Spring Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Well, when you are reading this, I will literally be yelling “surprise!”

Yep! My mom and I are throwing my sister-in-law a surprise birthday party tonight, and 7:00 is when it all goes down 🙂

I’m in Ohio. I flew in in a SNOW STORM – literally. In mid-April. And this afternoon, I was outside in a tank top by the pool, soaking up the sun. Go figure.

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Go home, Mother Nature — you’re drunk.

Well, this meal is a little bit like the weather: a little bit of winter and a little bit of spring come together in this show stopping meal.

Truly, this meal is in my Top 3 dishes I make. Which is quite a statement, I know. But it is 100% accurate.

What is it?

A Harvest Stuffed Butternut Squash!

A roasted butternut squash (Winter), filled with a bountiful stuffing of bright, colorful flavors (Spring): Pears, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, and pistachios. And all of it smothered in a peanut butter drizzle.

Drooling yet? haha

And the best part is that it’s Vegan, Grain and Gluten Free, Specific Carb Diet friendly,  and Paleo!

But don’t let that scare you – it’s slap-yo-mama good!

Here’s what you need: (Serves 2)

1 butternut squash, halved lengthwise

Stuffing:
1 beet, small dice
1 carrot, small dice
1 pear, small dice
The leaves of 4 brussels sprouts
1/2 red onion, minced
handful of spinach
2 dozen pistachios

Drizzle:
1-2 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
3 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp honey (or a few drops of stevia)

Tools:
Good chef’s knife (this is the one I use and love)
2 baking sheets
large nonstick frying pan
Tinfoil (I use nonstick tinfoil, and it is a game changer)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Cut the top and tail off the butternut squash. Then stand it up on the flat bottom, and carefully, cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and either discard, or roast for a yummy snack! Brush with olive oil, and place cut-side-down on a tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until tender.

On a separate tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet, spread out the beets and carrots in an even layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, until tender and beginning to caramelize.

Meanwhile, prep your brussels sprouts by tearing off the leaves. You will be sautéing them.

In a large frying pan, sautè the onions in 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper over medium-high heat. Let them cook for about 3 minutes, until soft. Then add the brussels sprout leaves and spinach. Stir them around for 1-2 minutes, until the brussels sprouts leaves have become bright green. Immediately remove the contents of the pan from the heat and set aside. (You just flash-sautèed the leaves 🙂 )

Chop the pear and make the dressing by combining the dressing ingredients. Add enough water until it becomes “drizzly.” Add honey to taste. I added a few drops of stevia.

When the beets and carrots come out of the oven, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and toss with the pears, brussels sprouts leaves mixture, and pistachios.

To assemble, scoop a generous portion of the stuffing into the butternut squash cavity and drizzle liberally with the peanut butter sauce. Garnish with more pistachios.

I always bring this with me to dinner parties. Because the Specific Carb Diet is so intense, I never ask the host to accommodate my needs, I always just volunteer to bring my own meal. And this meal travels exceptionally well. I just bring the stuffing and squash in separate tupperwares, the drizzle in a little condiment container, and it comes together in about 2 minutes, and can be eaten at room temperature.

Friends, beware: if you bring this to a dinner party, you will be the source of food envy from your meat and gluten-gobbling companions. Be prepared to give half of it away, because EVERYONEwill want to try it! 🙂

Why? BECAUSE IT’S FREAKING AWESOME!! Not only is it visually stunning with the purples and oranges and different hues of green, but it taste SO. GOOD.

There is this subtle sweetness from the beets and the carrots and the butternut squash, which is complimented perfectly by the nutty and rich sauce. The brussels sprouts provide a wonderfully savory note, while the pistachios give this pop of salty nuttiness. And the pears. OH, THE PEARS! Chiming in with this intensely sweet note that takes this ditto the next level.

And the textures! Oh my, oh my. The squash is creamy and soft, while the roasted veggies are chewy and beautifully caramelized. The pears provide an amazing juiciness, and the pistachios give this amazing crunch! Very satisfying. 🙂

Alright, I could go on and on, but I think I’ll just let you experience it for yourself.

