Roasted Acorn Squash with Kale Detox Salad

For my post-Easter weekend delicious foods detox, I made a roasted acorn squash for dinner plus a massive batch of a kale detox salad to take to lunch all week! I’ve never had acorn squash before but always wanted to try it, so I bought one spontaneously. For that, I cut it in half and then brushed olive oil on both halves, plus added salt and pepper to the outside flesh part. Then, I roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour.

For the salad, I combined a bunch of kale, green onions, about 10 Brussel sprouts, about 4 whole carrots, a head of broccoli and about 2/3 of a red cabbage. In the future, some dried fruit or nuts/seeds would be great, but just keeping it fresh and clean with only veggies right now. I simple tossed all of those together and then threw together a dressing made of pomegranate vinegar, oil, lemon juice and honey. It took forever to cut all that up but was worth it!

Spinach Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Decided to do some heavy fruit and veggie based breakfasts and lunches this week after a filling Easter weekend of delicious foods! For breakfasts this week, I made some green smoothies. All I did was blend 2 bananas, half a pineapple cored, about 2 cups of spinach, 1.5 cups of almond milk and some oats + flax seeds in a blender. Then I just separated it in to 4 jars and will stick them in my fridge for each morning that I get to work! Can’t wait!

Savory French Toast Grilled Cheese 

In honor of today being National Grilled Cheese, I decided to copy this idea of a savory herb French toast grilled cheese:

http://www.wisconsincheesetalk.com/2011/04/04/savory-herb-french-toast-grilled-cheese-sandwich/

I basically used the same idea, but used paprika, basil and oregano for my herbs. I used Sara Lee artesano bakery bread because it is so nice and thick and fluffy! Finally, for the filling, I put some cheddar and havarti cheese on one slice and also spread some chunky guacamole on the other slice.

All in all, I have to say it was a winner grilled cheese sandwich! Te savory French toast was perfect!! (Ps–some nice red sauce zoodles paired really well with the grilled cheese)


Hard Cider Braised Turkey Thighs

I bought a beautiful pale yellow Dutch oven recently and was so excited at the thought of using it, so I googled recipes for cooking with a dutch oven and came across this angry orchard braised turkey thighs with green apples dish… How could I pass it up? Anyway,
Here’s the recipe:

https://steelehousekitchen.com/hard-cider-braised-turkey-thighs-and-apples

I enjoyed it, however it was a lot of work cutting the turkey off the turkey thigh bones so next time I will probably just go boneless!

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Had some friends over for dinner tonight and my sister was craving some chicken pot pie, so we made everyone this chicken pot pie casserole dish. It was a good dish to make because I made the chicken & veggie filling ahead of time and then just baked the crusts and veggies quickly tonight, so it was easy to throw together after preparing the filling in advance. Speaking of the filling, I used corn instead of carrots and it worked very nicely!

http://cincyshopper.com/chicken-pot-pie-casserole/