It is no secret that my kids are picky eaters. But this post isn’t about them anyways. This post is about the night that I decided to make a fancy dinner JUST FOR ME. How’s that for self care?
My husband was working late and my kids were eating hot dogs and waffles. (organic grass fed hot dogs and GF waffles, haters!) I easily could have had a salad or scrambled eggs. But that night I decided to take it up a notch. And I did it all while my kids were eating/bathing/doing homework.
DINNER’S ON (A new series on MSB)
I’m striving to post more recipes on this blog with a focus on balanced eating. Some will be dinner recipes (like this one!), some will be desserts. Maybe I will even get fancy and include both in one post. We shall see. I would say I’m going to post snacks, too, but my children’s dinners basically are a collection of snacks on one plate. So it counts.In terms of dinner recipes, this seems like a good place to start.
- 1 medium-large sized acorn squash
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 1 bag Trader Joes cauliflower rice stuffing mix
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Cinnamon & Maple syrup (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a cookie sheet with foil/parchment/silicone baking sheet
- Wash outside of squash and pierce with knife several times.
- Cook squash in microwave for 2 minutes or until soft enough to cut in half length wise
- Scoop out and discard seeds. Place squash flesh side down on lined cookie sheet*
- Cook for 20 minutes or until pliable
- While squash cooks, heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in skillet/pan set to medium heat
- Add ground turkey breast, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
- Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Cook turkey until no longer pink, transfer to bowl/dish.
- Add remaining Tbsp of coconut oil to same skillet/pan, still on medium heat
- Pour cauliflower rice stuffing mix into pan and heat thoroughly.
- Alternatively you can follow the microwave directions on the bag, but I prefer the skillet method
- Once cauliflower mix is heated, add turkey back into skillet to warm.
- When squash are cooked, spoon cauliflower/turkey mixture into acorn squash.
- season with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a bit of maple syrup, if desired.
This really is a tasty meal that looks fancy but is easy enough to do with your kids fighting in the background 🙂 I evened out the meal with a spinach salad with some pecans and a honey mustard dressing. Clearly I was still holding onto Fall flavors that night.
My husband was very pleased to see this when he got home, too. He was surprised how much it filled him up, and asked me to grab a few
more bags of the Trader Joe’s mix. If you do not live close to a Trader Joe’s or your store doesn’t carry this, I recommend making or buying riced cauliflower. I use it at least a few times a week in everything from skillet dishes like this one to breakfast rice pudding (I’ll share that recipe soon.)
In adventures of 80/20 eating, this felt like a win 🙂
What’s your favorite easy but fancy weeknight dinner?