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Cooking with Collin: Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon (+ Food Talk!)

187 Comments

So, as you can see from the title of this post, this is not going to be a post about printing a coupon, scoring an online bargain or snagging an in-store deal… but hey, it’s my site, right?! 🙂 I actually want to share what I cooked up for dinner tonight and discuss how I’ve been eating for the past month.

You see, back in North Carolina I was dealing with… well, the craziness of moving across the country and for months I didn’t seem to have the motivation to cook. I am going to be very honest and state that I relied way too heavily on frozen pizza and any other easy to prepare packaged item that I had a coupon for. Yes, we were not eating by any means very healthy. I know that, trust me!

Well, fast forward to now and I am so stinkin’ proud of myself! Since the move, I have gotten way more motivated to be in the kitchen cookin’ again. I’m even having fun doing it and getting the kiddos involved.

As I’ve stated in a previous post, I’ve started eating a primarily Paleo/Primal diet. Just google these terms and tons of info will come up online. Basically I have cut out all grains, sugar and dairy products (although, I am still using a little heavy cream for my coffee). I now eat tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, meat, chicken and fish.

I feel so good. My energy is up and to be quite honest, my issues with digestion and constipation have pretty much cleared up. Don’t you just love how I feel open enough to talk about practically anything?! 😉

…And eating this way has really motivated me in the kitchen. It’s fun coming up with creative ways to make Paleo friendly meals. I have tried so many new veggies and learned to prepare them in various ways.

So tonight, check out what I cooked with Butternut squash (one of my new favorite veggies)…

I am going to call this – Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon! Yum!

Ingredients:

1/2 of a large butternut squash, cubed
1 medium onion chopped
1 to 2 applies diced
2 large chicken breasts, cut into small chunks and pan-fried with coconut oil (and for a breakfast option, you could opt to throw in scrambled eggs instead of chicken)
coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer)
crumbled bacon that’s already been fried or baked (optional)
salt & Pepper

Set your oven to broil, then throw the cubed butternut squash on a cookie sheet. I added some coconut oil too. Let broil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to stir every couple of minutes. Take out when brown spots start to form.

While the squash is cooking,  heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Throw in the chopped onions and stir occasionally until they are softened and starting to brown a little.

Now throw all of the ingredients (butternut squash, diced apples, cooked chicken, and bacon) into the skillet with the onions. Then make sure to season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Enjoy! 😀


Also, if you are trying to kick the soda habit or drink less soda, then you should definitely try out this super simple, but yet so refreshing  beverage that only requires 3 ingredients…

Ingredients:
club soda or sparkling water
fresh lemons or limes
A few drops of liquid stevia

So refreshing and so much better for ya than soda!

If this is something that interests you all, I would love to start sharing Paleo/Primal friendly recipes on a more regular basis.

Join The Discussion

Comments 187

  1. Tania Davis

    Hi Colin. I also kicked the soda habit about 2 months ago using the same method you described. Now all I drink is water, green tea, and of course my morning cup of coffee. The club soda with lime — orange, lemon, or grapefruit and good too — and stevia is a great way to kick the habit :-). You might enjoy some of the recipes on my website @ http://www.connoisseur4thecure.com. Good luck with your diet!!

  2. Marnita Causby

    I would love to see more healthy cooking blog posts. We are trying to eat a more traditional foods diet. I love looking at my traditional foods blogs to get recipe ideas. I like to look at kitchenstewardship.com, thenourishinggourmet.com, and many many more.

  3. Katie Collard

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I am trying to eat this way as well. Would love to get more recipes and or websites to check out. One I found is called http://www.primal-palate.com
    Pretty cool stuff by a hubby and wife team! Such great energy since your blood sugar doesn’t drop! The way it SHOULD be! I also agree on the cream in coffee deal, just can’t skimp in that area! 🙂

  4. Laura Aguero

    Just finished making/eating your hash recipe- delicious!

  5. Mandy

    YES! Please share more recipes! I love that your “hash” recipe is quick, uncomplicated, and doesn’t call for a bunch of bizarre ingredients that I wouldn’t even know where to find. It’s what’s for dinner tomorrow night! 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    Yes I love the sharing of recipes we have been eating Paleo for a month now and love it. We took the 21 day paleo challenge and decided it was for us getting new ideas for recipes is always a plus.

