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Just call me President Squash

More like President of the Squash fan club!

Over the last year I have become particularly found of the squash family….why I avoided it for so long beats me. I am consistently integrating spaghetti squash and acorn squash into my meal plan, but it was only recently that I gave their sister, butternut squash, a chance.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I’ve been making this recipe for awhile and wanted to share with you all! It is great for Fall, for those of you doing the 21 Day Fix and needing to get your green containers in, or anyone looking for a great addition to your table at Thanksgiving in a few weeks. You know why I love it? I kind of feel like I’m eating a carb (sweet potato), but I’m not! Trickery at its finest!

Here’s what you need:

-1 large butternut squash
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 1/2 tablespoons EVOO
-1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

To prepare, you first want to skin the squash. I cut the top and bottom off with a sharp knife, then I use a vegetable peeler to remove the rest of the skin. Rumor has it that Costco has butternut squash already peeled and cut up if you want to skip this step.

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Such a beautiful color!

After you have skinned the squash, preheat your oven. You can do this before if you want; honestly it does not matter. I also prepare my baking sheet at this time. I’ve found that I prefer lining the sheet with a piece of parchment paper as opposed to spraying it with a cooking spray.

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Make sure you scoop out the seeds….no one likes seeds with their squash…at least not in this case. Cut into chunks.

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After cutting up your squash, drizzle with the EVOO, Maple Syrup, and Cinnamon. Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. I rotated my baking sheet halfway through just to make sure everything was cooking evenly. Serve with whatever you want, and ENJOY!

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So tasty….and good for you!

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Something Old, Something New.

Another Monday is among us…..did you get your meal prep done so your week is a success???

I didn’t!

That’s right….my usual Sunday routine did not happen today. Mark your calendars, because that’s rare!

Since I will be out of town tomorrow and not returning until Tuesday night, I wanted to wait to do my meal prep until Wednesday, so my plan is a little off this week. My meal plan is always full of fresh meat and produce, and I didn’t want fresh items to sit around for two days for no reason. I’m ok with the change of plans….I know I will be making healthy choices while out of town, but I’m excited for the recipes I get to make when I get back home! This week is all about blending something old with something new!

My snacks are usually always the same….I love having my Shakeology at night, and having Nice Cream for my morning snack is a great way to make sure I am getting my fruits in every day (anyone else struggle with this…or just me?).

Things I am excited about this week:

Coconut Chicken! I love coconut anything, and when I stumbled across this baked chicken recipe I just had to try it. I’ll make sure to share the recipe once I can attest to whether or not it is as good as it looks!

Ahi Tuna! This week is all about new recipes…..and this marinated seared ahi tuna is another one. I’m making it as my main dinner this week, but I will be making fish tacos with it, too. And because I just love fall….I’m pairing the tuna with a maple cinnamon butternut squash recipe that is ah-mayyyyyyyy-zinngggggggg.

Fix Enchiladas! I haven’t made these since New Year’s Eve when I made them for my family. Mexican food is one of my true loves, so you will typically see at least one Mexican recipe on my meal plan!

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Other things I am excited for this week????

The sneak peek of Core de Force tomorrow! Anyone else trying this with me by using On Demand??????  Bring it, Joel and Jericho! I can’t wait to change up my training.

Annnddddddddddd…….

It’s Super Saturday week!

Super Saturday is a huge event that takes place quarterly for coaches and fitness lovers who get together, work out, learn about some exciting new updates/programs/etc, and network! I am honored to serve on the Market Council for the Cleveland Market, as well as being on the Star Diamond panel to answer your questions. There is a small fee for coaches, but the event is free for guests! Come join us! We will be sharing a big celebrity announcement for our January event, and everyone in attendance gets first dibs on tickets for it!

Get your Super Saturday tickets here!

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I hope your week is full of Sparkle!

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Squash the stereotype….Italians can survive without pasta!

Little Pop Quiz for Ya….

Q: What is the one food item that is the most difficult to give up when you are trying to eat healthy AND have Italian in your blood?

A: Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Don’t get me wrong….pasta isn’t entirely bad……especially when you eat the proper portions. However, what Italian do you know that actually eats the proper portion of lasagna, spaghetti, etc? I know I struggle with it.

Until Now!!!!

I found a way to disguise vegetables as lasagna!

It was a squash kind of week!

This week I made the most amazing lasagna that allowed me to have a pretty substantial portion. Since I am now obsessed with this recipe (I think I will be making it weekly), I had to share.

                                                      Katie’s Bombdiggity Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

         (I know what you are thinking….spaghetti squash, yeah right. Be openminded. Veggies are good for you!)

What you need:

-1 cup ricotta cheese
-2 1/2 cups of Italian turkey or chicken sausage ( I use the Fit and Active brand at Aldi’s)
-1 spaghetti squash (cooked)
-2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
-1 1/2 cups homemade tomato sauce (I use a family recipe or the one in the Fixate cookbook)

To cook the squash:

-I place mine on a cookie sheet and bake for about 55 minutes at 400 degrees. I literally do nothing to the squash other than plop it on the cookie sheet.

***Sidenote….Aldi’s presently has squash on sale for about $1.29 each! Stock up!

While squash is cooking:

-Brown the sausage (make sure to remove the casing….what a fun, slimy, gross job) and spray a casserole dish.

Once you remove the squash from the oven, set it to 375 (the temp for baking the lasagna). Cut the squash in half, remove those blasted seeds, and use a fork to remove the “spaghetti”.

Then break out your inner Italian and assemble the lasagna in the casserole dish as follows:

– Spoon about 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish
-Place spaghetti squash on top of sauce
-Add the sausage (make sure it is drained…no one likes that extra grease)
-Add 1/4 cup sauce, then 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese
-Spread ricotta
-Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella

Bake for about 15 minutes at 375.

So freaking good!

That’s it! Super easy, and it is absolutely delicious! You can change this up if you want…maybe you don’t want the meat; you can go without. Pair it with a nice salad, and your Italian heart can be happy.

21 Day Fixers, one portion of this is equivalent to ONE GREEN, ONE AND A HALF RED, HALF A BLUE, and ONE THIRD OF A PURPLE.

Don’t be a squash snob…..spaghetti squash is so versatile. And with this recipe the Italian in you doesn’t have to feel guilty about lasagna!

Enjoy, my fellow health conscientious Italians!

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