Spicy Venison Squash Casserole

Spicy Venison Squash Casserole
Spicy Venison Squash Casserole

Just in time for summer–my Spicy Venison Squash Casserole recipe. It will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. It’s low in fat and loaded with potassium, protein, and vitamin A. It’s so delicious and easy to make, too.

This is one recipe I’m always anxious to make every summer. There’s nothing like going to the garden and picking fresh squash, onions, and tomatoes and frying these delicious veggies up with wild meat that you didn’t buy from the store. Of course, I know not everyone has a garden or access to fresh veggies at all times of the year, so I always try to list store-bought ingredients to make things simple.

Not only do I get excited about all the organic ingredients, but this dish only has 295 calories per serving. Can you believe that? It’s not often that you have a meal with so little calories, so this dish is very diet-friendly.

However, if you are on a very strict diet, please check out the Spicy Venison Squash Casserole nutrition facts and my directions to make it more diet-friendly towards the bottom of this page.

Spicy Venison Squash Casserole

Prep Time: 5 MinutesYield: 6 Servings
Cook Time: 30 MinutesServing Size: 1 Square
Total Time: 35 MinutesCalories Per Serving: 295

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground deer burger
  • 4 medium yellow squash, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp of olive oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Fry the ground deer burger in a skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it fries. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove any excess grease and set it aside for later.
  2. Heat a frying pan with olive oil over medium heat and add the squash and onions and dash them with salt and black pepper to taste. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add the ground deer burger, tomatoes, and chili powder to the pan and gently mix.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into an 8″ x 9″ casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes–just long enough to melt the cheese.

This goes great with baked potato wedges or some hot rolls. You probably know me enough by now to know that I like to eat it plain–without sides. It’s even good as leftovers the next day.

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The good, the bad, and the delicious…

  • Spicy Venison Squash Casserole is low in calories, very low in sugar, very high in protein, vitamin C, and calcium. 
  • It also might be too high in fat and cholesterol for some.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Spicy Venison Squash Casserole Nutrition Facts

Yields: 6 SquaresServing: 1 Square
 Calories 295Calories from fat: 61%
 % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 20 g 31%
 Saturated Fat 12 g 59%
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g 
 Trans Fat 0.0g 
 Cholesterol 86 mg 29%
 Sodium 425 mg 18%
Potassium 724 mg21%
 Total Carbohydrates 11 g 4%
 Dietary Fiber 3 g 13%
 Sugars 2 g 
 Protein 25 g50%
 Vitamin A 16%Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 20%Iron 4%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

To make this dish more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat you could use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger. To help lower the fat, even more, use low fat or fat-free cheese or you can use only half of the cheese or omit it. 
  • Whatever changes you make to your Spicy Venison Squash Casserole, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com

Bon Appétit

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