  7. Aimee

    Thank you for posting a healthy recipe. We eat really healthy here at home, along with being dairy and gluten-free. Was wondering how couponers can manage to stay healthy and actually eat what they buy. Please continue posting healthy ideas and how to save $$$ on high-quality food. Thanks!

  8. Michelle Braun

    Would love to hear more about the recipes that you are using. My chiropractor is actually a wonderful nutritionist and has recommended this diet for me as well, however, run out of ideas for new things and fun options for my family. We still use minimal dairy (cream for coffee and cheese on taco meat) but definitely feel a avst difference in energy and digestion. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Dinahmite

    Healthy Recipes sounds good!
    I’ve been drinking a healthier pop called Zevia (I bought mine in Fruitful Yield or Wholefoods. check your grocery stores too). It’s made with Stevia. What I do is watch out for Wholefoods as they have them on sale, plus sometimes they have their own coupons in their booklets in the store too. Buy the soda by the case and get 10% off, plus use the Zevia coupon that’s on their Facebook page print (2) per FB acct. Enjoy!

    • Mae

      There is also a nice $3/1 coupon in the 1/29 SS insert — I am not sure if it is regional? If not it is possible one could email Zevia for it though. Yeah, this zippy bev has ginger in it too, which is great for digestion.

  10. Vironika Woll

    Do your kids gobble this up?? My daughter is soo picky-I never understood how parents had a hard time getting their kids to eat-and now I’M the one going through it 🙁 I am ALWAYS looking for foods she will eat that are HEALTHY! Hard to come by..
    Also, thanks, it looks delish-I will try it (even if my husband, my son and I are the only ones who’ll eat!) :-p

  11. Celeste E.

    I would love more recipes and suggestions like this. Just tried making the “soda” for the first time… Really refreshing and nice! Thank you so much!

  12. April Hudson

    Yes—more please! We’ve been primal for a few months & it’s been difficult at times! Any extra motivation I can get would be greatly appreciated! And ANY deals you find on grass-fed beef would be wonderful!

  13. Donna

    I’m going to try to convince the hubby to try this. it looks great. i need to lose weight and would love to try new and healthier foods. but, hubby is our shopper and cooker in the house so sometimes it’s hard to get him on board! i’ve also been quite intimidated by veggies in the past but would love to try new stuff!

  14. Emma

    Made this for dinner tonight…it was DELICIOUS!! Definitely going to be a regular recipe for me. I also shared it with a friend who is gluten & dairy intolerant…this recipe will be perfect for her. Thanks Colin!

  15. lynsharp

    yes, please. I can’t look at the microwave anymore!!!!

  16. Erin

    Yes please!! We’re currently working on getting our son on a casein and gluten free diet. We’re only I’m week two and week one was full of errors! The paleo diet recipes would be wonderful. Btw–we recently invested in a vitamix blender to help us along, and it’s FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it–you can make your own peanut butter and fruit sorbets among 1000 other things. Takes about 1 minute and cleans up in half that time. Just a thought for you if you don’t already have one!

  17. Kristine Bartholdson

    That Squash hash sounds really good i’m lookin’ forward to making it soon.. lots of good combinations of food sounds yummy.

  18. Gina

    i have made this 2x now- it is soooooooo good!!!! thanks for all these great new foods!

  19. heather nickel

    love it keep the receipts coming!

  20. eryn

    This looks delicious! We’ve recently gone Paleo, too, and we absolutely love it.

  21. Savannah Anderson

    Made it! SOOOOOO good. Adding to my recipes. BTW, I met you a few years ago in Portland Oregon at the sit down dinner (Rhinelander’s). I won the dinner thru your contest. Thank you again. It was wonderful to meet you and your sister. My girlfriend and I had an amazing time!

  22. Lori Rivera

    I loved your blog post on Paleo breakfasts! Would love to see more…please add me to an email list if you have one!

  23. Valerie

    Can hardly wait to try this recipe!

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