Stuffed Acorn Squash

I don’t know about you but for me the month of January spells eating lots of leftover Christmas candy while trying to keep warm and not gain any more weight! No simple feat!

This recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash is a warm, winter dinner that’s low on calories and high on taste that hopefully helps you fulfill that goal!

I was a little dubious about stuffed acorn squash at first – it seems like quite a lot of effort for very little result and it all seems a little too healthy for me ūüėČ However, I was surprised by the delicious result and how simple it was to make!

You could probably use any large squash for this dish – but Captain America and I picked up this massive Acorn squash at Apple Hill and I decided to use it for a main dish rather than a smaller side dish. If you can only find smaller acorn squash at your grocery store or Farmer’s market then it would make a great side dish, or maybe use a whole squash per person for a main dish.

While researching “How to cook squash” I found this excellent post from one of my favorite cooking website The Kitchn – check this out for some basic tips on How to make stuffed roasted squash

Ingredients

1 acorn squash (or equivalent)
4 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1lb ground turkey
1 carrot, grated
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion salt
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 C breadcrumbs
1 C Grated Italian cheese
3/4 C pine nuts (optional)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the Acorn squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits. Place the squash halves cut-side-down in a baking dish and pour in enough hot water to fill the pan by about 1/4 inch. Cover the dish loosely with foil and place the dish in the oven.
  2. Roast the squash at 375F until very soft and tender when poked with a fork or paring knife, 30 to 50 minutes. Exact roasting time will depend on the size and variety of your squash.
  3. While the squash is roasting cook the ground turkey, onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot and seasonings in a pan until the turkey is fully cooked. When it is cooked remove the filling from the heat until the squash has finished roasting
  4. Flip the cooked squash halves so they form bowls. Rub the inside with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs, cheese and pine nuts to the filling.
  6. Divide the filling between the halves ‚ÄĒ it’s fine to really stuff the wells and also to mound the filling on top.
  7. Bake the stuffed squash halves until bubbly: Re-cover the pan with the foil and bake the halves for another 15 to 20 minutes until both are hot and bubbly. Top with extra cheese and serve immediately.

My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

I am a HUGE fan of pumpkin recipes! I cannot get enough!

 

Even after Halloween is over I still never get tired of Pumpkin recipes.

There are so many wonderful recipes out there to get you inspired and get your creative cooking juices flowing I wanted to find some of my favorite pumpkin recipes out there are compile them in one big round-up.

From Pumpkin Muffins, to Pumpkin Spice Latte’s, from Pumpkin Pie to Roast Pumpkin Risotto. I have brought together some of my favorite pumpkin recipes from The Pretty Pintastic Party and added them to one Pinterest board for you to savor over, get inspired and get cooking!

Many of the recipes are REALLY simple, and some take a little time and skill but hopefully there is something for everyone to enjoy, savor and have a go at!

You know you have leftover, half-carved pumpkins – don’t throw them away! Use them to create delicious recipes from the list of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

To make it easy for you and to make sure you don’t miss a single recipe I posted them all on this Pinterest board which you can view here and follow! Enjoy!

30 Sensational Summer Salads

Summer is in full swing, kids are on vacation, days are long, time is short and meals are aplenty!

Check out this round-up of 30 Sensational Summer Salads for all occasions to get your tastebuds and inspiration flowing!

Whether you need a salad for lunch or dinner, a side salad, or some great ideas for salads to serve at a summer BBQ or picnic there is one here for every occasion and every palate!

Here are some inspirational recipes so let’s get cooking!!

Entree Salad Dishes (Meat Free)

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts by Simply Fresh Dinners

Almond, Mango, Kale, Pasta, Green Bean Chopped Salad by Kitchen Chopper

 

Entree Salad Dishes with Meat/Poultry

 

Cobb Salad

Taco Salad

Warm Spinach Salad

Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Crab, Tangerine & Fresh Herb Salad by Simply Fresh Dinners

Southwestern Cornbread Salad by Recipes For Our Daily Bread

 

Side Salads

 

Traditional Coleslaw

Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw

Three Bean Salad

Simple Green Salad

Berry Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Roasted Corn Salad with Feta & Tomatoes by Coffee With Us 3

