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 stuffed butternut squash bowl recipe uses pre-prepped squash bowls to save on time and stuffs them 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.

Stuffed Butternut Squash Bowls

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



Butternut Squash Bowls with Chicken Sausage


  • Butternut squash bowls from Trader Joe’s (or a whole butternut squash)
  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. If using a whole butternut squash, peel and cut in half, close to the round end.
  3. Scoop out the seeds from the round end to make a bowl.
  4. Cut the long end in half and steam slightly in the microwave (I just cover mine with a wet paper towel) to soften it up.
  5. Scoop out some of the inner squash to make long squash bowls.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion until translucent.
  7. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  8. the rest of the ingredients and sauté until zucchini softens.
  9. Scoop the filling into the squash bowls and top with manchego cheese.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.

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

Holiday Decorating

Today has been a a fun and busy day. 

We went to Target for trash bags

loaded Target shopping cart

(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. 




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  1. Nathaly @Nathycure on November 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      hahah it’s out of control. thank you!

  2. Cassie on November 30, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      haha. i always want to cut it, but the second i do, i pray for it to grow back quickly

  3. Lorna on November 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    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.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      right? the clothes get me every time

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    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

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      same- i was so excited to see them! they’re always coming out with amazing products

  5. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on November 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      yes, such an awesome time-saver!

  6. Karla on November 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    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 on November 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      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. Bethany on November 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    O I miss Target!

    That was not a bad haircut!

  8. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

    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. Tracy on December 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

    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! 🙂

  10. B.J. Keeton on December 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Oh, man, why have we never tried butternut squash bowls? My wife and I tend to do CSAs which are FULL of butternuts. But we just slice them and use them in other recipes. We don’t tend to use them as vessels. We sure will now!

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