Friday, January 17, 2014

Clean Eating Day 16 -- Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Good news, everyone! (Futurama, RIP) I am employed! Part time, hopefully to turn into full time in the near future. Money will still be tight, but at least money will be coming in again, instead of just being sucked from my savings. Plus, I am doing a bit of freelance work to help make ends meet. It's a big relief, and the company seems like it's going to be a really fun place to work for!

Now once we're moved into our apartment, I can FINALLY relax! That's an exciting thought. Though I've been home alone all day job hunting for the past three months, I still feel like I haven't had a moment to think since moving here. Maybe because I've been in a constant state of stress that I wouldn't find a job. Hopefully life will start slowing down and taking form and we can start really enjoying this awesome new city we're in.

Whole 30/Clean Eating is going just okay. I am definitely feeling better, less tired, more energy. I know I should be using that energy to EXERCISE but that's a whole other beast I have to battle in my quest to get healthy AND lose 10 lbs. I've had a couple "fall off the wagon" moments, which I attribute to a stressful month of job-hunting and preparing to move into our new apartment, but those moments reminded me why I'm doing this: after eating that ice cream cookie sundae, I immediately felt like vomiting, and was sick the following day. Just a reminder that dairy and gluten are my upset-stomach-triggers, and that I really need to make them into "sometimes foods" if I can't bring myself to totally eliminate them.

Back on the Whole 30 Wagon of sorts, this has been my favorite thing I've cooked so far. It's healthy, full of flavor, and very fulfilling. I even got the fiancé to eat it, despite suspect green things in the mix--however, I had to make his portion out of the squash (a sort of mini-meatloaf) because he still refuses to eat THAT veggie. Baby steps.

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • 2 Acorn squash
  • 1 lb mild sausage, ground (or just dissect some that come in the casing)
  • 1 small apple, cubed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sage (fresh is best)
  • 1 handful of kale, stalks removed and pulled into tiny bits
  • 1/4 cup craisins/dried cranberries (no sugar kind)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Topping (optional)
3 tbs ghee
1 tsp truffle oil (optional)

-Cut, core, and roast acorn squash (lightly brushing with olive oil and adding a pinch of salt, pepper, and ground sage) at 400 degrees for 20 mins.

-Meanwhile, brown sausage. Set aside, reserve drippings. Heat drippings (plus a bit of olive oil or coconut oil if there's not enough) and add garlic and onions. Cook until onions are transluscent.

-Add apple, mushrooms, kale, and craisins. Cook until kale is soft, then add to sausage. Let cool to room temp.

-Add egg and almond meal, mix well. You may need a bit more or less--you want to be able to shape it into a ball.

-Stuff cavity of acorn squash with balled meat (hehe) and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, until meat is firm (TEE-HEHE).

-In a small pot, heat ghee and truffle oil. Drizzle on top of stuffed squash.

Note: To make mini meatloaves, simply ball meat and cook on a greased cookie sheet for the same amount of time.

*Can be any squash you like! Zucchini might work well, or butternut


  1. This looks so amazing! My boyfriend won't eat squash either, but LOVES meatloaf. I can't wait to make this! Congrats on the job!! :)

  2. Congratulations on the new job Ashley! That's awesome!! Looking forward to something fun and exciting really helps to go through some tough time and glad you're doing it already. :) Love sausages and acorn squash but both together? I haven't tried it before. Looks so delicious too!

  3. Congrats on the new job - best of luck! I love stuffed squashes of all kinds and these look great!

  4. This looks like a wonderful meal to celebrate the new job! Congratulations! And don't get discouraged about the diet. No one is perfect, and you've had so much going on lately. You're doing great!

  5. Looks delicious.

    And congrats on the PT job! And good luck :)

  6. Congratulations on finding a new job! Well, I just happened to stumble over to your blog and I really liked it.I love sausages, so this recipe is drawing me to the kitchen to try it ASAP!

  7. Well done and congratulations! You make diet food look really yummy :)