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Thursday 30 July 2015

Bacon and Beef Stuffed Butternut Squash


This dish is so versatile it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (accompanied by a side dish such as sautéed kale), and even reheated as leftovers. 

Serves 2 - 4
2 to 3 lb butternut squash, cut in half, pith and seeds removed
1 lb ground (minced) beef
8 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ lb mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp sea salt
ground pepper to taste
½ tsp dried thyme
1 TB fresh chives, chopped for garnish

1. Preheat oven. 350°F (180°C/Gas 4).

2. Place squash cut side down in a roasting pan in a ½ inch water and bake for 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, on a medium heat sauté bacon, onion and mushrooms for 8 minutes.
4. Add beef and remaining ingredients (except chives) and continue to cook for 15 minutes and then let cool.
5. Scoop most of the pulp from the squash and add to beef mix.
6. Fill squash halves with mix, return to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and serve garnished with fresh chives.


Original recipe idea from Chris Kresser here

Butternut squash is one of the most nutritious and healthiest vegetables you can eat, with a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as significant amounts of digestive fiber.

It not only tastes great, it is also low in calories, yet surprisingly filling. Many people would do well to replace fattening potato products with the far healthier and nutritionally superior butternut squash. Find out more here

All the best Jan


eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great recipe, I love the squash but the bacon does not sit well for me. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Eileen and thanks for your comment. Many people do have aversions / allergies etc. with certain foods - perhaps just enjoy this recipe minus the bacon. Beef and Squash sounds good to me ...

Have a happy day

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Love all these ingredients, will try this recipe out soon.


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Nona, and many thanks for your comment. Enjoy this dish when you do get around to cooking it ... it's a colourful and tasty dish.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

Minus the cow and pig, and I'm there. Yum.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Ivy ... yes the mushrooms and the herbs (plus some red pepper perhaps) would be 'yum'.

Happy Friday - well it will soon be here!

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

I would happily eat the cow and pig if they didn't hurt my tummy right now. But there is this one brand of bacon that I can eat without a problem. Maybe I can try that.


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Ivy - perhaps try that brand, see how you feel.

Take Care my blogging friend, sending good thoughts your way.

All the best Jan