Balsamic Winter Throw Together Bake

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What a bloody stupid name for a recipe. No one is even going to look at this recipe because of my lack of creativity. But there are too many ingredients to make a good title up. It’s like a fancy Starbucks drink. So many ingredients, so many terms, so many fancy/stupid ways to say it. I thought about trying to be a fancy chef and make up my own words to make it sound cooler than it actually is….then I remembered I’m not a chef, nor do I know big words that would be useful in this situation. So, you get what you get. If you don’t try this, I pity you. It’s delicious. Btw, cool me saying bloody all the time. Jason says it so I guess I’m just trying to be cool like him. And failing. Way to go.

So I made a rookie mistake the other day. I ate sh*t on my 2nd of 80 box jumps. I, of course, was trying to keep up with Jason and stopped using my brain for that split second and lost the first two layers of skin on my shin in the process. It’s not deep at all, I’ve definitely had worse, when I was a newbie to the good ole’ box jump. But at this point I’ve learned to use my legs, and figured out that you have to lift them high to get on top of the box. Sexual innuendos are everywhere in that last sentence. Kind of. Ew. Anywho, I let my fall slow down my time. Disappointing.

oh yummo. thank goodness i shaved my legs that day. wouldn’t have wanted to lose hair along with my shin!

I bought a dudes deodorant today. Not bought it off of a dude, like it was made for males, so I was thinking it would be stronger for my sweating issues. It’s not. I still sweat a balls ton. No matter what. BUT, in turn, I smell like a dude. And since I’m single, that’s pretty awesome. I love how dudes smell when they smell good. If I’m down at all, all I have to do is smell my armpits and I’m in man heaven. Wicked.

I’m sitting on the floor of my living room, indian style. And I just found a chocolate chip on the carpet. Yes, I did eat it.


Balsamic Winter Throw Together Bake

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1/2lb chicken, cubed
  • 1/2lb ground beef
  • 34 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 head cauliflower, stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 bundle of kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other fat)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Now you are going to need a large skillet and a medium skillet.
  3. Put your large skillet over medium heat and add your coconut oil. When hot, add your butternut squash and drizzle 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over the little cubes. Now let those cubes glaze on one side and flip to glaze on the other. About 5-6 minutes per side.
  4. Now while your butternut squash is cooking, run your cauliflower through a food processor with the shredding attachment to rice it.
  5. When you go to flip your butternut squash, throw you cauliflower rice on top along with 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of rosemary, and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix to combine and cover to help cook down.
  6. Now time to cook your meat. Add your chopped bacon to a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the bacon has rendered some fat, add your ground beef and chicken.
  7. Cook meat, continuously flipping to help all meat cook through completely.
  8. While meat cooks, add your kale to your cauliflower and butternut squash pan and cover to let cook down.
  9. Once your meat is cooked through, add your extra tablespoon of garlic powder and rosemary and mix together.
  10. Now add your skillet of cauliflower, butternut squash, and kale to a 9×12 glass baking dish and add meat on top.
  11. Add salt and pepper and mix all that goodness together.
  12. Add to your oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until kale has a slight crisp to it and meat has browned a bit.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


56 thoughts on “Balsamic Winter Throw Together Bake”

  1. Did you bake that in a snow oven as your first two pictures suggest?

    Might I suggest pitching the man-deodorant for your sweating issues and replacing it with coconut oil+baking soda+cornstarch? I have found that this concoction is the only thing to domesticate my man-sweat (I’m a chick), and believe me, I have tried every commercial deodorant known to man or beast.

  2. I sweat like a pig all the time! I’m out of coconut oil (end of the world) so I’m just rubbing on baking soda and it seems to be working. I don’t stink as bad; at least I think I don’t.

      1. I discovered it on paleohacks about a year ago. Apparently, cavemen worried about their smell? Who knew?

        Word of caution, though. Too much baking soda right after shaving can irritate the pits, so you have to be kind to the pits with some zinc oxide at night (and by “zinc oxide” I mean “diaper rash cream.” Yup!)

  3. i made the enchilada chicken stuff this morning and i have to say, is the midst of getting a 3 year old dressed and ready for school, feeding the cats and the dogs, (3 of each,) and trying to look somewhat decent, I threw all of the ingredients into my crockpot, kissed it goodbye and good luck and was on my way. came home several hours later to a house that smelled like heaven. I ran to the crock pot with anticipation… yes I am a cooking DORK now… and the beautiful chicken just fell apart… it was beautiful… just beautiful. Your recipes are just freaking amazing and delicious and i share them with all of my friends. Thanks for making this blog and sharing your life and recipes with us all.. and OUCHIES on the boo boo…

  4. “I’m sitting on the floor of my living room, indian style. And I just found a chocolate chip on the carpet. Yes, I did eat it.”

    wish I didn’t lol when I read that,

  5. The chocolate chip comment was my favorite from this post. I was watching Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Ramsey yesterday and he caught one chef throwing something from the floor back into the deep fryer. I thought, “That is why I am not a chef. Because I would do exactly that.” Way to be awesome.

  6. Wow. Lots in this post for a guy to take in. First, love me a good fall throw together, so this has a chance as the cold weather sets in on Oklahoma this weekend (hello -1 windchill tomorrow). Second, while the cut isn’t deep, I’ll bet you a jar of almond butter that thing bruises nicely. I have experience. Third, what’s with the weird uses of baking soda? Baby powder plus your regular stick, and you still smell like a girl (which is preferred by the dudes you like to smell, trust me).

