Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

1½ pounds Brussels sprouts
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (or fat of your choice)
Sea salt and pepper
4 bacon slices, diced (nitrate free)
1 tsp Aged balsamic vinegar

Steam brussels spouts in water until jut softened. Drain and remove brussel spouts and sautee in frying pan with coconut oil, cooked bacon, balsamic and brussel spouts. Cook for a few minutes until browned. Remove and season with salt and pepper.


Apple Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

PREP TIME 5 mins COOK TIME 50 mins TOTAL TIME 55 mins

Serves: 2-4

INGREDIENTS

1 acorn squash, halved and seeds scooped out
1 apple peeled, cored and chopped (I use Cortland or McIntosh)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil, organic butter or Ghee
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place squash cut side down in a baking dish. Pour in enough boiling water to reach a ½-inch depth. Bake for 20 minutes. Discard water and flip squash over to be cut side up. Leave the oven on.
    2. While squash is baking, combine chopped apple in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, the lemon juice, zest, walnuts and brown sugar. In another small bowl, combine cinnamon, salt, honey, and nutmeg.
    3. Brush squash with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture to cover (you may not use it all). Fill the squash halves with the apple mixture and sprinkle with additional cinnamon mixture. Pour ½ cup water in the bottom of the baking dish (to prevent the juices that ooze out from burning and sticking).
    4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the apples are tender and everything is golden brown. Serve immediately, drizzled with any pan juices.

For the seeds:

Put on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with any of the following: sea salt, cayenne, Adobo seasoning, garlic powder. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min until crisp.