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Again getting back to my Polish roots with Galumpkis (aka-stuffed cabbage rolls for you non-Polacks out there) for dinner! Traditionally these are made pretty healthy, but I took it one step further and made them paleo. Absolutely delish!

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SAUCE
1⃣In a large sauce pan combine and simmer for 30min:
🔹1can tomato paste
🔹2cans diced tomatoes
🔹Italian herbs
🔹1T Garlic
🔹1/2c Chicken stock
🔹S&p
**I recommend doubling this if you like your galumpkis in a lot sauce, this amount just covered them, and was sufficient, but I would have liked more.**

CABBAGE
1⃣In a large pot fill 1/2-3/4 with water and being to a boil
2⃣Cut a square around the stem (so leaves will fall off when cooking, but not cutting the stem out) then stick large fork in the stem and submerge in water
3⃣As leaves fall off scoop them out and place them in a strainer to cool

MEAT
1⃣In a large pan cook:
🔹2lbs Ground turkey dark and light
🔹1lb Ground Italian chicken sausage
🔹1 Onion, diced
🔹2T Garlic, chopped
2⃣When meat is browned and onions are translucent, add in:
🔹1can diced tomatoes
🔹2T Italian herbs
3⃣Let the meat slightly cool then mix in 2 eggs

ASSEMBLY
1⃣In a layer a few ripped up leaves of cabbage covered in a thin layer of sauce
2⃣Fill cabbage leaves with 1/2c meat mixture and roll up
3⃣Place all cabbage rolls in pan then cover with remaining sauce
4⃣Cover pan and bake in 350F oven for 30-45min until cabbage is translucent and soft

My hubby loves burger and I hadn’t made any in a while so I decided to make this jalapeño burger pita for dinner. I had recently bought a bunch if different peppers from a local farmers market so it worked out perfectly! I just chopped a few of them with some other veg and seasonings and the taste was unreal! So delicious, he had 3, so ill call it a win! Served this with some garlic, roasted asparagus.

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1⃣Chop and sautée until just tender peppers of choice (ribs and seeds removed for less heat), I used:
🔹1 jalapeño
🔹1/4 green
🔹1 cherry bomb
🔹1 green cayenne
🔹1 banana
Plus:
🔹1/4 red onion
🔹1 celery stalk
🔹1T garlic
🔹S&p
🔹Garlic powder
🔹Crushed red pepper
🔹Paprika
🔹Cumin
🔹Cilantro
2⃣Let cool then mix with 2lbs organic, grass-fed beef plus 1 egg
3⃣Form into patties and season each side with s&p and spike seasoning. Cook on grill/griddle pan
4⃣Heat pita in microwave to soften and cut off top 1/4 to stuff. Stuff with toppings of choice, we used red lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onions and spicy brown mustard.
**Could also top with pepper jack cheese if you need cheese on a burger and sriracha for extra kick if desired**

This dinner was amazing! The flavor combination was so delicious. Italian herb meatballs with the garlic-y, herb-y goodness of the couscous… A clean, healthy balanced meal that was super easy to make!

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Meatballs
1⃣I didn’t measure but this is what I mixed with about 2lbs of ground beef:
🔹Italian dressing (1/4c?)
🔹Worcestershire (1/8c?)
🔹S&P
🔹Garlic
🔹Chopped onion
🔹2 eggs
🔹2 slices of whole wheat bread soaked in milk, then tore into small pieces
🔹Garlic powder
🔹Italian herb seasoning
🔹Hot sauce
🔹Crushed red pepper
2⃣Mix with hands then form into balls and place on greased baking sheet
3⃣Bake covered at 375F for 20min. Remove and uncover then bake an additional 20min

Couscous
1⃣Bring to boil
🔹1c water
🔹1T olive oil
2⃣Add in the following, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 min:
🔹2/3c couscous
🔹1T Italian herb seasoning
🔹S&P
🔹1/2t crushed red pepper
🔹1T garlic
🔹1t garlic powder
🔹Couple handfuls of spinach
🔹2 triangles of laughing cow garlic and herb cheese (optional)
3⃣Mix again after 5min and spinach has wilted

