Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Butternut Squash Stuffed With Maple Ground Beef

 So I had this butternut squash that I had received in my box from the local CSA (Klesick Family Farms), just sitting forlornly in my pantry. Last year when I was pregnant I craved squash. I always roasted it with maple syrup and brown sugar almost the instant I walked in the door with it. This year though I have memories of eating too much squash last year...so I wanted to do something different with it. This recipe is what I came up with.

Serves 4.
 Prep and Cook Time is 1.5 hours.
2 Tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil (I bought mine through amazon.com)
1-2 large organic butternut squash (Klesick Family Farms)
1 pound of grass fed ground beef (Farmers Market for 3.99 per pound)
1 organic yellow onion, diced (Fred Meyers)
1 organic yellow bell pepper, diced (Klesick Family Farms)
3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup (Costco)
1 tsp of organic ginger, ground
2 tsp of Cinnamon 
3 organic tomatoes, diced (Klesick Family Farms)
1 Tablespoon of dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: First Occupy Children...this is baby's favorite new hang out.

I had a very large squash so I cut mine in fourths( I scooped out the other two halves after they were cooked and ground it up for baby food). If yours is smaller feel free to only cut it in half. 
Scoop seeds out and compost!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash in baking pan. Cook in oven for approx 40-50 minutes (until middle is soft when poked with a fork).

Meanwhile on your stove top melt the coconut oil on medium heat then place diced onion and ground beef in the pot. While you allow the meat to brown add in spices, and maple syrup. Cook until meat is well done.

When meat is well done turn heat from medium to low and add in the diced tomatoes and bell pepper. Cover and cook until pepper is soft.

Remove squash from oven. Fill holes where the seeds were with the maple ground beef mixture. Place squashes back in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Serve!


  1. A happy man and baby a happy life! Looks good Jessica, I am so proud of you. You are a good cook, fantastic mummy and terrific wife.

  2. Great recipe! Thank you! The whole family loved it! I scooped out the squash after it was cooked and mixed it with the meat then stuffed the squash. Delicious!! Thanks!

  3. I made this tonight - I found you by googling "butternut, ground beef". It was excellent! Both kids ate it up! I used the above comment and mixed the squash with the ground beef mixture. Husband asked me to make it again soon!



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