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Stuffing Stuffed Pumpkin

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving?? Who’s excited? Who’s dreading it? Who can’t wait until the holiday season is over??

As festive and fun this time of the year can be, it can be quite stressful for many of us. Well, I’m actually quite stoked for Thanksgiving this year, because we are celebrating it in Hawaii with my parents! If you didn’t know, they both live in Korea now, so it’s always a good time for me when I’m able to see them once or twice a year. I’m not sure if I’ll be cooking or going out to eat, or what we’ll be even doing, but I’m excited to be somewhere warm and sunny!

Anyway, just because I may or may not be cooking this Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the staple dishes earlier so I can share it with you folks! So here’s a delicious and beautiful stuffed pumpkin recipe that’ll wow your guests when they see it on dinner table. What’s it stuffed with, you ask? Stuffing! Hence the name: Stuffing Stuffed Pumpkin. Say that 5 times fast. 

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

I found these mini pumpkins at the farmers market, and they weren’t labeled. After doing some internet search, I believe these are golden nugget pumpkins. If you believe that they are another variety, then let me know below! They are definitely not sweet enough to be sugar pumpkins even though they do look a bit like them.

If you can’t find these types of pumpkins, you can use other kinds. You can even stuff the stuffing in one large pumpkin, but you would have to increase the cooking time. The world is your oyster. I love how festive and delicious this dish came out, and it’s such a fun way to serve stuffing on Thanksgiving. If you are starting your menu planning, make sure to include this one because everyone will love it!

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed PumpkinPaleo Gluten Free Whole30 Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 small pumpkins, or 1 large pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 lb Italian pork or chicken sausage, casing removed
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut out a circle on top of the pumpkin(s) making a lid as you would to carve a Jack O' Lantern. Remove the seeds and any loose strings, then generously sprinkle salt and pepper inside the pumpkins. Place the pumpkins on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add diced onions to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté until soft and translucent.
  5. Add the sausage and brown, stirring occasionally and breaking it into crumbles with a wooden spoon, about 8 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cooked onions and sausage into a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add carrots, celery, cranberries, garlic, chicken broth, and balsamic vinegar to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and simmer until the liquid is evaporate, about 8 minutes.
  8. Transfer the vegetables in the bowl with onions and sausage. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes, then add chopped walnuts.
  9. Whisk together eggs, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper, then pour over the stuffing mixture. Stir well.
  10. Transfer the stuffing into the pumpkin(s), filling up to the top.**
  11. Place the lid on top of the pumpkin(s), and transfer to the oven.
  12. Bake until the pumpkin skin is soft, about 45 minutes - 2 hours depending on the size of your pumpkin.
Notes
**If there is leftover stuffing, bake in a small dish with the pumpkins covered with aluminum foil.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Stuffed Pumpkin - Paleo Gluten Free Whole30

 

Jack O’Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween already! Are you all ready with your costumes and treats? I’m definitely not. I used to get excited about Halloween when I lived in New York City because it was such a huge deal there and I would always be invited to parties with my friends. Now that I’m living in suburbia, it’s much more toned down and most of the events are catered for little ones. I doubt I’ll dress up at all this year. Gosh, I’m so lame and boring.

However, I did make these cute (and maybe a little creepy?) Halloween deviled eggs that both kids AND adults will love. You know you’ll get plenty of sweet, processed treats everywhere you go, so why not sneak in this fun little snack at your party that’s full of healthy, delicious fats? 

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

These Jack O’Lantern Halloween deviled eggs are great if you are doing a RESTART sugar detox program, Whole30, or if you are just looking for a healthier, sugar-free option. What I love most about deviled eggs is that not only are they tasty, they are filling and makes for a perfect snack. Instead of reaching for the processed candy, the healthy fat these Halloween deviled eggs contains can really help kill your sweets cravings.

And even if you aren’t a fan of deviled eggs, these are just so fun to make even with your kids, and people will love them at parties. You can be as creative as you want with the faces, and they don’t have to be perfect! I included some not-so-perfect ones in these photos to show that as long as they look like faces, it really doesn’t matter.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled EggsJack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pitted black olives, for decoration
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water so they don't break, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes.
  3. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath.
  4. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  6. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise.
  7. Take out the yolks and place in a bowl.
  8. Add mayo, tomato paste, marinara sauce, dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and mash with a fork until fully combined and creamy.
  9. Fill the egg whites with the mixture evenly.
  10. Cut pitted olives into small triangles for the eyes, and wider triangles for the mouth, making teeth marks if you want more details. Use kitchen shears for better precision. Be creative, and it doesn't have to be perfect! Place on top of the filling to make faces.
  11. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Notes
There are many ways to cook hard-boiled eggs, but I found that this method makes the best, easy-to-peel eggs. You can boil it any way you like that works best for you!