[Turkey Stuffed Butternut Squash]
I had a butternut squash to use up and had just bought some ground turkey. The combo seemed like it would work so I gave it a shot. Ugh. So good but all gone…boo 😪 I spiced it to be both sweet and savory with a kick! So yummy and so easy. It can also be a great make ahead meal, which I actually did. I prepared the butternut “boats” and put them in the refrigerator until just before dinner. Topped them with some Parmesan and baked them for about 15min to reheat and they came out so delicious!

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Turkey Stuffed Butternut Squash Boats
Squash
1⃣Cut a butternut squash in half and place in dish cut side down. Add 1/2″ water to bottom of baking dish and place in 350F oven for 30min
2⃣Remove and flip squash over. With a knife, cut a checkerboard pattern in the squash (like you would do to a mango or avocado) all the way through but careful not to pierce the skin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake an additional 15 min then remove and let cool. While cooling prepare meat mixture.
3⃣Once cooled enough to touch. Scrape out the diced pieces of squash with a spoon, making sure you are being careful not to break the skin. Set cubed squash aside.

Turkey Filling
1⃣Sautée veggies
🔹2 Celery stalks, diced
🔹 1 Onion, diced
🔹1T Garlic
🔹1/4c olive oil
2⃣Remove veggies and set aside with squash. Add 1 to 2lbs of ground turkey to pan, season with
🔹S&P
🔹Garlic powder
🔹Crushed red pepper
🔹Onion powder
🔹1 Chicken bullion cube
3⃣Once cooked add sautéed veggies, squash and 1 can diced tomatoes not drained (I used ones with diced jalapeños mixed in for extra heat)
4⃣Season mixture with
🔹1/8t ground allspice
🔹1/8t ground nutmeg
🔹1/4t ground cayenne red pepper
🔹1/4t chili powder
🔹1/4t cinnamon
🔹1/4t rosemary leaves
🔹1t cumin
5⃣Once mixture is heated through, scoop back into butternut skins, too with Parmesan and place under the broiler until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Butternut Boats
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Diced and scraped out squash cubes
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Sautéed veggies
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Meat mixture
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Stuffed boats
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This is my husband’s all-time favorite dinner. Last night I asked him what he wanted for dinner and of course, he chose sloppy joes. I can’t complain though because they are so delicious! I make my own sauce so I know exactly what I’m putting in it and add lots of cut up, sautéed veggies to the meat mixture. A little hot sauce on top and it’s the perfect combo of sweet and heat. Last night we had it on double protein bread, but today for lunch, I decided to put it on a homemade coconut protein tortilla. The two paired fabulously and I definitely recommend trying this one out!

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Sloppy Joe Mix
1⃣Chop veggies and sauté with olive oil, garlic powder and s&p
🔹1 zucchini
🔹1 onion
🔹1 green peeper
🔹1 jalapeño
🔹1T garlic, minced
🔹2 stalks of celery
2⃣Add ground turkey (I used 3 lbs) and brown, season with s&p, garlic powder and crushed red pepper
3⃣Add in
🔹Sautéed veggies
🔹1 large tomato, diced (or 1 can)
🔹1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
4⃣For the sauce, add to pan and stir
🔹1c ketchup
🔹1/3c mustard
🔹1/8c molasses
🔹Hot sauce as desired
**I don’t measure, I add and then taste as I go, I suggest you do the same. These were just guess measurements.**

Coconut Protein Tortilla
1⃣Mix in blender:
🔹2T coconut flour
🔹1/2T garden of life raw protein powder
🔹1t psyllium husk
🔹Pinch s&p
🔹1/4c almond milk
🔹2 egg white
🔹Herbs of choice
2⃣Pour into heated and greased (coconut oil) pan on low to med-low until you are able to shake the pan and it has released. Flip and brown the other side. Makes 1 tortilla