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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Dinner is served. I came across this recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook called Pork-filled Acorn squash. I bookmarked it and kept the recipe in the back of my mind. Then one day at the super market I decided to buy some acorn squash. (I have never bought them before and I was a little bit intimidated.) I came home and stored them on my counter for several days… still not sure how to cook them.  I decided I needed to use them up.

I got out the recipe book, however, I usually don’t eat a lot of pork so I made up my own recipe.

Take…. Sloppy Joes and stuff it into an acorn squash… you get turkey stuffed acorn squash.

We loved this recipe!!! When eating… simply mix the acorn squash with the stuffed turkey and you will have a delightful dinner.

Aren’t acorn squash’s just adorable vegetables??

This acorn squash is a shaped dark green winter squash (Cucurbita pepo) with a ridged surface and mildly sweet yellow to orange flesh.

When I was scooping out the seeds the girls asked if it was a pumpkin. Nope… it is an acorn squash.
The acorn squash has a very sweet flavor.

I found this adorable poem online… here.

Acorn Squash 

The squirrel’s a brave and brazen sort

Who flies from tree to tree for sport

He hunts for acorns high and low

And saves them up for winter’s snow

When trees are bare, acorns no more

The squirrel comes up to my front door

As if to ask for food from me

“I took no acorns from your tree!”

For acorn’s not my favorite knosh

Unless it’s buttered acorn squash. “

 

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Here is the recipe…

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • acorn squash
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup green peppers, diced
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup-optional
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Gouda Cheese-or any cheese of your liking

Instructions

  1. Wash Squash.
  2. Cut each squash lengthwise in half. Remove seeds and fibers.
  3. Place squash halves, cut sides up, into an ungreased 9x13 pan.
  4. Sprinkle cut sides with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour water into dish until ¼ inch deep.
  6. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, brown ground turkey and minced garlic on stove top. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Once acorn squash has cooked, removed from oven and stuff with turkey mixture. Top with Gouda Cheese.
  9. Return to oven, COVER, and bake an additional 25-30
  10. minutes.
  11. Serve warm.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/11/turkey-stuffed-acorn-squash/

I am sure you could use any number of meats, ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey. You could really take away or add any number of items to your meat as well. Just make it accordingly.

I loved taking my fork, scrapping off the sweet squash, mixing it with the turkey, and big bite of gouda cheese. Let me just say… I will be making this recipe again.

Enjoy!

Here is a link of some more yummy acorn squash recipes.

 

A little side note… I hope to do this fun idea with Jayd for her homeschooling. Here is the link for that.

A squirrel Craft.

As we don’t drink coffee…. we will find some other item to put on our squirrel.

Happy November!

 

How to Saute Shrimp

How to Saute Shrimp

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Do you know how to sauté shrimp??

I myself just learned this last year. If you are wondering why, it is because I never ate shrimp  before my lifestyle change. I didn’t like it. I did not know what I was missing. I eat more shrimp today because I love it. I truly love it!

One of the easiest and most delicious ways I have found is to sauté it. For me, the shrimp has to be warm. I don’t like cold shrimp a whole lot. I can and will eat it, but this is my favorite way to eat shrimp.

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Here is the simple directions…

How to Saute Shrimp

Ingredients

  • cooked shrimp- tail off, peeled and deveined
  • spices
  • pam cooking spray
  • water if necessary
  • lemon

Instructions

  1. Turn your stove-top to medium-high.
  2. Spray your pan with Pam Cooking Spray.
  3. Add cooked shrimp. ** I like the medium sized shrimp. But large and small will work just fine as well.
  4. Season with spices.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. ** If they start to stick to pan just add a tiny bit of water.**
  6. Serve with lemon.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/03/how-to-saute-shrimp/

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My top 5 spices to add to the shrimp are:

  1. lemon pepper
  2. coriander
  3. dill weed
  4. garlic salt
  5. red pepper flakes

These spices really bring out the flavor of the shrimp to me.  After I sauté them I add a little bit of lemon juice.

You can eat them plain, add them to salad, cut them up and have tacos. etc. I love to just eat them plain with some veggies and or a salad.

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I keep the bag in the refrigerator and it takes me a whole five minutes to have a delicious protein.

Okay… so for my 6 pictures today… I did some cleaning around my back patio. After Easter was over and the girls “decorated” the whole back patio with sidewalk chalk, which they seem to turn into a powder and get it all of them and everywhere, I knew it had to be cleaned up. I loved the water mixing with the chalk.

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As I was spraying off all the chalk… my sidekick came out to play in the water.

