Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Simple Dinner Recipe for 1, Please

I love being a wife.  I love cooking dinner for my husband and sitting down to enjoy it together.  It takes a lot of time and planning, but it is something I really do enjoy.  Unfortunately, we have only lived together for about 8 months of our 2 1/2 year marriage (another story for another day!)

During that time, we had a few of our "staple" dinners (chicken, turkey burgers, tacos..usually with a starch and veggie). The other days, I would try a new recipe or two.

However, my husband and I are apart for much of the year and I've grown accustomed to cooking for myself.  I still keep the same idea.  This is a very simple recipe that is filling and appropriate for anyone doing the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Sugar Detox, or Paleo (Score!)

A few notes:
I usually make a spaghetti squash and ground turkey on Sunday during my meal prep for the week, so I have it to grab and warm up quickly.  Otherwise, throw the spaghetti squash in the oven and unwind with a good book while it cooks :)  SO it will make extra, but I use it for lunch or other recipes for myself during the week.  If you don't like leftovers, well, only make about 1/4 lb of ground turkey...and I wouldn't say spaghetti squash is the best choice for ya!

Also, for the most part, it is better to steam veggies instead of boiling them. WHY?  Because most veggies have water-soluble vitamins...meaning they dissolve in water. So when you boil your veggies, they release all of their delicious nutrients into the water the longer they cook. Whoops! Steaming them is a much better option when you can!  You can use the microwave or stovetop.

Turkey Spaghetti Squash + Broccoli

1 lb Ground Turkey
1 Spaghetti Squash
1 Frozen Bag of Broccoli
Ghee (or Grass Fed Butter or Coconut Oil)
Sea Salt
+Any spices you enjoy on ground turkey

Cook the Spaghetti Squash{{ Great Resource }}
1. Preheat to 400 degrees
2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half from stem to tail.
3. Scoop out the seeds.
4. Place in a roasting pan (or really any pan!)
5. Add a little water if you want to help steam the squash.  The roasting will happen even if you omit this step :)
6.  Cook 30 - 45 minutes.  Use a fork to see how tender the skin is to determine if it is finished cooking.
7. Remove from oven and let cool.
8. Use a fork to remove the inside of the squash. Yum!
{Can hold for up to 1 week in the Refrigerator!}

Cook the ground turkey on the stovetop.  I sauté mine with a little coconut oil, depending on the fat content.  Add any spices to your ground turkey that you enjoy {i.e. chili powder, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, ...}  Since I had a higher quality ground turkey, it did not need any 'extras' :)

Steam the Broccoli. If you have frozen broccoli that can be steamed in the microwave, read the directions accordingly.  Otherwise, steam the broccoli on the stovetop or you can steam them in the microwave.

*Containers are based on the 21 Day Fix*
Serve yourself a green container of the Spaghetti Squash and top with a tsp of Ghee (or Grass Fed Butter or Coconut Oil) and some Sea Salt.  Top with 1 Red Container of the Ground Turkey.  Also give yourself a green container of the broccoli and top with a tsp of Ghee (or Grass Fed Butter or Coconut Oil).