Sweet & Savory Stuffed Squash

THE BASE: an acorn squash, not quite as sweet as butternut and the perfect shape for stuffing. 

THE STUFFING: sweet apples & figs, crispy bacon, and fried sage

This dish gives you fruits and veggies all built in. Pair it with a good source of protein like an ooey gooey over easy egg or some pulled chicken, and it's like you're having your cake and eating it too... except it's squash... not cake.

Sweet & Savory Acorn Stuffed Squash

SERVES 2

  • 1 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds scooped out
  • olive oil
  • 3 slices applewood smoked bacon, diced
  • fresh sage
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 2 fresh figs, diced
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (or gluten free)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.  Place your acorn squash halves in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and roast until tender/soft (about 35 minutes).

While the squash is roasting cook bacon over medium heat on the stove.  When fragrant and crispy add in the onions, celery, and fresh sage.  Let all this cook, stirring frequently until the celery is tender.  Add in the chopped up apples and figs.  Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes just to soften everything up and then transfer to a large bowl.

In the large bowl mix in the breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper. 

When the squash is roasted, remove it from the oven and divide the mixture up between the two halves.  Then stick the mixture back into the oven until mixture is set.  If the top browns too much before the middle is set then put tin foil over the halves while they bake.

Apple Turkey Tails

Snack time isn't always fun time. Snacks can be tough. Is this too much? Not enough? Too sweet? Too salty? Too involved? Too boring? Having healthy options on hand can mean no more anxiety laden snack time blues. 

Snacks can be simple and healthy. Actually, multiple “meals,” aka snacks, throughout the day can be very beneficial in that you won’t be ravenously hungry come meal-time or be tempted to binge on the french fries calling your name. A lot of the time, homemade is healthier. There're no surprises when you do the making, but when you are in a pinch with no time for prep or much thought at all, there are a few snacks that come already made that I just love. Two of my favorites are Steve’s PaleoGoods and Siggi's Yogurt… oh and did I mention, they go perfectly together.

Steve’s PaleoGoods is a National Program based out of Camden, NJ that sells paleo friendly goods. The proceeds from sales go towards Steve’s Club for training at-risk kids in CrossFit and is working to start similar programs across the nation. If that isn’t a good cause, then I don’t know what is. Not just that, but their products are great! For this snack I used Steve’s PaleoKrunch, a grainless granola bar made with coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and honey as my crumbled “granola”.

Under that is one of my new favorite products, Siggi’s Yogurt. The yogurt is actually an Icelandic style skyr, a strained yogurt that looks and tastes a lot like greek yogurt. It’s super creamy and tasty with just the right amount of sweet and it’s made from milk from grass-fed cows. I used the coconut flavor and literally had to lick it off my plate. Siggi’s Yogurt might be low on sugar, but it’s big on taste and healthy protein from almost four times the amount of milk as regular yogurt. Regular greek yogurt is also a great sub here. 

These little snacks are really cute for the thanksgiving season and sure to get kids snacking on healthy apple slices with protein packed yogurt to dip in.

Apple Turkey Tails

  • 1/2 large gala apple, cored and cut into slices
  • 1 container Siggi's coconut yogurt or plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Steve's PaleoKrunch, original flavor

Directions: 

Fan out your apple slices to look like a turkey tail. Dollop yogurt onto the edge of the apples as the turkey "body". Top with crumbled Steve's PaleoKrunch bar. Use apple slices to scoop up yogurt & granola. 

Now that's a snack you can feel good about.