Savory chicken sausage butternut squash bowls

This is a delicious and healthy dinner option. It’s gluten-free, high in protein, and packed with flavor. This recipe combines butternut squash bowls with savory chicken sausage, zucchini, tomato sauce, and Italian spices. 

Hi friends! How’s the day going? I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the booty workout! I had a lot of fun putting it together. I used to dread leg day, and now in a weird way, I look forward to it.  

I did the workout at the gym yesterday morning, and also taught barre last night. I had 4 instructor friends in hot barre, so I felt like I had to up my game a little haha. When it was over, I was drenched in sweat, and I only did like 2/3 of the workout because I was coaching. 

Barre feet

Barre, I love you.

Since I was teaching late. I wanted to make sure that dinner was ready to go. I had some time to hit up Trader Joe’s for the essentials, and planned a couple of easy dinners based on what was there. When I saw the butternut squash bowls, I knew they were destined for something delicious.

Trader Joe's Butternut squash bowls

Now if only they could have these things all year…  

Butternut squash bowls

Here’s a quick how-to for a super easy and delicious weeknight recipe:

Healthy stuffed butternut squash bowls with protein

So you start off with 2 butternut squash boats. If your store doesn’t have them, no worries, just peel a butternut squash and chop it in half, closer to the round part. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds to make the bowl. For the longer part of the butternut squash, you can slice it in half. Steam slightly in the microwave (I just cover it in a wet paper towel) so you can scoop out some of the inner part to fill.

Next, make the filling! You can use whatever you like, but here’s what went in our mix:

1 sweet onion, diced

1 packed of organic chicken sausage, diced

3 cloves of garlic, mixed

1 small can of diced tomatoes or marinara sauce

2 zucchini, diced

2 handfuls of arugula

1/2 teaspoon each of basil, oregano and rosemary

I sautéed the mixture on the stovetop in a little olive oil, and seasoned well with salt and pepper. I scooped the filling into the squash bowls and topped with manchego cheese before baking for 30 minutes at 350. Since the Pilot is on the squash-hating team, I left his filling separate, and he and Liv had theirs over pasta with salads.

Super easy, and so delicious!! Even better with a little wine. 🙂

Today has been a a fun and busy day. 

We went to Target for trash bags, 

Most expensive trash bags

(you can see how that all worked out)

I had a periodontist appt (total picnic),

and I ended up decorating for Christmas. I didn’t drag our tree out, but everything else is up. (All the usual decor is in this post! While I was looking through pics, I came across this post, which made me miss our Tucson house. It also made me not miss my mom haircut.) The only new addition is this cute little table setting, all from this morning’s Target blitz. 

Table goodies

(The table runner needs a little ironing love, but it will have to wait until tonight.)

I wasn’t planning on decorating at all, knowing that it will all be packed up soon, but when I told Liv we probably weren’t decorating, I could tell she was a little bummed. She was so sweet about it (“It’s ok mom, we can decorate next year”) that I wanted to surprise her with some holiday cheer. When she came home from school, she literally gasped with delight and gave me the hugest hug. That alone was worth dragging a few boxes out of storage.

Well, it’s time to freshen up the ol’ playlist and teach spin. Hope you have a wonderful night!

Do you have an awesome stuffed squash or stuffed bell pepper recipe? What’s your favorite holiday decoration?

Mine are these Santa and Mrs. Claus figurines that my nana gave me from the ‘50s. They still have the price tags on the bottom and were 5 cents each. They’re treasures. 

Decor

xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. I can totally feel related with that Target situation lol. The recipe looks delicious!

  2. Love the decorations! I am currently growing out my mom hair cut. Haha.

  3. We never actually make it out of target with only what we need, ever. Especially once we hit the kids clothing section, it’s all over.

  4. I haven’t seen those butternut squash bowls at TJ’s. I’m loving the butternut squash and sweet potato “fries” they have though. May need to swing by there for these bowls. I love anything butternut squash

  5. Gotta love TJs offering so many time saving things like these bowls! Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Why oh why is Target so good at making us overspend? I swear after baby number two I’ve spent so much more than ever in that store. Oh, and I always forget what I came in there for
    Even when I have a list.

    • Fitnessista says:

      right?? it’s crazy! it’s also way worse after P was born. i only needed trash bags today and forgot what i was there for the second i walked in the door

  7. O I miss Target!

    That was not a bad haircut!

  8. Oh my gosh! I did not see those bowls at TJs last yesterday! YUM YUM! I always think about my client who refuses to go to Trader Joes because it’s 10 minutes out of her way, man she is missing out!

  9. I had the same issue with my trip to Whole Foods this morning… How in the world did all these things get in my cart?!

    So glad you made Liv’s day with the Xmas decorations!! Always worth the effort! 🙂

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