Cranberry Green Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Fresh Tomato & Feta Salad by Eat It & Say Yum

 

Potato & Pasta Salads

 

Cheesy Ranch Potato Salad by From That’s My Home

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by A Kitchen Hoor

Pasta Salad with Zing! by My Freshly Brewed Life

Healthy Potato Salad by Simply Fresh Dinners

Grandma’s Potato Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Summer Pasta Salad

 

Dessert Salads

 

Simple Fruit Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Pistachio Salad by Thrifty Treasures

Strawberry Pretzel Salad by Thrift Treasures

 

Salad Dressings

 

Greek Style Vinaigrette

Italian Balsamic Dressing

Ranch Dressing Mix

Celebrate 4th July Round-Up: Food

4th July is fast approaching and I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite holidays in style with a Celebrate 4th July Round-Up!

Yesterday I did a decor and crafts round up which you can find HERE

Today it is all about FOOD! You all know how much Captain America & I LOVE food, cooking and recipes so I am really excited by the ones featured here.

I also included a few of our personal favorites and for some more 4th July recipe inspiration check my Celebrate 4th July post from last year!

I am delighted to share these exceptional creations with you! They caught my eye from The Pretty Pintastic Party a link party I co-host every Friday 

Now onto the Round-Up:

Breakfast

 

Spirited Star Waffles by Kenarry

 

Burgers & Hot Dogs

 

1) Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs by Foody Schmoody

2) Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers by My Family Mealtime

3) Turkey Burgers by Captain America & His English Rose

4)¬†Chipotle Burger by A Mother’s Shadow

 

Meat & Grilling

 

1) Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers by The Housewife In Training Files

2) 3 Ingredient Pulled Pork by Mommy On Demand

3) Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs by Recipes For Your Daily Bread

4) Deviled Chicken Drumsticks by Living The Gourmet

 

Salads & Sides

 

1) Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

2) Italian Pasta Salad by Memories By The Mile

3) Tri-Color Pasta Salad by My Life Abundant

4) Best Ever Potato Salad by Delightful E Made

5) Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw by Captain America & His English Rose

6) Foil Roasted Potatoes by Captain America & His English Rose

7) Roasted Corn Salad by The Housewife In Training Files

 

Sweet Treats

 

1) Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration

2) Banana Cream Pie by Yesterfood

3) Red, White & Blue Cookie Stacks by Coffee With Us 3

4)¬†Banana Nut Butter Soft Serve by Raia’s Recipes

5) Apple & Ginger Pie by Living The Gourmet

6) Malted Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

7) Red, White & Blueberry Bowl by Meatloaf & Melodrama

8)¬†Marshmallow Treat Fruit Skewers by Melissa’s Cuisine

9) Star Chocolate Cupcakes by Sizzling Eats

 

Drinks

 

Captain America’s Iced Tea by Captain America & His English Rose

Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw

As you all know by now I am not a fan of boring salads!

We recently signed up to bring salad to a pot luck lunch so I decided to liven things up a little with coleslaw! No regular coleslaw for me – I made Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw.

I love this kind of slaw-one because it’s different and 2-because it looks fabulous! It’s bright, bold and different! I like to mix things up a little and think outside of the box.

I love coleslaw, and I always like experimenting! This is not Captain America’s realm at all-he looked at me blankly when we were grocery shopping and I asked him what other ingredients I could use! Usually he is a fountain of creativity-but coleslaw had him stumped!

I picked red cabbage and broccoli slaw because I love the crunch and color of the two together – add in the orange of the fresh carrots and we are ready to go!

Feel free to experiment with other ingredients-next time I think I will add some dried cranberries! Delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 red cabbage, diced

1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets

5 carrots, peeled and finely diced

For the dressing:

1/3 C fruit juice (any 100% juice will work)

1 tbsp garlic salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground mustard

2 tbsp chives

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp coriander

pinch of cayenne pepper

For serving:

sunflower seeds (optional)

Directions:

In a large measuring cup, add all the dressing ingredients and whisk together until there are no lumps. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add the onion, carrots, broccoli and red cabbage and stir together.

Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Right before serving, sprinkle over a few sunflower seeds for added crunch!

