Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This recipe for stuffed acorn squash uses my easy Crock Pot Chicken along with kale, white beans (gasp!!) and fresh herbs to really make it flavorful and delicious!

Beans are not technically considered Paleo.  But I don’t believe they are quite the evil little devils they’ve been made out to be!  They do have some lectins (an anti-nutritent) in them, but these are pretty much wiped away by soaking and cooking the beans, as Chris Kresser explains here. And I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t like eating raw beans, so I don’t think this to be much of a problem!

Then top off this delicious mixture with some toasted hazelnuts, a drizzle of a good extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, to really bring out the flavors and make it special and very elegant!

This would be a great one to serve to some dinner guests!

If you don’t do well with beans, or just don’t want them, substitute some extra chicken in the recipe.

Stuffed Acorn Squash
 
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An elegant, yet easy dish.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 acorn squashes, halved and de-seeded
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ½ cup cooked white beans
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsps chopped and toasted hazelnuts
  • olive oil and lemon for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rub about 1 tsp of coconut oil on the inside of the squash and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake face down for 30 minutes until tender. Flip and set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in pan over medium high heat.
  5. Cook onion until it starts to caramelize slightly.
  6. Turn heat down to medium low and add the kale, sage, thyme
  7. Cook until the kale is wilted, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add beans and chicken and heat throughout.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Scoop mixture into the squash and top with toasted hazelnuts.
  11. Drizzle with some olive oil and a squeeze of lemon on top if desired.
Notes
I used a cast iron pan for this recipe and it works great.

 

3 Comments

  • Dona Landrum says:

    This recipe looks delicious, a question in regards to the spices sage and thyme. When a recipe calls for fresh and a person only has dried, what is the conversion amount???

    • That is a great question Dona! I was not sure off hand, but came across this from Martha Stewart, “Because dried herbs are generally more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you’ll need less — typically three times the amount of fresh herbs as dry. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, you need only 1 teaspoon of dried, since 3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon.”
      Hope that helps! 🙂

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