Simply Healthy Family: Bacon, Brussels, Apple and Butternut Squash Sprouted Wild Rice Casserole {gluten and dairy free}

3.12.15

Bacon, Brussels, Apple and Butternut Squash Sprouted Wild Rice Casserole {gluten and dairy free}



 You can have this piping hot Bacon, Brussels and Butternut Squash Apple Casserole on your table in no time.  Resist the urge to add cheese, spices or sauces to this dish, it's flavorful all on it's own!









You may have noticed (I humor myself) that I've not been posting much lately. We recently moved across town into our dream home and have been happily busy making it our own. Seeing as that we moved in on Halloween and that Thanksgiving and Christmas all to quickly follow, we've had our hands full. To say the least, blogging has been a luxury I've just not had time for lately.


But before the weeks turn into months which they surely do, I felt the all to familiar itch to post another family favorite dinner recipe. One that is so simple to make it almost doesn't seem right to make such a presentation out of it. Yet when 4 out of 4 kids gobble up spoonful after spoonful of a hot, healthy dinner it would be criminal not to share it.


Once upon a time I actually enjoyed peeling, coring and chopping up a fresh butternut squash. Call me crazy but I get certain satisfaction from handling fresh produce the way that only someone who lives in the middle of a desert wasteland can. However, seeing as that I have 101 other slightly less entertaining things to do at the moment, I found myself almost squealing in the frozen aisle of Costco the other day when I happened upon this huge bag of cubed butternut squash.... Organic to boot.







The rest of this casserole is in the bag once you chop up some extra thick cut Apple wood Smoked Bacon and throw it in a flaming hot skillet. In the bag I say!





Spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing super important things like shopping for the best deals on footsie pajamas, fuzzy slippers and super cool gadgets. 

 {Dear Santa, I would like a digital meat thermometer please and thank you!}






When I say that this casserole is fuss free, I mean it. Nothing but salt and pepper is needed for additional flavor seeing as that it has so much natural goodness going on! Just the right amount of fresh apples to make you inquisitive, naturally sweet butternut squash, the subtle Earthy flavor of baby Brussels and of course bacon!















TIME      60 MINUTES          SERVES     8

You Will Need

3 cups, (frozen) cubed butternut squash
1 medium size gala (or similar) apple, cored and chopped
2 large handfuls baby Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced in half
*1 1/2 cups sprouted wild rice
*3 cups Organic, free range chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
5-6 slices extra thick cut Apple wood Smoked Bacon
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon real butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
fresh cracked pepper to taste


Putting it All Together

Over medium-high heat in a pressure cooker, add butter. Add chopped onions and sauté till lightly golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add broth and rice and salt, stir. Cover with lid and bring to the second ring, reduce heat and cook just 10 minutes. Release pressure using water method. Alternatively, you can quick boil the rice for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Combine squash, Brussels and apples in an 8x11 casserole dish. Drizzle with evoo, toss to combine. Add semi-cooked rice, stir. Loosely cover with foil and bake at 400F for 40 minutes. Carefully remove foil and cook another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop bacon into bite size pieces. Add to a hot frying pan and cook until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove bacon and place on paper towels to drain grease. Remove casserole from oven and spoon into bowls, sprinkle with cooked bacon. 









* NOTES & TIPS

Sprouting grains, including rice helps remove the phytic acid which is not only hard on your digestive system but actually leeches other important minerals straight out of your gut. The phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and therefor can not be absorbed in the intestine which can lead to mineral deficiencies. By soaking grains, you are breaking down the phytic acid so it can be easily digested.  You can soak rice and grains for 24 hours  prior to cooking and even let them sit on a mesh cart or cheese cloth for another 24 hours to sprout thus creating a complete protein or find prepackaged sprouted grains at your well stocked grocery store.


If you use unsoaked rice, you will need to add an additional 1/2 a cup or so of liquid while cooking.




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21 comments:

  1. First, congratulations on your new home - how exciting! Next, great recipe! So colorful and so many goodies! I've never sprouted rice before....must try this!

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  2. What a delicious flavor combination! Our family loves apples, bacon and brussels! Also, the little dishes that you are using are adorable!

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  3. Literally some of my favorite foods all in one dish! Love it!

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  4. This sounds delicious, plus it's pretty too. And thanks for the info on sprouted grains. Making a Costco run this weekend so will look for the prepared butternut squash. I prefer cooking from scratch but am not adverse to a few time savers. I now buy large bags of peeled, untreated garlic for instance. Really must put a pressure cooker on my Christmas wish list this year.

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    1. I love cooking from scratch too but don't mind being 'lazy' once and a while ;) You have to get a pressure cooker, I don't know what I'd do without mine I use it almost every day!

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  5. this is delicious. thx Gwen

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  6. I so hear you - we moved last summer and my blog took a major backseat while everything got settled in. This dish looks awesome though. I adore Brussels sprouts!

    -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

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  7. Great combination of flavors. I like that you threw some bacon in there! Plus, I must admit that I adore your cutting board. :)

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  8. I love that easy to use butternut. I hate peeling the hard rind off them.

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  9. This is what I call comfort food! Love every ingrediet you used to make this recipe.

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  10. This is such a wonderful combination of ingredients and I LOVE wild rice!

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  11. Congratulations on your new home! That must be so fun and exciting. This looks like the perfect healthy comfort food to enjoy in your awesome kitchen :)

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  12. Yay for the dream home! Congrats. This recipe has so many things I love, outside the bacon, of course.

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  13. Congrats on your new home! We just moved this summer and while it is a blessing, it is exhausting!! Glad to see you came back to posting with a bang--this looks so good!

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  14. Congrats!! This sounds wonderful and it is great that all the kids enjoyed it (a sure sign of a winning recipe!)

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  15. I have never tried sprouted grains! I have heard of them when I started doing a lot of Paleo. I heard lots of things about legumes too! Something in the skins that keeps your body from absorbing the nutrients. I am not supposed to eat too many of them but I have heard that sprouted grains are easier on the tummy! Love this!! Thanks!

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  16. Great recipe, especially that apple and butternut combination!

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  17. Well, that's a good thing to do with the Brussels sprouts and butternut squash (that are reaching the Must Be Used stage) that I was just looking at... It sounds delicious.

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  18. I love brussels sprouts, love the combination in this dinner!

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  19. This has EVERYTHING I love!! Brussel sprouts, Butternut Squash, Bacon and Wild Rice!! I wish I was having this for dinner tonight... looks so amazing!

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  20. I always look forward to your recipes each week in my feed. So creative and healthful! Have just moved across town myself over Thanksgiving, I know what you mean about not having time to post. Glad you are enjoying your new digs.

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