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Stuffed Delicata Squash with Ground Beef

Stuffed Delicata Squash with Ground Beef, cranberries, pecans and green onion is a healthy, filling clean dinner recipe perfect for those looking for a nutritious meal! This easy recipe comes together quickly and is a great option for those following a paleo or whole30 diet.

Stuffed vegetables. Forever the rage!

I recently had a revelation that I could likely eat stuffed squash for dinner every single night during the fall and winter months and never get tired of it.

Just think of all the combinations and permutations one can come up with to create so many different meals out of stuffed squash! 

For starters, there are many varieties of winter squash, in addition to all sorts of proteins, grains, legumes, fruit, vegetables, herbs, leafy greens, cheese, nuts, seeds and more! 

Ground Beef Stuffed Delicata Squash with cranberries and pecans - paleo, whole30, healthy clean dinner recipe

Take, for instance, my Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef, Brussel Sprouts, and Kale, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls, Turkey Stuffed Butternut Squash, Ground Turkey Stuffed Delicata Squash and my Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Pears, and Pecans

So many possibilities!

There’s just so much pleasure to be had with stuffing winter squash with a variety of goofies if you ask me!

The Inspiration For This Recipe:

I’ve had delicata squash recipes on the brain since I posted my Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash a few weeks ago. To me, it tastes like pure sugar mixed with adrenaline. 

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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper With Rice (Dairy-Free)

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper With Rice – a dairy-free, healthier version of classic Hamburger Helper for an amazingly filling dinner.

When I was a kid, I had the metabolism of a wolverine. Protein, carb and fat-rich meals that stick to your ribcage like Lasagna, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Hamburger Helper were some of my favorites because I was guaranteed to feel full after those dinners – a rare occasion indeed.

And Hamburger Helper? The relationship was fiery.

There’s something very nostalgic about a childhood meal and most of us begin craving comfort foods in the fall and winter when the weather gets chilly.

Or in my case, all the time. Girl loves to feel FULL! 

Enter: Homemade Hamburger Helper.

What is Hamburger Helper?:

Most of you are already very familiar, but in case you’ve never tried it, Hamburger Helper is a beefy noodle dish in a creamy seasoned sauce, resulting in a dinner that just sticks straight to your ribcage. It is DELICIOUS. 

In order to make iconic Hamburger Helper at home using ingredients that sit well with me, I took many liberties so that I could create a meal I felt good serving both myself and others. This is how it goes..

Instant Pot Dairy-Free Homemade Hamburger Helper with Rice - a cleaner version of Hamburger Helper made in the pressure cooker

How This Recipe Differs From Traditional Hamburger Helper:

  • First and foremost, there is no pasta involved. I swapped it out for rice.
  • The recipe is entirely dairy-free, but you can easily use milk/cream and/or cheese (see Recipe Adaptations) section below.
  • Made in an Instant Pot! Traditionally, my parents made hamburger helper on the stove top, and sometimes finished it off in the oven with more cheese. This recipe requires almost zero effort, hovering, minimal cleanup, and is so QUICK and easy!

Now that you have some background information and know how we’re firing out Version 2.0, lets dive into more details..

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Vegetable Beef Soup (with an Instant Pot Option)

Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty, delicious, filling yet clean recipe perfect for a cozy dinner in. This easy healthy soup recipe is keto-friendly and can be made in a jiffy when under a time crunch! I discovered a few years ago that sweater weather plus a big bowl of vegetable beef soup is where …

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30-Minute Teriyaki Beef Skillet with Vegetables

Teriyaki Beef and Vegetable Skillet made in less than 30 minutes! This flavorful, nutritious meal comes together lightning quick and will please even the pickiest eaters. Make it as a meal prep recipe to enjoy throughout the week, or serve to friends and family.

It’s the return of the skillet!

If you have been following along my blog, or if you watch my Instagram stories, you know this is the exact type of meal I make every single day (often for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!).

Skillet. Animal Protein. Veggies. Baddabingbaddaboom NOURISHMENT!

