Baked Creamy Stuffed Acorn Squash

For dinner tonight I bought an acorn squash, and I have officially discovered what is now one of my top 5 favorite meals! To start, I based my dinner off of this recipe:

https://www.myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/creamy-parmesan-baked-acorn-squash

I baked my squash at 375 for 35 minutes with just some olive oil, pepper, salt and a splash of heavy cream sprinkled with Italian seasoning inside of it. Then while that was cooking, I sautéed some kale, cherry tomatoes, cream cheese and heavy cream together and set it aside. After the 35 minutes, I took the squash out and put the creamy kale/tomato mixture inside the squash halves and then sprinkled everything with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and put it back in to bake at 375 for 10 more minutes. After it cooled off, I was surprised with an incredibly delicious and tasty meal!

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Potato Lasagna

I have a handful of potatoes leftover from when I made the gnocchi, so I googled ideas for recipes for potatoes and was excited to try this one:

https://tasty.co/recipe/potato-lasagna

I mixed it up quite a bit though and used Muenster cheese and Mortadella (Italian bologna) only because I found them really cheap at my local grocery store! I also made a ricotta and parsley mixture to put in between the layers as well on top of all the Muenster cheese pieces. I loved my variation a lot and was glad to find this recipe idea. Someday would like to try the other lasagna recipes from Tasty linked on the page as well!

Hint of Lime Chip Encrusted Chicken

For dinner tonight, I created something I have been waiting forever to do! I have had a couple of hint of lime chips left in the bottom of the bag for a while and have been saving them to try out this concept:

https://www.foodiecrush.com/potato-chip-crusted-chicken-breasts-recipe/

I followed the steps of this but of course used a different type of chip. I loved the idea of slicing the chicken in half lengthwise though so that it made two chicken breasts. For my side, I sautéed kale with some onions, grape tomatoes, broccoli, chives and roasted chickpeas. Definitely a delicious dinner!

Homemade Gnocchi with Baked Turkey Meatballs

Today I had a friend in town from Austria who also loved to cook, so I wanted us to make a delicious dinner together! I am subscribed to this blog and receive emails, and once I received this one a couple weeks ago I knew that this was the one! It was a really easy looking homemade gnocchi recipe that I wasn’t afraid of giving a try:

https://pinchofyum.com/how-to-make-homemade-gnocchi

And coincidentally a couple of days after she sent out the gnocchi recipe, she sent out this baked meatball recipe, so I added a pound of turkey to the cart to make these as well with the gnocchi:

https://pinchofyum.com/best-anytime-baked-chicken-meatballs

The meatballs took all of 5 minutes to make, but I cooked them a tad long and next time need to do 23-25 minutes. The gnocchi was incredibly easy! I don’t know much about cooking gnocchi, but it was really sticky so maybe it needed more flour? I would definitely make it again though to keep practicing and get better at it! It was still great for the first time though and was fun to make with a friend!

Smoked Salmon with Mango Salsa

Today, my dad and I made this smoked salmon recipe:

https://heygrillhey.com/cedar-plank-salmon-mango-salsa/#wprm-recipe-container-3539

This is the third recipe (I believe) we have made from this blog, and all three have been absolutely amazing! This salmon and the mango salsa were one of the best versions I’ve ever had of smoked salmon. Definitely a keeper that we will have to make regularly on weekends during the summer!

Zucchini Lasagna

For dinner this week, I decided to make this zucchini lasagna recipe:

https://www.skinnytaste.com/zucchini-lasagna/

The only thing I changed was that I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I also think I could have made another row of zucchini, so next time instead of getting 3 zucchini I think I need to get 4. I love the idea of grilling the zucchini though before putting it all together! It tasted great too… didn’t even notice the absence of noodles!

Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Low Carb Bread

When my brother was here this week, he bought a handful of chickpea cans to make dinners with, but then he got sick so I’m left with a bunch of chickpea cans I get to use up! For dinner tonight, I really wanted to try this chickpea salad recipe:

https://minimalistbaker.com/chickpea-sunflower-sandwich/

And for the bread, I have been wanting to try this since I received a Kirbie’s Cravings (awesome food blog) email this week:

https://kirbiecravings.com/2018/03/microwave-low-carb-bread-grilled-cheese.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+KirbieCravings+%28Kirbie+Cravings%29

Both recipes were awesome in my opinion!! I really want to make the chickpea salad again in bulk so that I can eat it throughout the week for lunch. It was so tasty and I’m glad I found the recipe!