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Deviled Eggs

The Paleo Kids Cookbook Giveaway + Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

It’s time for another giveaway (and a delicious recipe)! Jennifer Robbins of Predominantly Paleo has come out with another amazing cookbook, and this time it’s to get kids into the kitchen! I don’t have kids myself, but I AM passionate about getting them involved with cooking at an early age so they can learn the importance of healthy, home-cooked meals.

The Paleo Kids Cookbook is filled with nutritious, allergen-free recipes without grain, gluten, dairy, or refined sugar, and majority are also nut- and egg- free. It’s perfect for parents who are transitioning their kids to the paleo diet without having them feel deprived or left out because they can’t eat certain foods that their friends can. Food allergies in children are becoming more and more common these days, and this book has 100 recipes that are kid-friendly, seriously delicious, and so much fun! I’m always a kid at heart so yes, I’ll be trying out all the recipes that take me back to my childhood like Gummy Worms, Graham Crackers, Grain-Free Corn Dog Dippers, and Strawberry Shortcake Bites!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

The thing I love most about this cookbook is that for every recipe, there’s a “For Little Hands” section that gives suggestions on how your child can help with the preparing and cooking, and what they’ll need supervision on. Even if you aren’t Paleo, it’s a must-have cookbook for your family if you need help getting them to eat healthier but aren’t sure where to start. All the recipes are easy to follow and made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. And I’m so excited to give away a copy to one of my readers! If you want to get your hands on a free copy, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until September 21st at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email.

As a sneak peek, I’m also excited to share one of the recipes from the cookbook with you today! I had to try this Sweet Potato Bacon Tots recipe when I saw it because I used to love tater tots as a kid, and I just couldn’t get past it when I saw the addition of bacon. And you honestly can’t go wrong with the combination of sweet potatoes and bacon.

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

By the way, that dipping sauce you see? It’s called Awesome Sauce, and it truly does live up to its name and I wanted to dip EVERYTHING in it. I can’t share the recipe, but you can grab it in the cookbook!

As for these tots, they were ridiculous (in SUCH a good way). Crispy on the outside, warm and soft in the inside, and the bacon just elevated it to a whole new level. I can honestly say that they were better than the ones I used to eat at as a child. I will mostly definitely make these the next time I want to cook up something fast and tasty for brunch.

Sweet Potato Bacon TotsWant more tasty and healthy kid-friendly recipes like this one? Enter the giveaway above or purchase The Paleo Kids Cookbook on Amazon!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 5 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
  • Up to 1 tsp garlic sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup (80 g) potato starch or cassava flour
  • Avocado oil or light olive oil for frying
  • Awesome Sauce (optional - recipe in the book!)
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potato submerged in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the sweet potato from the boiling water and once cool enough to handle, peel or slice the skin off. Grate the sweet potato, using a hand grater, mandolin, or food processor.
  2. Once the sweet potato is grated, use a hand towel or a few paper towels to squeeze out the excess water from the potato. This step is important, as you do not want to have soggy tots!
  3. Add the other ingredients (minus the oil and sauce) to the grated sweet potato in a mixing bowl and combine by hand. Preheat the oil for frying in a large skillet over medium/high heat; it does not need to be enough oil for deep frying, but it should be enough to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. While the cooking oil heats, begin shaping your tots. Roll about a tablespoon (15 g) of the dough into a ball, and then elongate it and flatten the ends to give it that distinctive tot shape.
  5. Fry the tots, rolling them around on all sides to make sure they crisp up. Once all sides are cooked, around 5 minutes or more, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove the tots and transfer them to a towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Serve along or with Awesome Sauce.
Notes
FOR LITTLE HANDS: Allow your child to help shape the tots. It's okay if they are not shaped perfectly as they will fry deliciously regardless. Older kids can help fry the tots while supervised.

 
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Kid-friendly Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Tots - Gluten Free