I love fresh produce. There is something about walking into a grocery store and surveying all of the yummy, crisp and bright fruits and vegetables. Often times I’ll have a list of things I know I need, but I leave the “produce” section of my list with a few T.B.D.spaces.
Obviously I like to go the store with a purpose…otherwise, I have a lot of fresh fruits vegetables that are not so appealing a week later. So I’ve kind of trained myself to only buy veggies for a week or so at a time. Meal planning has not been my forte in the past, but I have certainly gotten much better about it! I just think it’s fun to go in and see what looks fresh and imagine some delicious side dishes I can make or veggies I can throw into a main course to add some flavor and some color. Too much planning can be disappointing – sometimes the selection isn’t great or it’s completely out (I’ve had kale on my list multiple times and had to find a “plan B”).
Well, one of our absolute favorite side dishes (which is also incredibly WW friendly) involves a lot of vegetables! And cheese. And bacon. And butter. Okay, so I use the light versions of those three ingredients – but still, it’s amazing. These are also really easy to prepare ahead of time – and your guests (or spouse) will be thoroughly impressed with this fancy looking side dish!
Squash Boats (serves 4)
2 medium to large yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. fat-free shredded Cheddar
2 slices turkey bacon
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add squash. Cook 10-12 minutes.
Cut up your tomato, bell peppers and onion. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until ready to use.
Cook bacon until crisp. Crumble and set aside.
Heat your oven to 350.
Slice squash in half. You may need to let it cool so that you don’t burn your hands! Scoop out the “flesh” (aka seeds and string).
Set hollowed squash halves in a lightly greased baking dish.
Add crumbled bacon to vegetable mixture. (I just ended up using some Bacon Bits). Spoon mixture into squash halves and spray with some butter spray.
Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and boats are heated through.
You can easily adapt these – I leave cheese off one or two when my sister is dining with me. I’m sure you can add some other veggies and make them your own! I made some cold ones a while back with avocado, cucumber, tomato, onion and a lime vinaigrette!
These are SO good for you that you can even make this into just 2 servings…nothing wrong with eating your veggies!
Thanks for reading!