  • 2 tsp. curry
  • ½ tsp. cardamom - ground
  • 1 tsp. sea salt - or kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare your ingredients. Chop your butternut squash into small-medium size cubes and discard the hard skin. Chop your 2 small, red onions into chunky slices and mince your 4 garlic cloves.

  2. Open your can of hominy and carefully pour out the juices. Once drained set aside.

  3. Drain your thawed, chopped spinach and set aside. Make sure all the water is squeezed out.

  4. Combine your spices in a bowl and set aside: ½ tsp. cardamom, 2 tsp. curry, ½ ground nutmeg, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. flour, ½ tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. sea salt, and ½ tsp. black pepper.  

  5. Over a medium flame, add your butternut squash to your skillet with 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Brown your squash for about 5 minutes, then add your onions. Cook together until squash is tender, about 5 more minutes.

  6. Gently mash your butternut squash. Allow it to stay a bit chunky. You just want to beak it up a tiny bit.

  7. Use a spatula to gently push your squash and onions to one side of the pan, add a drizzle of olive oil to the empty side and brown your minced garlic, making sure it doesn’t burn. It cooks quickly so you want to use a spatula to scrape it up and mix it around. This takes about 3-5 minutes.

  8. Once your garlic is brown, add your turkey and chop it gently into your mixture. Brown for about 5 minutes, then add your spices and mix. 

  9. Add your spinach and hominy. Gently mix into your spiced turkey and vegetables.

  10. Add 3½ cups of chicken stock to the pan, raise the temperature to high and stir. Allow to boil and reduce to your desired texture. If you want it to be more of a stew, let it reduce over a high flame, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. For more of a thick soup, allow it to reduce for 5-10 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts
Curry Butternut Squash with Turkey, Spinach and Hominy
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 972mg 41%
Potassium 1201mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 462.6%
Vitamin C 43.1%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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