This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
I never quite know how my little one is going to feel about dinner. Don’t get me wrong, she has quite an adventurous palate. Like most kids, she can be fickle. She can love something one day and hate it the next. She can also determine that dinner is “just OK”. That is the kiss of death. It means she does not really like it, and she will not eat it. Oh, how I hate hearing those two words. She does happen to be quite a connoisseur of cheese enchiladas, and always seems to be in the mood for one. I’ve been toying with the idea of making enchiladas for a while. The only way I was going to make it was to add nutrition. I was pretty sure that would lead to the dreaded “just OK” description. So I decided to totally throw her off-balance and make my own take on an enchilada.
I decided to start with lean ground beef. Let’s get some lean protein into the dish. Lean ground beef is actually an excellent source of protein. I used one pound which would correlate to four 3 oz. servings, the proper serving size for protein. You can read all about the healthy nutrition in beef here. I thought about adding some type of grain, but acorn squash is quite high in carbohydrates so I opted for black beans. They would give us additional protein and fiber. I added some enchilada sauce and a little more spice and my filling was set. With a quick cook in the microwave, my acorn squash were ready to be stuffed. After that I popped them in the oven for a few minutes to let the flavors mingle. I was done in 30 minutes.
I had the beef and bean mixture simmering on the stove when my little one arrived home from school. She immediately wanted to know what smelled so good. I told her it was a beef enchilada mixture that I was going to stuff acorn squash with. Of course, her first comment was “I don’t like acorn squash!”. “Oh yes you do” I reminded her. She looked suspiciously at the beef mixture and asked to try it. Why not I thought? Let’s just get this over with and see if she likes it. I put some on a spoon and she sniffed it wearily. She took the teeny tiniest little bite while I held my breath. She swallowed the teeny bite and then ate the rest off the spoon. I managed to grab the spoon before she helped herself to another big spoonful. “I take it, you like it.” I said. “It’s delicious, can I eat it now?” She asked. This was a very promising start on dinner. She can think about how much she enjoyed it until dinner and eat it in the acorn squash. This is a full meal in one squash.
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