This Creamy Garlic Pork and Spinach dish is a simple, quick and easy one-pot meal. Made with butternut squash, cinnamon, and a variety of herbs, it’s comforting, delicious, AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant.
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This deliciously creamy garlic Pork and Spinach is one-pot comfort perfection. Meal prep this on the weekend or cook it in less than 30 minutes for a quick weeknight meal.
Here’s what you’ll need for this creamy dish:
- Butternut Squash – this lends a subtle sweetness to the pork. Because pork and sweet just go together, right!? You can use frozen cubed butternut squash, raw butternut squash or any other variety of squash in this recipe.
- Spinach – this dish calls for 4-5 cups of spinach. You can definitely use, because it wilts down as leafy greens tend to do.
- Coconut milk – you’ll want to ensure you’re using full fat, additive free coconut milk here. This provides the dish with its creaminess.
- Tapioca starch – this is used to thicken the coconut milk and you can omit this if you are sensitive to cassava products.
- Garlic – four cloves of crushed garlic pack a delicious punch. Don’t worry it’s mellowed out by the coconut milk.
- Ground pork – one pound of ground pork is needed for this recipe.
- Spices + Herbs – cinnamon (trust me on this one), dried oregano, fresh or dried thyme
Creamy Garlic Pork and Spinach FAQs
Can I replace the ground pork in this dish?
This flavors of squash and cinnamon were specifically chosen to compliment pork in this recipe. But you can definitely try using ground chicken or turkey if you have it.
What do I pair this dish with?
With the squash as carbohydrates, the spinach as leafy greens and the pork as protein this is a complete meal. If you’d like though, you can serve with some cauliflower rice, zoodles or some AIP sourdough bread.
Can I substitute the tapioca starch?
You can likely use arrowroot starch and water to make a slurry as described in the instructions below. Alternatively, you can omit the starch altogether and simply reduce the coconut milk by cooking it for a bit longer.
Looking for more sweet and savory recipes? Check out:
- Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Compote
- Plantain Casserole
- One-pan Chicken Thighs with Apples
- Stuffed Sweet Potato Cakes
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