What do you do when you throw a dinner party? Do you try to meet all the food allergy needs? Do you make a special dish? Or ask them to bring their own?

Alright, well I hope you all have a fantastic and joyful evening!

Happy cooking! And may the odds be ever in your favor! 🙂

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83 thoughts on “Spring Stuffed Butternut Squash

    1. Thanks so much! Haha it’s a little different but definitely just as easy! Hugs and love xox

  1. Hmm. I already have the squash, & most of the ingredients -except the pears. Carb -friendly? I’m game. Menu tomorrow evening. Only thing I balk at are the brussel sprouts (bad karma from a couple years ago) but my spouse will love that part.

    1. Awesome!! Thanks so much. I hope you give hem a go! They get a bad wrap a lot of times but they are seriously so freaking delicious! Hugs and love xox

  2. “Go home, Mother Nature — you’re drunk.” The pure dismissiveness of this line just cracks me up. I can just see you saying it with a bored hand wave. 😆 Yes. Strange things amuse me. True fact.

  3. Mmm, this one looks good! I think I’ll have to try it – maybe adding chunks of goat cheese to up the protein a bit (though that would ruin the vegan-ness!)…

  4. Ohhhh so much YUM!!!! This is SOOO up my alley. I spied those pistachios right away. All the heart eyes!! Girl, I usually never drop links because I consider it rude, BUT I think you would love this recipe.. it’s really similar to this and I think it’s gluten free friendly?! https://mackmarie.com/2016/11/21/the-perfect-vegan-holiday-squash-cranberries-pistachios-quinoa/ . Obviously you have pah-lenty of yummy recipes already, but just couldn’t resist considering how similar these are! <3

    1. Thank you so much Mackenzie! I hope you trie it! Awesome can’t wait to check it out! Hugs and love xox

  5. “Go home, Mother Nature — you’re drunk.” HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    I guarantee that worthy sound bite is now going to be echoed all over up here in Michigan, The Great White North! Thank you so much Carolyn. Blessings!

    1. Hahahah thank you so much!! I appreciate that 🙂 yep, I’ve got a happy tummy after this one 🙂 hehe Hugs and love xox

  6. It is always good to have an option for WHAT to cook/eat. People today seem so ready to tell the overweight people what NOT to eat and leave them to search for what is not on the list.

  7. Thank you, BBB, for the likes you have given my blog posts. I am new to blogging and that means likes are cause for celebration.
    Have a great day!

    Mike Drooger
    Edgerton, Minnesota

    1. Yes! Berries would work. I think I could actually suggest Apple! Or perhaps even slices of figs or even raisins. 🙂 hope that helps! Hugs and love xox

  8. I made your spring stuffed squash for dinner tonight and it was out of this world yummy! I can hardly wait to eat the other half tomorrow. I had to make a couple small adjustments with what I had available. I used canned cut up beets (diced and added to the roasting carrots for the last 10 minutes), had frozen baby brussel sprouts which I thawed and cut the bottoms off of, used a handful of chopped frozen kale instead of the spinach, had a nut mix that included pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts and pine nuts. I didn’t sweeten the peanut butter because it seemed sweet enough already, and used Visalia onion instead of the red. The result was probably not quite as pretty as your picture (although it did look appetizing). I agree the pear in the mix was fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. Oh my gosh YAY!!!!! This makes me so happy!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Those sound like awesome substitution! You can never go wrong with peanut butter in my book! Thanks for sharing your success in the kitchen, it literally made my night:) Haha Hugs and love xox

  9. Looks soooo yummy! I just bought a butternut squash and was trying to figure out what to do with it – now I know! Thanks! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you love it! Let me know if you end up trying it! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thank you so much Jim! It really was quite fantastic. hope you try it!! Hugs and love xox

  10. Sounds too good to pass up; I’ll be bookmarking this recipe for the near future.

    1. Oh that’s so awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! Hugs and love xox

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