Stuffed Acorn Squash Breakfast Bowls

When starting healing diets such as the GAPS or SCD diets, it is often to tempting simply replace processed grains and sugars with "legal"substitutions and eat in pretty much the same way as you did before. This is especially true for breakfast, where it might be difficult to let go of a typical American diet, which includes waking up to a myriad of processed and sweetened grains, sugars and cereals.

While replacing normal cereal with homemade, naturally sweetened granola is not a bad thing (we all do it.. I definitely love waking up to sweet treats like my blueberry muffins and pumpkin waffles once in a while. But the key here is every once in a while), we need to remember that truly healing the gut requires a focus on incorporating as many healing foods as possible. These include bone broth  and meat stock, gelatinous meats and connective tissues, organ meats, fermented vegetables, and cultured dairy. Eating too many nuts and fruits can deter healing and sometimes make stubborn health issues linger.

But I' not going to lie--it hasn't been easy trying to come up with lots of good, savory, healing breakfast foods. There are TONS of great egg dishes (I really could eat my spinach bake all day... every day..) but there are days when you just want something different, while still trying to help your body heal and rebuild.

This apple sausage stuffed acorn breakfast bowl does just that. Pork and beef have wonderful gut-sealing fats and don't need a lot of expensive spices to make tasty. And when paired with some sage, fried with some apples, and tossed with some toasted pecans, this sausage becomes a perfect stuffing for cooked acorn squash.

When buying squash in the fall, keep it in a cool, dry place, and it can last for months and months! So stock up lots, throw it in the slow cooker for a few hours, and pour in some wonderful homemade sausage for an easy, nourishing breakfast!

 

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Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Breakfast Bowl
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 5 minCook time: 15 minServings: 6

Ingredients:

3 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed and cooked (follow link for ideas on how to cook squash)
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
2 apples (fuji, granny smith, or other tart variety)
1/2 c toasted, chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Combine pork and beef together in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add spices and herbs and mix with your hands until just combined (try not to over mix it)
  3. Crumble sausage in a large skillet and cook through, about ten minutes.
  4. Peel, core, and chop the apple into bite-size pieces. Add it to the cooked sausage and cook another 5 minutes, until apple starts to soften and the sausage starts to brown.
  5. Remove from heat, add toasted pecans, and toss to combine.
  6. Serve in acorn squash halves!

 

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