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Acorn Squash Shepherd’s Pie

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The coconut cream in this recipe is naturally thyroid-supportive and it also lends a delicious creaminess without the dairy!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Coconut is more than 90 percent of the fatty acids classified as saturated. Coconut oil resists turning rancid and but beware of the amount of coconut oil as too much can raise blood cholesterol levels. Coconuts are easy-to-digest fatty acids and a half cup of coconut meat has about 1 mg of iron and a fair amount of fiber.

By Denine Rogers

Acorn Squash Shepherd’s Pie

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:1 hour
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 acorn squash
¼ cup water
1 zucchini, diced
½ cup onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 lb ground grass-fed beef or bison
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp ground thyme
½ tsp ground sage
2 cups bone broth
2 cups spinach
¼ cup coconut cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half and place in baking dish, flesh side down. Add ¼ cup water to bottom of the pan to help steam squash as it cooks. Cook squash in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender and cooked through.
  2. Dice onion, garlic, and zucchini. Preheat large skillet on stovetop over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and onion and garlic. Allow to cook until tender and translucent. Add meat to pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. Cook meat until browned.
  3. Once meat has browned, add zucchini, spinach, and bone broth to pan and allow to simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are cooked through.
  4. Once squash is done cooking, remove from oven and allow to slightly cool. Turn off oven. Once squash is slightly cooled, scrape the squash out of the skin and place into medium bowl. Discard skin.
  5. Place cooked squash in medium bowl and mash with coconut cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place mashed squash on top of meat and vegetables in the skillet. Serve in the skillet and scoop out portions to put onto plates. Serve warm.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half and place in baking dish, flesh side down. Add ¼ cup water to bottom of the pan to help steam squash as it cooks. Cook squash in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender and cooked through. Dice onion, garlic, and zucchini. Preheat large skillet on stovetop over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and onion and garlic. Allow to cook until tender and translucent. Add meat to pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. Cook meat until browned. Once meat has browned, add zucchini, spinach, and bone broth to pan and allow to simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are cooked through. Once squash is done cooking, remove from oven and allow to slightly cool. Turn off oven. Once squash is slightly cooled, scrape the squash out of the skin and place into medium bowl. Discard skin. Place cooked squash in medium bowl and mash with coconut cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place mashed squash on top of meat and vegetables in the skillet. Serve in the skillet and scoop out portions to put onto plates. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 323; Total Fat: 18 g; Saturated Fat: 11 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 69 mg; Sodium: 326 mg; Potassium: 1190 mg; Carbohydrate: 17 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 28 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 39%;Vit A: 37%; Iron: 28%;Calcium: 7%;

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3 thoughts on “Acorn Squash Shepherd’s Pie

  1. JANIE LUNSTRUM

    HOW WAS THE TOP BROWNED. IN OVEN OR BROILER. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE POSTED A COMMENT. IT IS OBVIOUS THE DISH WAS BROWNED. THE RECIPE DOES NOT SAY HOW.

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