Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paleo Sloppy Joes in Roasted Acorn Squash

I love roasted acorn squash. We usually just roast it with a touch of ghee and a drizzle of maple syrup. For this dish I skipped the maple and filled it with a delicious meat mixture. This sloppy joe recipe reminds me of my childhood. It's definitely paleo comfort food. You may notice that the base of the sauce is my ketchup recipe, so if you have some premise you can use that. This is a large portion meal. You can always freeze the meat mixture and save it for an "I don't want to cook" kind of day.  Be sure to plan ahead and use a very large pan, I use my cuisinart electric skillet, or you can always make a smaller portion.   I'd recommend 1/2-1 acorn squash per person.

Paleo Sloppy Joe in Roasted Acorn Squash

2-4 acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
3 lbs ground meat (bison, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, ect)
Ghee, coconut oil, or olive oil
1/2 bag of baby carrots, coarsely chopped (or minced for picky eaters)
2 large onions, minced
15 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
4 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
Pinch of cloves
1/4 tsp all spice
2 tbsp honey (optional)
3 tsp sea salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4-1 tsp chili powder (depending on personal tastes)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp coconut aminos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash on roasting pan. Lightly coat flesh of squash with ghee or oil of choice. Place squash in oven and roast for 45-60 minutes. In large skillet over medium heat, heat ghee or oil. Add ground meat, after about halfway browned add onions and carrots. Sauté until brown, breaking up meat clumps as you stir. Add tomato sauce and paste. Stir to combine. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Allow to simmer over low heat for 10-20 minutes, or until squash is ready. Scoop hearty portions of meat mixture into squash. Serve and enjoy!!

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  1. so I totally thought of you this morning.
    I started doing CF recently (after talking about it for HOW long??) and today's workout was Filthy Fifty. Do you remember when you posted that on CM a long time ago?? Well, I remember thinking SOMEDAY>
    Hope you are well and congrats with baby :)

  2. Ahh! Jen! I'd been wondering where you had disappeared to. Glad you are getting a chance to do some Crossfit. I'm hoping to get my post partum all clear tomorrow. Hope all is well with you!!

  3. I just whipped this up for dinner tonight, and it is currently simmering. All I can say is, WOW! I was a little skeptical of the ingredients, namely the vinegar, but it tastes delicious and the flavors haven't even had time to meld, yet! Thank you, thank you, thank you, because my son LOVES sloppy joes and is a very reluctant Paleo eater. :) The only thing I did different was roast the carrots and puree them in with the tomato sauce. Like I said, he is reluctant and if he saw a carrot in there, it would be a no go before he even sat down. Just delicious! I will be serving it over steamed cauliflower for the hubs and I! Thanks!

  4. What size (weight) bag of baby carrots are you using 1/2 of?

  5. One pound bag, sorry for the confusion. Oh and I have made this recipe without the honey...its delicious without as well!

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