Before I get too far into this, I know there is going to be a debate as to whether or not quinoa is a Paleo food. Based on my research, which consists of reading articles and books from people like Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and The Hartwigs, there really is no clear cut answer.
Personally, I think it has a lot of grain like properties, so I try to not have it all that often, but I also haven’t banished it with foods like pasta.
Anyway, back to why you’re really here… the other day I picked up an acorn squash but had no idea what to do with it. Thankfully, my wife found a Stuff Acorn Squash recipe on Rachael Ray’s website, and we did a little substituting to make it a little more Paleo friendly:
- One acorn squash
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- A dash of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound of grass fed ground beef (not the lean kind)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, no sugar added
We followed the ingredients/instructions that are on Rachael Ray’s site with the exception of swapping out couscous for quinoa and olive oil for coconut oil.
This was definitely a great fall meal, and I would recommend it highly!
(If you’re looking to add a little kick to it, I would toss in some chopped jalapeno peppers or some cayenne pepper.)