Paleo Beef and Bacon Stuffed Butternut Squash

Yum.  This is the first time I’ve ever made anything with butternut squash, and honestly, I’m not sure I could’ve told you what it tasted like before this recipe.  I’ve had butternut squash soup before, but that’s about it I think.  Although my mom might tell me differently.

Paleo Beef and Bacon Stuffed Butternut Squash

1 lb grass fed beef (got it from Trader Joes this time)

1 butternut squash

2 medium size onions – sliced

1 stalk of celery – diced

3 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F
  2. Cut squash in half and scrape out the seeds
    Place face down in a pyrex dish with 1/2 of hot water and cook for 30 Minutes
    While it’s in the oven, cook the bacon in a pan until crispy, set aside and leave the bacon fat in the pan
  3. Add 2 of the sliced onions and celery to the pan and then add the beef
    Season with Salt and Pepper to taste and your cinnamon
  4. Continue stirring until the beef is finished, remove from heat and place in a bowl
  5. Remove the squash from the oven, when you can handle it scrape out some of the guts, leaving ~1/4 inch of squash, add squash to bowl with meat
  6. Crumble your bacon and add that to the bowl as well
  7. Mix well and then stuff your squashes with the beef mixture and place back in the 350 Degree oven for 20 minutes
  8. While your squash are baking, add your reserved onion to your sauté pan and cook them over low heat with your balsamic to caramelize them
  9. Remove squash from oven, top with caramelized onions and Enjoy

    Jack saw the bacon and meat and asked that I not ruin it with the squash :)Side Salad

I did add the meat to the squash and Jack still likes it.  I will however suggest not using that much cinnamon if you aren’t a cinnamon fan.  I think it’s a little much.

For a serving size, I think it varies.  I gave Jack about a half of one and I gave myself a 1/4 of one with a large side salad for lunch.  The past few weeks I’ve just made a large salad and kept it in a container that we can fix meals from whenever.  It’s a lot easier than having to make smaller salads everyday. 

Also, a pic from Halloween:

Jack as "Bear" and me as "Backpacker"

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