Squash and Zucchini Recipes:
A New Twist
Squash and zucchini recipes are not just for dinner. Try squash for breakfast too!
Breakfast Squash and
Don't Knock it Till You Try It
Breakfast Acorn Squash
always have to look like breakfast. I
don't know about you but I get real tired of cereal, oatmeal, pancakes,
waffles, french toast, etc. It's the
same thing over and over again but with a different twist. And if you are like me, dairy is an
issue. Yogurt doesn't work well with my
digestive system - so that's out. And I
can only have so many smoothies - that gets old after a while too.
So in order to
change things up a bit I started incorporating a lot more veggies with my
breakfast. I made a zucchini pie, a
vegetable egg platter and sometimes I'll scramble leftover veggies in my eggs. But today, I decided to try something
completely new by using squash and zucchini recipes.
And my husband LOVED
it. I LOVVVVVVED it even more. Plus it met my
requirements for healthy recipes on a budget!!
- It had about 5 ingredients
- Took less than 20
minutes from prep to table.
- Cost less than $5
for the meal.
- And it looked
I may not dress to impress.....but I do cook to impress!!!
Total Cost - $4.32 for 2 servings
- 1 acorn squash
- 4 slices of Canadian
bacon, diced or 1 cup of ground sausage, turkey sausage, beef, chicken or turkey ( I used Canadian bacon but it would have been cheaper to use ground meat)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tomato, chopped (optional)
- 1-2 TBSP. olive oil
or coconut oil or cooking spray
- 2 eggs
Part of learning to
cook fast is knowing how to use your time…..cook smarter….not longer!!
- Start with cutting
the acorn squash in half and spooning out the seeds.
- You can roast the
squash but it may take 20-30 minutes for it to even be soft enough to eat so I
put the squash in a microwave safe dish and added a bit of water on the bottom
to create steam then microwaved it for about 9-10 minutes.
- While the squash is
in the microwave start chopping your tomato, onion and preparing your ground
meat or canadian ham. I used canadian
ham so all I had to do was chop it.
- If you are going to
use a ground meat - you will have to brown it while your squash is in the
- As the ground meat
is browning, add the onion and saute until the onion is translucent and the
- When the squash is
done in the microwave - the inside of the squash ( the meaty part) should be
- Brush with a little
olive oil, butter or coconut oil.
- Sprinkle with some
salt, pepper and any other spice you like.
I used Cumin.
- Transfer squash to
the broiler in the oven on a low setting and be sure to watch it. You want it to brown on the top of the squash
but not BURN!!
- When the meat/onion
mixture is close to done then add the chopped tomato and toss.
- Set aside.
- Remove the squash
from the broiler (hopefully you have been watching it!!)
- Fill the acorn
squash with the meat mixture.
- Then quickly make
your sunny side up egg (I made mine over medium because I don't like the yolk
that runny - but my husband does).
the egg on top of the acorn squash.
This is one of my
FAVORITE squash and zucchini recipes….ever!!
Plus, this is easy
to make ahead of time. All you have to
do is have the squash roasted and done.
The meat mixture can be made ahead of time too. Then in the morning heat up the squash and
meat mixture in the microwave or the oven….make your egg and place on top. Done!!!
You can fill the
squash with ANYTHING.
- Ground meat and low
- Corn and beans
- Rice and beans
- Maybe you have
leftover sauteed veggies - you can use that.
Feel free to
experiment…..you really can't go wrong!!
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