Hi Love!

This butternut squash casserole with streusel is divine. My children can’t stop eating it and, well, I have to admit, neither can I! The smooth and luxurious squash with the sweet, crispy streusel is absolutely the perfect combination and a must have casserole on your Thanksgiving table. When I started eating paleo, truly sweet potatoes were one of the foods I didn’t know if I could do without and now I don’t have to! Thank you butternut!

What are some of your favorite dishes for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Beautiful Butternuts,

Sharla xo

BUTTERNUT SQUASH CASSEROLE with PECAN STRUESEL
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Ingredients
BASE
  • 2 butternut squash
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • ¼ cup (1/2 a stick) melted pastured butter or ghee
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon liquid stevia
PECAN STRUESEL
  • 1½ cups pecans, walnuts or both
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted pastured butter or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon liquid stevia
  • dash of celtic sea salt
Instructions
BASE
  1. Turn oven on 400°
  2. Cut the squash in half long ways, place enough water to cover the bottom of a cookie sheet and put the seed side down on the cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for around an hour or until the top of the squash is soft to touch.
  4. When done, let cool a little
  5. Scoop squash out of the peeling and put into a bowl
  6. Add all ingredients and mix well with a mixer.
  7. Pour into baking dish
PECAN STREUSEL
  1. Chop pecans, walnuts or both
  2. Add cinnamon, stevia and salt
  3. Melt butter or ghee and pour over dry ingredients
  4. Mix well
  5. Pour over squash mixture
  6. Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
Notes
You can also substitute ¼ cup honey in the base and 2 tablespoons honey in the struesel instead of the stevia if you're so inclined to do so.

 

SOME HELPFUL FOOD FACTS ABOUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH

According to traditional Chinese medicine, candidiasis may be attributed to a weakened spleen. The yellow-colored foods such as this beautiful butternut squash contain the right nutrients to help give your spleen the support it needs.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Wei Liu, TCMD, MPH, LAC and Changzhen Gong PHD, MS from the American Acadamy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Read more here.

“The Spleen is responsible for taking the food and fluids that we ingest and processing them into the Chi and Blood that are the true “fuel” of our bodies. When the Spleen is functioning well, Chi and Blood are in balance, intestinal flora are in balance, there is no excess fluid or phlegm in our system, food is properly digested and distributed, and the immune system is being nourished by Chi and Blood. In most cases of candidiasis, the problem starts with a Spleen imbalance, which may then progress to digestive disorders, irregular bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, and/or fatigue.”

Sharla Ember

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