This is best made the day before you want to serve it

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Seeing as the weather is warming up in California we are heading into salad season.

Those of you who follow the blog will know that Captain America LOVES salad and could eat it everyday, I on the other hand, am not a huge fan of salad! Growing up in England we didn’t really eat salad in the colder months, we stick to hearty, warming dishes. Salad was reserved for warmer days-of which we got very few-hence my dislike with salad!

However, Tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads! I fell in love with it while I was in Israel many years ago-there is nothing quite like proper Arabic Tabbouleh!

Unfortunately, I never got the recipe, as I was too young to care at the time, so I have to rely on others I find on the Internet!

Quinoa Tabbouleh

We made this as a starter dish for our recent Christ In The Passover Meal at church and it went down a storm. We made it with quinoa-so it was Kosher! Unlike the traditional Tabbouleh which is made with Bulgar Wheat.

You could make this recipe with bulgar wheat, couscous or quinoa-all of them would be fabulous I’m sure. The joy of making this recipe, with quinoa, is that you will get your fill of protein and it is perfect for those of you who are gluten-intolerant too!

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All-Natural Guacamole

All-Natural Guacamole

All-Natural Guacamole is an amazing ingredient!

Eat it in burritos, on tacos, add it to salad or just munch on it with chips and salsa-All-Natural Guacamole is incredible ALL ways.

It is however very expensive to buy, often full of preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients-hence our All-Natural Guacamole.

The thing about making it yourself is that it can also be expensive, unless you find the ingredients on sale, the homemade version doesn’t keep very well as the avocado turns brown very quickly. It’s also hard to find a recipe that actually creates a delicious result!

We believe this IS THE recipe for All-Natural Guacamole that you have been searching for plus you know all the ingredients you are feeding your family!

Bear in mind, depending on the salsa you use, it may have added ingredients……unless you make your own or use a fresh one!

To preserve the freshness, make it as close to serving as possible and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you need to use it.

All-Natural Guacamole

Serve your All-Natural Guacamole with a simple Taco Salad or Steak Fajitas

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Fifteen Bean Soup

15 Bean Soup

Captain America made this soup – it’s one of his favorites.

If you are experiencing cold, wintry weather right now and are looking for a perfect, warming soup recipe then look no further – this is it! This is more like a stew than a soup – so it makes a great main meal too!

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Berry’s BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Berry's BBQ Beef Short Ribs

The Berry’s are some of the best cooks I know!

They are also really good friends of ours.  Matt and his wife Bethany have known Captain America for years.  Matt swears Captain America is the one who inspired him to start being creative.  Captain America swears Matt is a way better cook than him!

All I know is that every time they cook anything for us, I say “one day I will feature you on the blog….you can way out cook me!”

So here it is…..probably the first of many recipes from The Berry Family!

Matt is very creative with his cooking, he thinks about all of it, the taste, the look, the feel, the process.  I am way more haphazard, Captain America falls somewhere in the middle!

This recipe is not fast, or easy….but the results are well worth a little patience and love!

The Berry’s cooked this for our Married Couples Small Group at church….we don’t usually eat a meal together…this was a special occasion! ¬†We really, really enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

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Thanksgiving Round-Up: Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Round Up

I LOVE Thanksgiving! ¬†I know….there is a huge irony in that, being British and loving Thanksgiving!¬†

I love it for the time with family and friends, it’s a chance to get together with those you love from near and far and celebrate and be thankful. ¬†We all have so much to be thankful for, whether it has been a wonderful year or a difficult one – if we think for just a moment we can think of a hundred little things to be thankful for.

I love that each family has their traditions. ¬†I have been blessed to experience many different family traditions, especially as my first 5 years here where before I had a family of my own here, so I was always ‘adopted’ by a wonderful family, or friends and made to feel like I was a part of something. ¬†From Pumpkin Pie eaten first thing in the morning, to watching the latest movie release, to everyone round the table sharing what they are thankful for, to playing board games, to going to bed early to get up even earlier to go Black Friday shopping, to not sleeping at all and shopping ’til you drop, to avoiding shopping altogether, to gift giving ‘just because’, to family baking sessions, to putting up Christmas decorations…..it was all wonderful, and special and unique to that family. Continue reading