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Paleo Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole

*Here’s an oldie, but goodie to try for as an Easter side dish!  This was a huge hit in my home and I know it will be in yours too!  

 

After a much needed vacation with some very amazing people, I’m back, rejuvenated and STUFFED.  It was nice to be able to tune out a bit mentally, but being creative is truly my passion.  Discovering new things in the way of recipes, workouts and all things fitness and health is where I’m most happy.  I’ve learned some new things about myself recently, and like all other journey’s life takes us on, its all a part of our self-growth process.

This year we spent Thanksgiving at my SIL’s home.  We traditionally host, but traveling up until the holiday would’ve made it difficult so we swapped for Christmas which I’m very excited about.  Here’s a dish I brought for Thanksgiving dinner, but its great for any occasion.  I found this recipe on PaleoOMG and made some minor adjustments, namely because I was feeling lazy.  It was great and I would definitely repeat it again.  Had a sweet and savory component which I loved and it seemed to be a hit with everyone.

Ingredients:

  • 2 butternut squash, skin and seeds removed and diced
  • 2 apples diced  (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1lb sausage ground or diced (I put link in food processor to crumble)
  • 6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook your bacon.  Add to a separate plate once good and crispy and let cool
  • With bacon fat still in pan, add your diced onion and garlic
  • While your onions are cooked down, add your sausage
  • Once sausage is browned up about half way, add your diced apples and butternut squash into the mix
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and add your chopped basil
  • Cover and cook the squash and apples down for about 6-8 minutes and stir occasionally
  • Once all is cooked down, add your crispy bacon crumbles on top and serve

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Delicious but it didn’t cook in the pan in 6-8 minutes. So I put it in the microwave for 6 minutes, and left it covered for a few more and it was perfect.

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