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I love this picture… because it teaches us that whatever we touch we influence. It causes a “wave”. We can and must use our influence for good. And.. the most important influence I have is as a mother. I can teach and train and love. I hope with all my heart, that I can influence my children.

Yesterday I had an eye appointment. I knew from the last two eye appointments ( I was looking into lasik surgery) that I would have to get either glasses or contacts. My left eye has bad vision. Just my left eye. They both said that I was a good candidate, but having never worn glasses or contacts that I would start that route. My right eye is still 20/20 vision. The left eye would just need it, and then it would only correct the distance, making it clear and crisp. However, because of my age I would still be needing reading glasses very soon..within the next 5 years! I am getting and feeling so old!

I decided to go with contacts… and then get the reading glasses in the future. I got one contact for my left eye. I just can’t believe that I am almost 40 and just needing them. This is a blessing I know, but it is still hard to adjust too.

Maybe… I should just have got a patch for my left eye and become a pirate.

I decided to go with the contact… so that I could use both eyes to see and experience life in a crisper and clearer way!

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I also realized that I take my photos through the viewfinder of my camera with my left eye. I guess I need to see to take my photos! It is day two and the contact and me are getting along just fine. It was a little hard to get in this morning… but it is in and I can see! It will take about a full week to adjust to it.

I know that I have had many friends that don’t use shrimp a whole lot because they don’t know how to cook it or sauté it. But… it is really quite simple. Don’t be afraid. Don’t go missing something so wonderful!

Happy Tuesday!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Got the Monday Blues?? My Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake will definitely cheer you up! 

pasta bake

This past weekend was spent cleaning out my daughter’s room! Yes… my 13-year-old and 10-year-old daughters are hoarders, and its embarrassing. They seem to hold onto everything and do not clean or organize their rooms at all. They have so000 much trash and garbage everywhere. Therefore I decided that I needed to tackle their room and clean it for them. Yes… I am that kind of mom.

Friday and Saturday were spent deep cleaning, every drawer, nook, and cranny. Needless to say… it is now clean.  I am trying to teach them that everything in my home has a spot and a purpose. For example… pencils and glue sticks belong in the office. If they need one for homework, I have a homework station on the kitchen counter. They don’t need 5 glue sticks in their room. Not sure… why we hold onto things so much. chickenbake-misc-2

Over the weekend, we were able to get a lot of things done and organized. It really helped with starting off this week right!

MONDAY:

It was nice to meet you, but I am glad that you are over. No… it all reality it was a good day, but you know you have your day planned and little things just pop up out of nowhere that need getting done. Since the girls were inside all weekend (  I know they should have been outside) I needed to start my Monday off with vacuuming my two front rooms. As I began I smelled something… not good.

I love my Dyson vacuum. It still amazes me how much dirt it can get out of your carpets. I am one of those clean freaks… I vacuum my floors at least 3x a week.

Take into account 5 girls with long hair + 3x a week cleaning + months of vacuuming = hair that needs a cut!

I emptied the jar and spent the next 20-30  minutes cutting the hair off the bottom of the vacuum.

It was fun!

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hair

hair

Job well done! The vacuum doesn’t smell and it is hairless!

After thoroughly washing my hands… I went to juicing!

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My friends stopped by on Sunday… and you know friends are such a blessing. They bring such comfort and pure joy!

We had a nice visit and they brought me some oranges from their tree!

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I sat on the counter with my little buddy Jayd and we squeezed the oranges. We cut them, put them on the machine, and let it do its job.  We like little pulp, so we ended up with about 1 quart. I simply added some stevia in the raw.. and bam just like that the best tasting orange juice!

oranges

oranges

We even cut some up and enjoyed them as were juicing! The perfect little bonding time. I even saved one so that I can do a quick preschool craft with Jayd later.

After juicing… I went to cleaning out my fridge and menu planning. In the DR we bought a lot of ground up chicken, because it that is the way they have their meat. I usually don’t buy ground up chicken meat, but this past week my husband did a little bit of grocery shopping and so I had some in the freezer. I pulled it out and knew what I wanted to make for dinner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake.

Fast Forward to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Time to prep dinner.

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Pulled out the ground chicken, browned it up, and then I threw into a big bowl. I boiled some pasta and then I added it to the bowl with some ham, cheese, and some pasta sauce.

Since I started this lifestyle change… I don’t usually have milk. Most casserole recipes call for heaving whipping cream, or milk. I choose a sugar-free tomato pasta sauce that took its place. It will have not the same consistency but it still was great!

