Happy Wednesday: one week and one day left til Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to eat food. Everyone is already flipping out about Christmas and I’m not against that or anything, I just feel bad for Thanksgiving. I think “the holidays” just get wrapped up into one “event” and Thanksgiving just gets lost…..but I think it’s awesome. Because you get to cook and eat food and be with family without spending ALL the money and worrying if someone is going to like your gift.
This week for What I ate Wednesday, I have a recipe that would make a GREAT Thanksgiving side dish…or any fall dinner side dish. I love all kinds of squash and while butternut it up at the top of my favorites, acorn squash is up there too.
I have been sticking with the The 21-Day Sugar Detox for the last couple of weeks and it feels great! I can’t believe how much it drastically reduces my will to snack and eat all day. It’s crazy. Yes it’s hard abstaining from sweet and sugary things but it makes SUCH a difference. I should probably eat like this all the time…..it’s like one sweet thing and I fall down the rabbit hole. There’s not a lot of “moderation” when it comes to sugar because it makes you crave more! It’s also hard giving up plantains. SunButter and coconut butter
are essential tools to get through a sugar detox! I make my own to make it cheaper. BUT one more week! Here’s some meals:
Burger Night! Finally picked up some beef from our farmer and I made Nom Nom Paleo’s bacon burgers with homemade relish and spicy carrot fries. And yes that is sun butter to go with my carrot fries. Because, why not?
I made a pork shoulder in the pressure cooker the other night and created this dry rub for it. I forgot to take a picture when it was on my plate but this was a thing of beauty. The pressure cooker is magic. A 6 lb pork shoulder done and falling apart in 1 hour.
And of course these:
You can basically add bacon to almost everything, I’m discovering. Especially squash. I made these for a quick lunch the other day but I think they’d make a great Thanksgiving side dish. You could easily add maple syrup if you’re not on the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I didn’t add syrup and they were just as delicious! Enjoy!
- 1 acorn squash, split and seeded*
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 strips of bacon
- 1/4 cup of pecans
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (**if not on 21 DSD**)
- Pre-heat oven to 400.
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave. Spread the oil on the inside of the acorn squash.
- Place acorn squash face down on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 min or until you can press your finger into the back of the squash (be careful not to burn yourself, as I regularly do)
- While squash is baking, fry the bacon in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet until crispy and brown.
- Set the bacon aside, leaving the grease in the pan.
- Place pecans in the bacon grease and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside with bacon.
- Give the bacon and pecans a rough chop. **If using maple syrup, add the bacon and pecans to a bowl with the syrup and mix.
- When the squash is done, let it cool, then flip over and divide the bacon and pecan mixture into the "bowls".
- Mix to eat!
- *You could easily double (or triple!) this recipe to feed more people!
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What are you favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?
Have you ever tried the 21DSD?