Savory Stuffed Butternut Squash – GF, DF, EF, LF (AKA – PALEO)

The Good Half

So I found this AMAZING recipe for Sausage Stuffed B-Squash last week and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I loved the inspiration this recipe gave me.  It looked like something this crisp autumn weather wanted me to eat and I couldn’t wait to make it my own!

I gathered my Ingredients:

Fresh Veggies!

Fresh Veggies!

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, minced
  • yellow pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lbs pork sausage
  • 1t rosemary
  • 1t thyme
  • 1t sage
  • 2T bacon fat, or other fat

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

    Lovey Loves to help!

    Lovey Loves to help!

  2. Half and deseed the squash. Place meat down (flat edge) into a shallow pan that has about 1/2″ of water in it.  Cook squash for 40-55 minutes.
  3. While the squash is cooking (I called it the f@$@%&$ gourd most of the evening), saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms and pepper.  Add in the sausage when the liquid is almost gone.
  4. When sausage is cooked, remove from heat and cover to keep warm until gourd is done.
  5. When gourd is done, it should scoop easily from itself, scoop innards out and put into the sausage/
    The Good Half

    The Good Half

    veggie mix. Mix well.  Take strong care not to mutilate the gourd (this is about the time I really started calling it names).

  6. If you didn’t mutilate the gourd, like I may have, you can spoon the stuffing back into the gourd.  If you did mess up the gourd, that is OKAY!! Just spoon the stuffing into any casserole pan that will hold it.  I happened to have one half of a gourd and I also had to use a small Pyrex dish.

Turd Nuggets You Can Eat? DIY Lara Bars If It Suits You Better….

Since I am now Paleo for health concerns and Lovey Levin is done his Gluten Challenge, I wanted to find a snack everyone could eat and enjoy…. Boy did I find it and modified it, of course!!

Lovey has named them Turd Nuggets, but they are essentially DIY Lara Bars.

13671_10153170280780505_6702064033195447429_nIngredients – ONLY 4!!!

  • 1/3 C of dates (that’s a chopped measurement, so I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 C of craisins (raisins would work too!)
  • 1/4 C of cashews (I usually use raw organic but I just ran out)
  • 1/8 – 1/4 C of Enjoy Life chocolate (whatever you have on hand)

To make these is incredibly easy!! 10647066_10153170280550505_4335395912822907967_n

  1. Toss the measured amount of Dates and Craisins into your food processor. I use my nutribullet with the regular shake blade (not the milling blade).  Scoop into a bowl after everything is fully processed.
  2. Now toss in your chips and nuts! Do the same thing!
  3. Knead the two items together until it looks like a gigantic TURD (true story)!!17199_10153170277840505_7703813302729237871_n
  4. Pinch off a small bit and now roll into balls.

11066616_10153170277740505_9155661714084730362_nI store mine in a lidded bowl, in the fridge.  You think they would stick together but they don’t too much.  Just give them a strong shake and they will all separate.  We go through these so quickly in my house that they usually don’t make it to the fridge.

Enjoy!!