Maple Roasted Delicata Squash Boats Stuffed w/ Bacon + Kale
If you follow me on instagram (doooo it) you may have noticed I’ve been having just a wee bit of fun with those polls on my insta-story lately (okay, more like obsessed).
In my defense I love this option as it’s an easy way to connect with you and get feedback on what you find valuable and relevant. Because I definitely don’t write these posts for my own benefit — so I want to make sure you’re actually finding the content useful!
Which brings me to this next blog post topic — a recipe you voted on in the polls — Maple Roasted Delicata Squash Boats Stuffed with Bacon and Kale. Drool. Yes it’s as good as it sounds and it’s surprisingly easy too!
But the thing I love most about this recipe is it’s one of those dishes you can use to trick the “healthy food haters” into eating and still loving — AKA picky kids, husbands, dinner-guests, relatives and even yourself.
Perhaps it’s the addition of crispy, pastured bacon, or the buttery-sweet maple roasted delicata squash. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s “stuffed” or that it tastes like Thanksgiving. All I know is this is one of those crowd-pleasing recipes you use when you need to get the meat and potato folk to eat their veggies (without feeling punished).
It’s also insanely easy to make (no peeling and minimal chopping) so pin it when you need something to bring to a holiday gathering or when you’re short on time and in the mood for something good.
Oh and in case you were wondering how the heck bacon is healthy — here’s a few things to consider:
- The amount of bacon in this recipe is minimal, but it’s intense flavor helps to make this vegetable-focused dish delish. So if you’re eating a bit of (good quality) bacon in order to build a better relationship with antioxidant-rich veggies — that do SO much good for your bod — that’s a win in my book.
- Pretty much any food can be messed with in some way make it less optimal for your health. Think about it, even an apple can become toxic when sprayed with pesticides and harmful chemicals. This is why in today’s world it’s all about the QUALITY. Uncured, pastured bacon that is free of nitrates contains high amounts of good quality protein, fat (high in oleic acid, the stuff that makes olive oil so healthy) and vitamin D. One of my favorite brands is Wellshire Farms Dry-Rubbed Sugar-Free Bacon.
- Still not convinced? You can check out this informative post of more bacon-buying tips or simply replace the bacon with turkey bacon or sausage, quinoa, or more nuts for added protein fat. Don’t force yourself to eat it if you don’t like it — you gotta do what feels best for you!
Happy Healthy Holidays my love!
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