Easy Baked Acorn Squash

Here is a simple recipe for baked acorn squash that is Whole30, Paleo and well just good for you food.  It is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and Bmagnesium, and manganese.  It is versatile as well.  You can bake it, stuff it or throw it on the bbq.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_squash

Wash the outside of the squash then cut in half and scoop out the seeds.  You can save the seeds for later to plant after the first frost if you wish to grow your own. I decided to slice mine and bake them vs stuffing them this time but it is so easy to use as a side dish or main if you wish to stuff them with sausage and sage.

Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and place slices on pan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder,  Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt, pepper and fresh or dried sage.  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                                               Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 cup = 82 calories

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Grilled Artichokes with Anchovy Mayo

Day 2 of ” Giadas Italy” cookbook.  Let me tell you these are DELICIOUS!! and so easy to make.  Trim up the artichokes, cutting off the sharp edges and slicing in half.  Scoop out the furry choke center.DSC_0686

Cook in white wine, rosemary, salt, water and fresh lemon juice until tender; around 10-15 minutes.  Drain on a rack.

Preheat bbq on medium to high heat.  Salt and olive oil the artichokes


Grill for 4 minutes on each side to sear.DSC_0691

Serve with anchovy mayonnaise. DSC_0695

I had already prepared WHOLE30 mayo and added anchovy paste, dijon mustard, olive oil, minced garlic and fresh mint. ENJOY 😉

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Meal Plans for 1-Chicken Week


Eating healthy for one is not a challenge if you plan your meals. Please send me some feedback on this post if you have time. Hope this lightens and brightens your week

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Sunday prep for the week –

BBQ 3 chicken breasts (12 oz) on medium heat, seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and pepper drizzled with light olive oil. Cool and shred. This is the staple for the week.

Prepare pesto. I adapted from @paleorunningmommas recipe by adding more spinach than basil and it is delicious and so easy to make! Look for the recipe : http://www.paleorunningmomma.com

Monday – Chicken Pesto Taco.

Mix 2 oz shredded chicken with a heaping scoop of pesto and mix together. Put in one Siete tortilla of choice, warm in pan with a little ghee. You can also use a little nutritional yeast on the outside of the tortilla for an extra crunch. Add minced red onion, cilantro and arugula for an extra peppery taste. Add lactose free sour cream and Tapitio if you like and grilled asparagus and roasted carrots to complete the meal.



Tuesday – Chicken Pesto Stuffed Potato.

I adapted from @Paleorunningmomma and used a yam but you can do a sweet potato or regular potato. Cooked potato in microwave for 5 or 6 minutes until tender. Cool a minute and slice down the middle. Add 2 Tbsp. ghee, salt and pepper to the potato. Add 2 oz chicken and pesto and mix together. Cook in the oven to heat chicken through and enjoy.


Wednesday – Chicken Salad.

2 oz chicken, 2 cups bibb lettuce; 2 sliced mushrooms, 2 Tbsp.diced red onion, 4 sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup sliced red bell pepper. Arrange with chicken in the middle with 1 tbsp. pesto and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar glaze.


Thursday – Chicken pesto pasta .

2 oz shredded chicken. Boil 3 oz. Banza Brand chickpea penne pasta for 9-11 minutes until al dente. Drain pasta reserving 1/4 cup. Return pasta to pan, add chicken, pesto and water and heat through. Serve with grilled brussel sprouts.

Friday – Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli rice.

2 oz chicken, 3 cups broccoli rice (Trader Joes) 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 cup chopped carrots,1 tbsp soy sauce,1/2 tsp garlic powder,1 tsp sesame seed,1 egg, 2 tbsp. amino acid (in place of soy sauce), 1/4 cup sliced green onion. Add sesame oil to heated pan and cook onion, carrots and broccoli rice. Mix in chicken and egg to pan stirring through until cooked. Sprinkle with sesame seed, green onion and amino acid. This is one of my favorites! Taste like fried rice without the calories.



Saturday – Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Pesto Chicken Pizza

1 Cauliflower pizza crust, 2 oz chicken, 2 tbsp. pesto, 2 Tbsp. diced red onion, sliced yellow cherry tomatoes, nutritional yeast. Spread pesto sauce on pizza crust, add onion and chicken and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Cook in 350 degree oven til heated through. Note – you can purchase already made crust or make your own. Send me a message and I will send recipe.


Taro Root

whole taro rootI was out with my girlfriend a few weeks ago and we ordered ahi tuna poke and it came with Taro Chips.  They were delicious and nutritious so I went in search of this root to try to make some things on my own. Below is an explanation of its benefits. You can use in place of potatoes and they are whole30 compliant (within limits).

Taro root contains a very significant amount of dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as high levels of vitamin A, C, E, vitamin B6, and folate, as well as magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and copper. The plant also provides some protein in your diet, but the amount is almost negligible.

I used my mandolin to make thin slices and lightly brushed extra virgin light olive oil on both sides and seasoned.  Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes turn over and bake another 10 minutes until they  get crispy. You can do several trays at a time and store for later.

Then I got creative and thought maybe I could make a mini open faced sandwich or a bite sized taco with them. OMG yummy! Use any kind of meat or fish or veggies to fill.

Taro root sandwich

  • one slice taro root
  • mustard
  • chicken, cubed
  • avocado slices
  • drizzle honey on the top
  • salt and pepper to taste

Taro Root Taco

  • Taro root chip
  • cubed chicken
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • tapitio

Chip variations

  • Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast on chips after brushing with olive oil
  • BBQ chips – brush on olive oil, sprinkle with chili powder, salt pepper and coconut palm sugar

Great snack alternatives or for lunch or dinner.  Enjoy!

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