Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash

Right now I’m sitting in Richmond, Virginia for a wedding weekend. The weather man predicted a mix of rain and clouds, but it is gorgeous and sunny here! Everything is green and spring is in the air. It’s the perfect kind of weather to enjoy a day in the park soaking in the sun followed by this beet, dandelion and grass fed beef stuffed acorn squash recipe, before closing out the night, wrapped in a sweater,  gazing at the night sky.

A healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greensA healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greensA healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greens

A healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greens

Those kinds of days feed the soul and make life worth living. But they feel better if your loose ends are neatly tied from the week beforehand. Mine are not. I have recipes I want to share, work issues I want to wrap up, overdue tax information to gather, and some things to do for our rental. Considering this airport bar has no outlet and my computer is dead… I’m thinking those things will have to wait until Monday. đŸ™‚

A healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greensA healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greens

I will leave you with this awesome recipe, perhaps for days when you have a lot of to-dos, but choose to enjoy the day and be present in the moment, enjoying the important things.

I made these a few weekends ago in our mountain house. J had a bachelor party and I was spending the entire weekend cooking and taking photos, relaxing and taking in the scenery. It was beautiful and peaceful and I wish you the same type of weekend on this beautiful spring day!

A healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greensA healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greens

If you are looking for  their recipes for the Beets and Dandelions, try this amazing Paleo Beet and Dandelion Flatbread.

— Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe —

Ingredients: 

  • beet, with attached greens, 1
  • dandelion greens, 2 handfuls
  • shallot, 1 clove
  • grass fed ground beef, 1/2 lb (also good with portabellos for a vegan version- if using portabellos, use a drizzle of oil in the pan when browning)
  • celery, 2 stalks
  • acorn squash, 1
  • olive oil, drizzle
  • pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp

Tools: 

  • stove
  • oven

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 375
  • halve and seed acorn squash
  • drizzle exposed squash with olive oil and a pinch of salt
  • roast squash for 45 minutes or until soft
  • cut beets from greens, reserving greens. Boil beets for 30 minutes until tender.
  • run under cold water to rub off outer peel.
  • brown beef in pan over medium heat on stove- about 5-7 minutes. Put beef in bowl and set aside
  • dice shallot
  • using pan used to brown beef, saute shallots on medium low for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned and translucent
  • slice celery and add to shallots. Add a dash of water- about 1 tbsp worth. Stir and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  • meanwhile, coarsely chop beet greens and dandelions and add to mix. Chop cooled beets into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch cubes
  • add beets and mixed greens along with another splash of water to pan.
  • add salt and Stir until greens are wilted, about 3 minutes
  • stir in beef until evenly combine and remove from heat.
  • stuff squash with beet mixture
  • can prepare ahead of time up until this point
  • roast stuffed squash for 20 minutes
  • serve and enjoy!
A healthy paleo and whole 30 friendly dinner idea: Beet, Dandelion and Grass-Fed Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe full of protein,vegetables and greens

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    I’ve never tried dandelion greens, but this looks perfect for spring! I’ll have to give it a go!

    1. Alicia says:

      They are so good for you! They have a slightly bitter flavor so they are really great paired with sweeter things, like beets.

  2. I love that you used the beet greens and stems in this dish! I hate when I see people throw them away, they’re so delicious! Since I’m vegan, I would cut the meat and double the veggies, I bet it would be so delicious!

    1. Alicia says:

      I agree! I’m all about using the whole veg. We have enough food waste as it is… and the greens have so many nutrients. I also recommend this with portabellos instead of the ground beef for a vegan option. đŸ™‚

  3. This is an awesome way to use the flowers! I have a ton of them in our yard!!

    1. Alicia says:

      That’s great!! Nothing better than harvesting your food from your own yard đŸ™‚

  4. Emily Lauren says:

    This looks so yummy! I love how springy this looks, and so colorful!

    1. Alicia says:

      THanks Emily!! I love the colors too! red, green, yellow – bring on spring!

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