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Tuna Butternut Squash Casserole (Whole30, Paleo)

Growing up I loved tuna, my dad hated the smell, so at home I could only eat it when he was out of town. That did happen to be a lot. Back in elementary school I also packed it in my lunch and had to ask the principal to open my can. Pouches didn’t exist yet, and the pull tab cans were hard for a 5th grader; I did feel bad when he spilled it on himself a couple of times.

At home I often paired tuna with the famous Kraft Mac and Cheese, so this recipe is inspired by that creamy comfort food taste except this one has no grains, no dairy, and is loaded with healthy fats and veggies. The possibilities are endless with this dish, it could easily be made with shredded chicken too. I’ve also made it before with cheese, so if dairy is ok for you go for it! If you do add a creamy cheese, you can probably decrease the mayo to 1/2 cup. The healthy mayo used in this recipe is from Thrive Market and is the Primal Kitchen brand which is Whole 30 approved. I also got the Plantain Chips and Safe Catch tuna there. Use one of the links above and get 20% off your first 3 orders. You also get a free 30 day trial.

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Enjoy this recipe, stay well and warm this winter.

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Tuna Butternut Squash Casserole (Whole30, Paleo)
If you are longing for a tuna noodle casserole but have given up grains or dairy, or you just want to make a healthier choice, this is the recipe for you! It's creamy and delightful. Feel free to adapt and throw in any veggies you would like. Artichokes, peas would be great here as well as any other veggies you can think of.
Prep Time 5
Cook Time 40
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5
Cook Time 40
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the squash on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for about 25 minutes, until tender, tossing once halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add 5 slices of bacon diced. I typically use kitchen scissors and just cut the slices into pieces as I'm adding them to the pan to avoid getting a cutting board dirty. Cook until bacon pieces are crispy, then remove bacon with slotted spoon. In the bacon drippings, add the spinach, onions, and garlic. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until tender.
  3. In a separate bowl mix tuna, mayo, mustard. After the squash is done and the spinach, onions, and garlic are tender and fragrant. Mix everything in with the tuna mix. Then place in a round or square casserole dish, top with crushed plantain chips (leave out for Whole 30), and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Spice it up with some crushed red pepper if you like spicy or even some curry powder would be yummy. 🙂 If you are ok with dairy you can add parmesan cheese to the top as well.

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Sweet Potato and Broccoli Breakfast Hash

Today’s post is a guest post by Laurel Miller of Hickory Creek Lane.  Make sure to check out her site. Laurel is a good friend from college. Together with our husbands we were on the University’s Residence Life Staff and started our marriages eating in the school cafeteria. 🙂  Since then we’ve both learned a lot about nourishing food! This is the first recipe post on the site, but don’t worry there are more to come. Any kind of hash has been on our menu a lot this month with all the yummy summer veggies, I hope you enjoy!

Dr. Hartzler

 

I’m so happy to be writing this guest post for Pharm to Table. Dr. Hartzler provides great information that our family has already adopted into our lives. Both my toddler and my 3 month old are now taking a high quality probiotic thanks to the evidenced-based article she recently posted on this topic. It’s nice to have a reliable resource for functional medicine at our fingertips.

As she has alluded throughout her site, perhaps one of the greatest ways we can impact our wellness is through our diet. I grew up in the fat-free, highly processed era of the ’90s and it wasn’t until the last few years that I have made steps to transform the way our family eats as the diet recommendations of the past seem to be doing more harm than good. I never realized how much of a role the food we eat plays on how we feel. It turns out that consuming the right foods can make us feel fabulous!

Because I’m a former cereal lover (always paired with skim milk and a tall glass of orange juice), breakfast can sometimes be a challenging meal for me to choose the best option. I’m a firm believer that food should not only nourish us, it should also be delicious. Luckily, I discovered a new love of sweet potato hash paired with fresh eggs. I developed this particular recipe to hopefully share inspiration for a breakfast that will provide the power to get through the day while keeping blood sugars stable.

This sweet potato and broccoli hash is gluten-free, dairy-free, and is highly customizable. If broccoli isn’t preferred, it can easily be swapped out for other seasonal vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or eggplant. The hash can conveniently be made ahead of time and the eggs can instead be added just before serving, or omitted entirely depending on preference. I made this particular recipe on Sunday morning for our family and then enjoyed the leftovers during the week. It was tasty and it helped set a good foundation for getting myself through the workday and wrangling two young children.

If you are looking for new meal ideas to start your mornings on the bright side, I suggest you give this sweet potato and broccoli hash a try. I hope you can enjoy it as much as our family did.

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Sweet Potato and Broccoli Breakfast Hash
This sweet potato hash is a nourishing and hearty dish that is great for any meal of the day. It is highly customizable and can be made ahead of time by simply making the hash and waiting to add the eggs.  Author: Laurel Miller of Hickory Creek Lane
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo (Whole30)
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo (Whole30)
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large braiser or skillet (you will need a lot of room for all the vegetables), cook the sausage over medium heat until browned. Remove the sausage from the pan and place into a separate bowl. Pour off the excess grease (don’t bother cleaning it as this will help flavor the hash).
  2. Add the 3 tablespoons of oil to the same pan over medium heat. Add in the sweet potato cubes and onion slices. Stir to coat the vegetables in oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Cook for 5 minutes so the potatoes and onions just start to soften, stirring occasionally. Next, carefully stir in the broccoli and minced garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and an additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the cooked sausage, stirring one more time to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  3. Turn off the heat on the stove and transfer the hash to the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a spoon to make four small “pockets” in the hash. Carefully crack eggs into each pocket. Sprinkle each egg with additional salt and pepper, if desired, and return to the 400 degree oven. Bake for an additional 8-9 minutes, or until eggs are just set.***
Recipe Notes

*I used a gluten-free Italian sausage when I made this hash, but you can use whatever variety you prefer.

**Kosher salt is coarser than standard table salt. If you are using a finer salt, be sure to reduce the amount slightly. I also season the vegetables with salt throughout the cooking process as I have found this creates a greater depth of flavor.

***Eggs baked in the oven seem to look more under-cooked than they actually are. In the past, I have been tempted to leave them in longer based on how they looked and I ended up with overdone egg yolks.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per Serving

Calories: 301kcal Fat: 16.7g Protein: 13.7g Carbs: 24.6g

Cholesterol: 186mg Fiber: 4.2g Sugars: 8.3g

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