Hello there friends!

Happy Wednesday! How’s your morning going so far? It’s starting to feel more and more winter-y here lately, especially since we turned the clocks back on the weekend for daylight savings time. I’m all for an extra hour of sleep, but it feels so late when I walk out of work in the dark! Anyone up for a blogger meet-up somewhere sunny and warm? 😉

Over to usual Wednesday programming, let’s chat about new things tried this Tuesday!

1. Recipe of the Week: You know how sometimes people buy silly things that they don’t need, just because they’re on sale? Like when a big sign above a shelf of Costco-sized bottles of shampoo says ‘buy one get one free’, and you go ahead and buy two, simply because you’re getting one free? Never mind the fact that you know you’ll probably be sick of said shampoo before you use half of the first bottle.

Or when you go to Bulk Barn a few days after Halloween because you know all of the Halloween candy will be on sale and you think you can never have to much candy corn… but at the same time, you try to forget that said candy corn has been sitting in its bulk bin since Bulk Barn prematurely began displaying it at the end of August, making us aware that Halloween was ‘just around the corner’?

buttercup squash

For the record, I can’t stand candy corn… but you’ll see where I’m going with this in a second.

hollowed buttercup squash

Just like compulsive shampoo buyers and candy corn junkies go weak at the knees when presented with a bargain on their vices, I just can’t help myself when squash goes on sale. Is it just me? Wait, don’t answer that. It probably is. But I’m cool with that, because it means whenever I go to the grocery store after learning from store flyers that squash is on sale, I’ll never have to worry about them running out of stock. Well, until today I suppose because I’m about to share a recipe with you that’ll have you flocking to your nearest squash selling establishment so you can get in on the fun too.

roasted buttercup squash

After having stuffed pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken, it’s only natural that I’d think to stuff a squash. But what with? With greatness, of course. The flavours of celery, onion, dried cranberries, mushrooms and sage flavour the ground turkey in this recipe, which gets stuffed into the squash and creates all sorts of magic inside.

Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Buttercup Squash

The result is Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Buttercup Squash, a recipe which is made even more amazing due to the fact that the squash is your bowl, so there’s barely any clean-up required.

Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Buttercup Squash

Just promise me one thing… if you take the last squash at the grocery store, be sure to invite me over for dinner, mmkay?

2. Simply Protein Chips. I’ve featured The Simply Bar several times on the blog, and in case you’re new or not familiar with the brand, the bars are gluten-free, vegan, high in protein, and very low in fat and sugar. The Simply Bar has added yet another product to the line, and that’s Simply Protein Chips, which come in chilli and herb flavours. Last week I received a few samples and yesterday I took the chilli flavoured ones to work for my afternoon snack.

simply protein chips

Like the original product, Simply Bars, these chips boast some impressive nutrition facts:

  • Less than 10 ingredients
  • 1 bag contains 15g protein, which comes from vegan-friendly pea protein.
  • Nothing artificial – the 2g of sugar come from natural cane sugar, rather than artificial sources.
  • No preservatives
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free
  • Kosher and vegan-friendly

This is what they look like:

simply protein chips

And how do the chips rank taste-wise? Not bad, not bad at all! The chilli flavour wasn’t flaming, in fact, I could have done with a little more heat. They had a good crunch and were nice and crispy, and certainly not greasy like your average Lays or Ruffles chip.

If you’ve got a habit of late night junk food snacking (and I know I certainly did prior to shedding all of the weight I lost), or if you’re trying to kick the night time snacking habit all together, I think Simply Protein Chips are a very worthy alternative. In addition to their clean ingredients, they come in snack-sized bags (think portion control) and actually provide your body with protein (which helps build muscle) rather than empty, greasy calories that make you feel like crap. I’m not suggesting that you eat them at every single meal because we all know that too much of anything isn’t good for us, but for an easy portable snack, they’ve earned my stamp of approval.

So tell me…

  • Are you a former late night snacker that has kicked the habit? What foods did you crave, and did you replace them with healthier alternatives?
  • Did you try anything new this Tuesday?

Have a lovely day friends, and I’ll see ya back here on Friday!