    1. I love when you have good comments Tom. It’s pretty the coldest day ever here. Not really. But close. And dudes don’t like me whether I smell good or bad. Asses.

  7. Juli–for your “sweating issues” try Certain Dri. Your pits will be more arid than the Sahara.

    Sorry for your little box jump accident. Speedy recovery.

  8. Do you think a sweet potatoe would work with the balsamic? I feel like butternut squash is so deceiving because it looks like a sweet potato but sure as hell does not taste like one. When I was little, I mixed coke with milk thinking it looked like chocolate milk, why wouldn’t it taste like it?? Young naive girl.

  9. Ouch! Never shave your legs with a machete 😉 Amazing recipes on your site; I will be trying this one this week for sure! You have impeccable taste in sneakers – I have the exact same New Balance/Vibram barefoots. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  10. Juli! This recipe rocks my face off! It was sooo good. I didn’t have any chicken on hand so I just used a whole pound of ground beef. When my husband and I took a bite we both gave each that look like “I want to say a whole bunch of cuss words really loud but I can’t because we are sandwiched between two living tape recorders (our 5 & 7 year olds)”. We didn’t say anything until we were done…not even the kids. Then he said I could make that anytime I wanted. I scored the leftovers the next day. Hooray for me! All your recipes have been awesome! It was so great to be introduced to you by my crossfit coach. The paleo journey (as well as crossfit) has been a new one for me. Also, you crack me up…which is a huge bonus to the recipes. Love the blog that comes before. My husband knows that when he hears me laughing with my laptop that I am reading your blog. Love it! Keep it up!

  11. I’m so excited to try this one. I love butternut squash! Picked up all the ingredients I needed today at the store and will be trying this out tomorrow. Your recipes have never disappointed me. I turned on one of my CrossFit friends to your amazing butternut lasagna recipe. It’s seriously like crack! But healthy crack.

  12. This turned out sooooo satisfying! I made a few substitutions based on what I had in my kitchen (sweet potatoes instead of squash, swiss chard instead of kale). A small bowl and I’m full and my taste buds are happy.

    I think the cauliflower gives it a chewy, almost starchy feeling, that is difficult to get in a lot of paleo recipes. I haven’t had pasta or rice (aside from a few treats of sushi) in 5 months, and I think what I miss most is the texture.

  13. Cannot WAIT to try this. I have missed ‘casseroles’ since I started CrossFit and Paleo 3 months ago. This is the first one I’ve found that has stuff I eat on a regular basis but in a casserole dish – YAY!

  14. Juli, This recipe rocks! I’m chowing down on it right now, the usual eating-lunch-at-my-desk work routine. It is so homey and satisfying, even though I’m slightly dissatisfied not to be at home. … It smelled so good heating up that my colleagues expressed envy over the basalmic butternut combo. Dee-lish! I’ve just printed off the recipe for one of them who’s diabetic and can really use the cauliflower rice as a substitute on that account, paleo or not. Many thanks, again, for the effort you put into blogging such incredible recipes! Also so easy to make, which is a wonderful thing.

  15. this meal is amazing!!!!!!!! the first time i made it my husband and i ate the entire meal by ourselves because it was so delish! whenever i think about what to make for dinner this meal pops into my mind. i am trying to only make it once a week 🙂

  16. The same thing happened to me with the box jumps….I almost cried…I’m still working on them. I’m 5’1 and I cant get both my feet on top of the box at the same time, it is really annoying. Any tips??

  17. I’m new here. And a pretty reluctant paleo. But I made this tonight (added a little fresh garlic to the meat). It was divine. Serious. I made a ton, hoping for leftovers- no dice. My kids and husband devoured it. Fighting over thirds. Great recipe. Keep going. I think you have some genius in you.

  18. Made this tonight with jalapeño chicken sausage instead of ground beef, and oregano instead of rosemary (substitutions because I didn’t have the ingredients.) So amazing– even my non-paleo carb-loving boyfriend thought it was great, although he suggested it be insanely good as filling for a pot pie! Next time I may add almond meal to the top when it comes time to put it in the oven… for a little crunchy nutty goodness!

  19. this-food-is-good

    This recipe is so tasty I felt the need to leave a comment or else I would feel guilty not giving it some sort of open acknowledgement. Thank you!!!

  20. Sometimes, when you put this many “good-for-you” things together, it doesn’t taste “good”. THIS, MY FRIEND, IS SO GOOD!!! IN ALL aspects of the word good. My husband and I ate two helpings, and were completely satisfied. THIS WAS AWESOME.

  21. Could you make this the night before and then wait to cook it? If so, how would you adjust the cooking time? Thanks!

    We’re whole 30/paleo newbies and your blog is our favorite. 🙂

  22. You legit crack me up. I love your blog posts. Discovered you about 2 months ago and not only do your recipes sound awesome (have only tried a few so far), but sometimes I click on a recipe solely to read the ramblings before it. Just pre-ordered your cookbook- can’t wait til April! (also, making this recipe sometime this week!)

  23. My friend made this last night, and I had a sample-and I already feel the need to make it for myself today! This recipe is superb!! Thanks!

  24. I just made this dish and it was delicious!!! The husband ate 3 servings of it. I already have 4 more recipes planned out from your site to make this week and I am sooo excited! Thank you!

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