Bacon, Pork, Goat Cheese, Butternut Casserole?

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I work in a kitchen. Well I guess technically I work in a bake area.

I expressed last week that I suck at feeding myself sometimes.

I spend every day thinking and creating delicious food for other people. And I rarely take time to focus on what I am feeding myself. I like quick, easy and simple at home.

Baking is a breeze. I get in a groove. In a flow. Putting things in a bowl, throwing it in the oven is cake for me (literally sometimes). It is nothing for me to whip up a batch of fresh cookies when I have apartment guests.

But the first of the month I went to the market. I scored some major market finds.

I had a butternut squash stare me down for a week. Seriously we just looked at each other. “What am I going to do with you?” This was the question on my mind every time I passed it.

And so I held off.

Until one day I got off work early, yet I was still feeling creative. Not yet ready to leave the kitchen.

I tackled the butternut.

I cubed it. Minced the garlic I found in my fridge and then I waited a little bit longer.

Last week kicked my ass. I am known for my frankness and this true. It kicked my ass. Between working, spending hours painting windows, squeezing in three mile walks with my friend Amy, and family/friend time and birthday celebrations, it was Sunday before I came face-to-face with the squash.

I typically spend my days off in the kitchen. This is when I finally get down to taking care of me, myself and I. Make some meals for the week. Make a delicious dinner. With my apartment cozy, cleaned and festive, I was ready for something good to go in my belly.

One of my favorite recipes is a butternut apple bake with pork. I did a similar take, but with a goat cheese addition.

Magical. This meal was magical, delicious and oh-so filling!

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  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • Thin pork loins
  • 1/2 lb. of bacon
  • 2 oz. of goat cheese
  • Coconut sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Drizzle of honey

: Do the dirty work first, cube the butternut, as it is the most time consuming. Toss it in a bowl with the apple and pecans. Toss with some sea salt, coconut sugar, and a tiny bit of cayenne to taste.

Smear some goat cheese on the pork. Add a small pile of stuffing. Roll tightly. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around.

Chop the left-over bacon. Toss it in with the squash.

Lay down the pork. Surround it with the butternut mix. Drizzle a little honey over the whole thing.

Bake at 350 until the bacon is cooked and the squash is tender.

Eat and enjoy!

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