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Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin with Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Pecan

by Dr. Bill Rawls | November 9, 2015

Stray from traditional turkey this Thanksgiving and impress your friends and family with this stuffed turkey tenderloin recipe, filled with our fall favorites.
 

Ingredients

Vital Plan stuffed turkey tenderloin recipe ingredients

  • 2 boneless turkey tenderloins (1 lb)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup baby kale or spinach
  • 3 sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 6 to 8 pieces cooking twine
  • cooking spray

Instructions

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil, then add shallots and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, or until golden.
Vital Plan Turkey Tenderloin Recipe add shallots and garlic over med-low heat

2. Add butternut squash, cranberries, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon water and cover; cook on low for 10 minutes with lid on.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe add squash cranberries maple syrupVital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe cook with lid

3. Remove lid and add kale, salt, sage, and pepper, cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes, then set aside to cool and mix in pecans.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe add kale and spices mix in pecansVital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin add kale and spices mix in pecans

4. Cut a pocket into the sides of the tenderloins, careful not to cut all the way through at the ends. Season the inside and outside of the turkey with salt.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe cut and season turkey with saltVital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin cut and season turkey with salt

5. Lightly spray pan with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Lightly sear each turkey breast on each side.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe sear turkey breast on each side

6. Stuff each turkey breast with about 3/4 cup of squash mixture, or eyeball amount. Tie each breast with twine and cut off any extra, then preheat oven to 375°F.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe stuff with squash tie turkey with twine
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin stuff with squash tie turkey with twine

7. Place stuffed turkey into oven-proof pan or baking dish and cover with foil. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Allow to sit 5 minutes before cutting off twine. Slice as desired.
Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe bake for 25-30 minutesVital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin bake for 25-30 minutes

Enjoy!

Vital Plan Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

This recipe was adapted from SkinnyTaste and tested / approved in the Vital Plan kitchen.

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Dr. Bill Rawls

ABOUT BILL RAWLS, M.D.

Dr. Rawls graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1985 and he holds a medical license in North Carolina. He also has extensive training in alternative therapies and is Medical Director of Vital Plan, an herbal supplement company in Raleigh, N.C.

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