This meal was served with a salad. It has always been one of my favorites… Chicken Cordon Bleu.

pasta bake

pasta bake

Here is the recipe…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • cooked chopped ham
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • 1-2 cups spaghetti sauce ( sugar free)
  • 8 oz rotini- cooked and drained (gluten free)

Instructions

  1. Brown your chicken. Drain.
  2. Add it to a big bowl.
  3. Cook your pasta. Drain.
  4. Add it to the big bowl.
  5. Add the ham, parmesan cheese, and pasta sauce. Mix to combine.
  6. In a 9x9 dish, layer 1/ 2 the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Then layer 4 slices of the swiss cheese over the top.
  8. Then dump the rest of the pasta mixture on top of the cheese.
  9. Layer the last 4 slices of cheese on top.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/01/chicken-cordon-blue-pasta-bake/

pasta bake

Such cheesy goodness! I simply love swiss cheese!

pasta bake

This is a simple recipe… I am sure you can add more sauce to your bake if it is too dry.

My girls are always asking for pasta and this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake hit the spot!

My love for Chicken Cordon Bleu is such a true one!

pasta bake

pasta bake

Ohhh and this past weekend I hit up Ross Dress for Less. I love that store! After cleaning up the back patio… due to me being gone the previous week… the girls played a lot outside and made it a mess (sidewalk chalk everywhere) I decided I wanted a new rug… and I found the perfect one!

This was something that brought color to my back patio!

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Ohhhh and of course them!

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jayd

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So yea… my weekend was literally cleaning and organizing. It felt so needed and good!

My Monday was a decent one despite the little interruptions and the Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake was a success!

I am not sure what the rest of the week will bring… but I am hoping for some good meals, sunshine, and my eyes behind the lens of my camera!

Happy Day!

Hearty Turkey Chili

Hearty Turkey Chili

Hearty Turkey Chili. This recipe is all natural, no preservatives, freshness you can’t beat, and perfect for those chili cook offs. Top it with some Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Cheese and you will win the blue ribbon first prize! 

hearty turkey chili

Last nights dinner was this Hearty Turkey Chili. It was full of fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and spices, and lean ground turkey. It was topped with the most delicious Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Jack. I am trying to cut out on dairy, so I didn’t have any sour cream on it, but I was taught you can put plain non fat yogurt on this turkey chili. It turned out very delicious!

This past few days here in Arizona it has finally started to cool down.. like 10-15 degrees cooler. I was very excited to be able to make a chili for dinner.

I am in love with lean ground turkey. On my weight loss journey, turkey seemed to be the easiest to cook up and use most often in so many good recipes. hearty turkey chili

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Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef has the perfect flavor to enrich your burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and taco salads. Put it in the crock-pot the night before and it will be ready for your Mexican meal the next day. 

Mexican Shredded Beef

Today is May 5. Cinco de Mayo. It is also Taco Tuesday, so basically it is eating Mexican Food all day kind of day. I actually love… love… love… Mexican food!! It is by far my favorite choice. In keeping with the celebrating of the Mexican traditional food I am sharing our favorite recipe for Mexican Shredded Beef.  This is a great recipe that is easy, it takes 5 ingredients or less. It uses a crock-pot….so not as much work, and you can set it and forget it. This recipe is spiced with the just the right kick to make your Mexican meal stand out.

mexican beef

This is a chuck roast with spices and a beef Consommé. Do you know what that is??

Well…

Consomme  is basically a clear soup made with concentrated stock. Like Beef stock or chicken stock. I bought the can from the grocery store. You can find it by all the soups. It is a stock that flavors your meat.

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The beef consomme makes the roast tender and spicy.

Here is the recipe…

Mexican Shredded Beef

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 pound) chuck roast
  • 1 ( 10.5 ounce) can beef consommé
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 10-12 hours, or on high 6-8 hours until the meats shreds easily with a fork.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2015/05/mexican-shredded-beef/

***recipe adapted from 5 Ingredients or Less

mexican beef

mexican beef

This makes a great meal… but it also makes great leftovers. Save it for another meal later in the week. If you can’t get around to using it, freeze it.

mexican beef

You can use this Mexican Shredded Beef for Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Nachos, Taco Salad (my favorite)… you really could just eat it by itself with some Spanish Rice. Yes… it is versatile like that.

mexican beef

Hope your May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) is filled with lots of yumminess and great Mexican recipes. Our dinner tonight… will consist of Mexican Beef Shredded tacos. What will you be eating??

mexican beefThis recipe is a classic and be eaten any day of the year really… it is super good!

Enjoy this simple 5 ingredients or less meal!

mexican shredded beef