Butternut squash + turkey hash

Butternut squash for 59 cents at Aldi?! Clearly, fall is here!

Butternut squash + turkey hash


  • butternut squash
  • ~3 oz lean ground turkey (mine is 93/7)
  • oil (I used both EVOO and canola)
  • onion
  • spinach
  • cinnamon, salt, any other seasonings optional
  1. Cut butternut squash into large chunks and microwave face down with a small amount of water to steam. I overcooked mine…best idea is to do it for 4-5 minutes so it’s not completely cooked, then cut into bite-size chunks.
  2. Coat a pan with EVOO on medium heat, sauteeing diced onion and butternut squash until the onion is mostly translucent.
  3. Add the rest of your oil (here’s where I used canola), throw in the turkey (crumbled up) and spinach until the turkey is cooked through and the spinach is wilted.
  4. Turn heat up to medium to crisp it up a little and add a couple big shakes of cinnamon and salt to taste.

Happy fall! :)

Salmon rosti

I have a GIANT bag of potatoes in my kitchen that I’m trying to keep from going bad. I love shredding them for hash browns and just frying a couple eggs to go on top, but that meal is starting to get boring, so tonight for dinner I decided to mix it up…

Salmon rosti (fish cakes)

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  • about 1/3 cup of canned salmon (mine is wild pink salmon)
  • 1 cup shredded potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • Dijon mustard, salt, pepper
  • oil or fat of choice (I used canola oil with a pat of butter)
  • ketchup (optional)
  1. In a bowl, mix the potatoes and salmon together and crack in an egg to bind the whole thing into a batter.
  2. Add in a generous squirt of Dijon and salt and pepper (you can err on the side of seasoning too little because you can always add more when it’s cooked).
  3. Heat a pan on medium and add in oil/butter, then add potato/salmon/egg mixture.
  4. Let it cook until edges are browned and you can flip it in small sections to create several little cakes.
  5. Once the other side is browned, you’re good to go!
  6. Serve with ketchup if you want. I also steamed some broccoli on the side and added salt and pepper to everything.

Dijon bacon + beans

I make a huge pot of dried beans every week to eat in my lunches and dinners. Endless possibilities, but sometimes I get in a rut and just eat the beans straight along with corn tortillas (another staple for me). Today, since I’m off from work, I stepped up my game a little…

Dijon bacon + beans


  • 1/2 cup cooked pinto beans (I used cooked dried ones but canned are fine)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp of crumbled or chopped bacon (probably equivalent of 1 strip)
  • Dijon mustard
  • 2 corn tortillas (optional)
  1. Microwave or heat in a pan: beans, spinach and bacon.
  2. Add in a squirt of Dijon and heat again til warm. Stir it all together.
  3. Serve with corn tortillas on the side!

Super, super easy and tasty. Another great idea would be to add a little brown sugar or maple syrup to make these more “baked beans” flavor. The bacon I used was already crumbled so it had a little brown sugar in it. And while I am an advocate of bacon in everything, it can easily be left out if you don’t eat or like bacon!

Coconut mug cake + PB “frosting”

I’ve been super into “cake in a mug” recipes lately. It’s easy, quick, microwaveable and it means there’s no way I’ll accidentally eat a whole cake! Plus, since I don’t really eat gluten anymore, I don’t think a whole gluten-free cake would be that appealing. So I give you tonight’s creation…

Coconut mug cake + PB “frosting”


  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • shake of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • couple splashes of almond milk
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp cream cheese
  • spoonful of maple syrup
  1. Mix coconut flour, sugar, baking powder, egg and milk in a small bowl.
  2. Grease or spray a small mug or jar and pour batter in. Microwave on full power for about 1:30-2:00.
  3. Slide it out of container and onto a plate–there’s your cake part!
  4. In a separate container, mix the peanut butter, cream cheese and maple syrup. You could also use Greek yogurt! That’s your frosting. :)

Zucchini pancake + eggs

Came home from work feeling super hungry and very unmotivated to cook. I even told my dad on the phone that I thought making eggs sounded like too much work! He asked if I had any zucchini, which I did. I’ve been eating it raw all week (it’s one of the veggies that makes me gag if I eat too much of it raw). His suggestion…

Zucchini Pancake + Eggs


  • zucchini (I used about 2/3 of a normal-sized one)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 T flour (I used gluten-free, but normal works fine too!)
  • salt, pepper
  • baking powder
  • oil or butter (or both)
  1. Grate zucchini into a bowl (probably about 2/3 cup, but any amount will do.)
  2. Add salt, pepper, a small amount (1/2 tsp?) baking powder, ONE of the eggs, and the flour. Stir into a batter.
  3. Pour a small amount of oil or butter into the pan (I used canola to coat the pan and a pat of butter for flavor). Add zucchini pancake batter. Cook on medium-high. Edges will start to brown.
  4. Eventually, once it’s solid enough that you can run your spatula under the edges, flip one end of the pancake onto the other — like folding an omelet. In the empty space, add another pat of butter and crack in your second egg. Let both cook on medium heat until done.
  5. Pop ’em onto a plate, add ketchup or whatever…and eat!

Ideally, I would have added in some Romano or Parmesan cheese to the pancake batter, but I didn’t have any. Cheddar or a strong cheese would be great too, or even Gruyere…but let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got money for that. ;)