Toss a heaping pile of it in a bowl with some steamed brown rice and you’re looking at the object of my affection.

For this rendition of Julia’s everyday eats, I browned up some ground beef, through in some veggies and my homemade Paleo Teriyaki Sauce, and then drooled all over myself while enjoying it.

It’s so crazy simple, so easy to adapt using various proteins and vegetables, and so nourishing for your body.

Close up photo of skillet of Teriyaki Beef and vegetables

My pro tip for making this skillet in under 30 minutes? Chop as you go. While you can chop all of the vegetables ahead of time before you start cooking, I like adding mine in at various times depending on their hardiness. 

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One Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice

One skillet ground beef and wild rice with onion, garlic, bell pepper and rainbow chard is a quick and easy one-pot meal that results in a lovely well-balanced dinner.

When it comes to cooking dinner at home, I generally aim for three things: 

1.) Affordability – I like to keep it inexpensive…no need for pretention in my household! 

2.) Nutrient-Dense  – I go for balanced meals that contain all three macros – protein, fat, and carbs. Bonus points for fiber, vitamins and minerals! I find that meals that hit all three are very satisfying 

3.) Quick to Prepare – While I love cooking, I don’t typically want to spend a huge chunk of time on cooking, so I try to keep it around 30 minutes, or at the very most, 1 hour.

My skillet recipes fit all three criteria, and this ground beef and wild rice recipe is no exception!

Onion, garlic, bell pepper, ground beef, wild rice, broth, and rainbow chard is all we need to make this beauty happen! The combination of flavors is fresh and the meal itself is super satisfying! You can serve it up with a side salad or roasted veggies if you’re looking for even more vegetable power!

Let’s make it, shall we?

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Basil Coconut Ground Beef Skillet with Vegetables and Rice

Ground Beef Skillet with vegetables, rice stewed with a coconut milk basil sauce is a quick and easy one-pot meal! This skillet is super flavorful, healthful, and filling. An easy dinner or side dish recipe with tons of unique flair.

This is quite possibly the strangest recipe I have ever posted.

But you know what they say…

Stranger things have happened.

AND, as fate would have it (and is often the case during times of weirdness and non-conformity), this is one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever posted.

That’s right!  This basil coconut ground beef skillet recipe is my alpha omega.

Look at this ground beef skillet as a fancy fried rice recipe. 

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Red Curry Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Thai-style red curry meatballs with an easy red curry sauce and spaghetti squash make for a clean and hearty dinner! Make it ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week!

Red Curry Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash - paleo, keto, whole30, clean dinner recipe | #glutenfree

Did you check out the Thai Meatballs from the Keto Quick Start Cookbook I posted a few weeks ago? I thought I’d re-visit the topic, because, you guys, these meatballs are SO GOOD! Let’s make a thing of them, shall we?

All we’re doing here is baking up a batch of the Thai Meatballs, whipping up a red curry sauce, and roasting a butternut squash. Three components, minimal effort, ALL THE FLAVOR!

Put everything in a big bowl, mix it all around, and enjoy this hearty, nutritious meal!

Red Curry Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash - low-carb, keto, paleo, whole30 |

These bowls are:

  • Paleo
  • Low-Carb // Keto as long as you don’t go crazy with the spaghetti squash
  • Whole30
  • Clean and tasty!

Lettuce discuss this red curry sauce situation.

Homemade Red Curry Sauce

All you need is full-fat canned coconut milk, red curry paste (yes, this is store-bought, yup, we’re going for easy peasy here!), fresh ginger, and a touch of fish sauce. Simply heat it all up on the stove top and use it for all your red curry needs.

Which brings me to my next point: this red curry sauce is versatile AF! Use it to your heart’s delight to add Thai flair to any of your meals.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef, Kale and Brussels Sprouts

Stuffed acorn squash with kale, brussels sprouts, ground beef, and onion. This simple, clean meal keeps weeknight eats fun and interesting. Whenever I find myself in a creative slump for my weeknight meals, I turn toward stuffed vegetables or casseroles to change things up. You can still keep it fresh, seasonal, clean and friendly to …

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