Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GAPS Moroccan-Spiced Stuffed Acorn Squash

Squash has been taboo around our house.  Only myself and the baby eat it with pleasure.  When you ask my eldest two what food they dislike the most, squash was sure to be their answer for four years running.  In fact, it is the only food that they have ever shown consistent distaste for. I had to be careful to call summer squash zucchini, not to taint it for the kids. If I ever used squash for anything, it had to be completely unrecognizable and called “pumpkin.”  A short while into the GAPS diet, I started using more and more squash.  They saw me buying it and cutting it all the time, but when it got to the table it was “sweet potato fries” or “sweet potato pudding” or “mashed sweet potatoes” or “pumpkin bars” or “pumpkin muffins” or “pumpkin crunch” or “vegetable noodles.” Yeah, I use a lot of squash.

This recipe laid it all to rest.  There was no hiding that they were being served squash for dinner, the one thing they detested the most.  They grit it and bore it and ended up admitting, that squash was no longer something they disliked.  Still, when I scraped out the last bit of squash from the skin and brought it to his lips he said “no, thanks.”  It still felt like a win, and this recipe is definitely a keeper!

I have been trying to make large portions of our tried and true recipe to reheat for another meal, or freeze for later.  I was able to put away a weekend’s worth of food for my kids that I gave my mother in-law to feed them while I was away.  It made things easy for her and kept me from worrying about what they were eating.

This makes a large amount, 8 servings.  But it is so good that it doesn’t go as far as planned.  I ate 2 servings for dinner tonight, probably could go for a third after typing this out.

4 acorn squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 banana pepper (optional)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 pound ground meat, browned
1 cup meat stock
1/2 cup raisins or chopped apples
½ cup butter
4 cloves garlic, minced

Place squash, cut-side down on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, until flesh is tender. I cook these earlier in the day, turning off the oven after 15 minutes and leaving in the oven until dinner to keep warm.  Heat oil in large fry pan on medium high heat and add onions, brown slightly before adding celery, carrots and peppers.  I used the banana pepper for a little heat, any pepper would do here, you could also use cayenne.  Salt the vegetables well and let the pan come back up to heat before adding spices.  After about one minute, when the spices are nice and toasted and fragrant, add the cooked meat of choice (or even lentils) and broth.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.  Leave the lid off to reduce the liquid.  Once the pan is nearly dry, add the apples and melt a whole stick of butter (yeah, baby!) in the pan. When the butter has melted, place the minced garlic in the pool and stir to coat the entire mixture.  Turn off the heat.  Salt the cut side of the squash, plate and fill with meat and vegetable mixture.
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  1. YUM! I'm always on the lookout for delicious GAPS friendly dishes that go beyond soups and stews, so thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to try it!

  2. We LOVE squash and this recipe looks divine!

  3. So funny. Squash is the only vegetable that my kids WILLINGLY eat and devour! I'll have to try this out but I am sure since it's not in the form of fries or bars, they will probably scoff at it ;)

  4. Hmmm...looks great, but your directions mention apples, but none are listed in the ingredients. I'd probably omit anyway, but can you help please? Thanks!

  5. It is there, raisins or apples, I used apples, but I think raisins would taste even better. They just makes it a little sweeter.

  6. This looks great! I'm going to try it tomorrow. It's great having new recipies!


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