STUFFED ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH KALE AND CHORIZO (PALEO, VEGAN, WHOLE30)

This was a perfect dish to switch up my regular dinner routine. Heres the good news: the most challenging thing about this recipe was cutting the butternut squash in equal halves!

Ingredients:

Squash:
1 medium sized butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp of salt, pepper, garlic power, and paprika

Stuffing:
4 cups of kale (roughly – really used about 4 large stems of green kale)
1/2 cup of chopped chorizo (omit if VG)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup of veg broth
1 chopped garlic glove
1/2 shallot
salt + pepper
fruit and nuts (I used apples, walnuts)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Oil both butternut squash, sprinkle with seasonings. Place cut side faced down and bake for 15 mins. Flip and cook for 45-60min until tender
3. Heat oil in medium heat pan. Cook chorizo until crispy. Add shallot and garlic. Cook for 3-5 min until tender. Place kale, cook for 10 min. Add water and extra oil if needed. Sim for 10-15 min.
4. Remove squash and place stuffing on top. Add desired toppings. Serve warm and enjoy!



PALEO PUMPKIN PIE BARS (PALEO, GF)

Toronto is in that weird period between Halloween and all things pumpkin and just before houses begin to display their flashy Christmas decor and gift shopping anxiety sets in. This is also the time where your butternut squashes, pumpkins and other gourdly like foods items are slowly making their way out of the front of the grocery store. In an attempt to salvage whatever is remaining of the fall season, I made these not overly sweet pumpkin pie bars for my family. The base of this recipe can be used with a ton of different fillings and textures so have a look and don’t be afraid to switch it around!

Ingredients FOR THE BASE:

  • 1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1  can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (honey can be used but will be less sweet!)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Steps:

  1. Preheat over to 350 and line baking dish with parchment paper
  2. Mix wet ingredients of the base in mixer. Then add dry ingredients and mix well until a cookie dough texture. I found the mixture a little dry which is why I added more coconut flour.
  3. Press the cookie dough flat into the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  4. Mix all ingredients for the filling in mixture. Pour over cookie base and bake for 1 hour, or until the mixture is firm and doesn’t jiggle. Here I added extra pumpkin spice and vanilla for more sweetness!
  5. Let cool and place dessert in freezer to cut into bars. Serve with any topics! (Here I used unsweetened coconut) Enjoy!

***Thank you to Ambitious Kitchen for the base of the recipe 🙂 **


SHEPARD’S PIE (PALEO, GF, KETO)

The hardest part of switching to Paleo was giving up the potatoes. Fried, mashed, baked – every which way is strictly forbidden no matter how hard I tried!! This was a tough pill to swallow. But no fear – I conquered it and here I am now with a Paleo version to my favourite ever Shepard’s Pie. To tell you the truth I don’t miss the iconic white potatoes in this dish one bit 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, or three smaller ones
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mix of carrots and peas
  • 1 lbs lean ground beef (or any ground meat you wish)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic power
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of Paleo ketchup (if using tomato sauce, add more seasonings to for extra flavour)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup ghee

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into smaller chunks. Place on double boiler to steam to mash potatoes later on.

2. Place 1 tbsp of olive oil on pan with medium-high heat. Add onions, and when they become translucent (about 3 mins) add frozen mix of carrots and peas (another 5 mins) until tender. Toss in (2 cloves) garlic and cook until garlic becomes aromatic (2 mins)

3. Add ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces for easier cooking. Cook until brown (6-10 mins), and drain excess liquid to avoid an oily dishes. Leave 1 tbsp of oil in pan to avoid burning.

4. Add tomato paste or Paleo ketchup, water, seasonings, and mix well. Cook for 5-8mins until tomato paste and water has slightly dissipated.

5. Add arrowroot starch and mix well. Keep adding until you reach desired texture one tbsp at a time.Arrowroot starch thickens the meat mixture to hold the dish together. Once finished, remove the meat and fill pan. I used a 8×8 glass dish.

6. Remove sweet potatoes from steamer and mash well. Add 1/4 cup of ghee and 1 minced garlic clove. Mix well. Once finished, place mashed potatoes on top of meat and spread with spoon/spatula.

7. Bake for 30 mins, until top of Shepard’s pie develops a slight crust. Let chill, serve, and enjoy!! 🙂