Even though we may be spending more around the holiday season, saving money is always a good idea any day of the year, so #SundaySupper is here with a menu of Budget-Friendly Meals to help ease the pinch on your wallet. I’ve stuffed the meaty, saucy, cheesy goodness of your favorite Italian comfort food recipe into a healthier and veggie-packed dinner of Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash.
Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash
Have you guys discovered the service at your grocery store where they will shop for you? Oh my goodness, game changer. I was totally against this for the longest time. I wanted to look at my meat, feel my fruits and veggies, the whole nine yards. Plus when I first tried it, I think it took me three times as long to place my order (their app was kind of glitchy), nevermind having to go and pick it up and haul it out to my car.
But at the grocery store near my house now, get this, you place the order, drive up, hit a button outside, and they come and load it in your car. Swipe the credit card and you are done! Now I know this seems counterintuitive to a post about budget-friendly meals, since it is a service you pay for and all, but I think it really does save me money. First of all, since I do still like to see my meat, I tend to buy that in bulk either at my warehouse club or when it goes on sale at the store, and I make a trip myself. When you buy meat in bulk, it’s usually at a lower price. It’s easier to stick to my list since I am not in the store giving in to impulse buys. And I don’t use the service all the time. Most of the time I still go to the store, and then I just wait for an email to come along that waives the fee if you place a $50 or $100 grocery order.
If I have a particularly crazy week, it does save me some time to be able to “do my grocery shopping” late at night from my couch and just pick it up when I am out and about doing drop offs, pick ups, or errands the next day. And the sanity I save by not having to drag two kids through the grocery store… priceless!
And I know what I’ll be putting on my next grocery order. The ingredients to make this again…
You guys, I might have eaten this Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner two days in a row. Now I know for many people the pasta is the comfort food element of lasagna, but I’m all about the meat and cheese. This recipe has that all stuffed into a bowl you can eat. And that bowl is a vegetable! Total winner. That means your protein and your veggies all in one dish, plus it’s an inexpensive meal to make, and doesn’t take a ton of time or effort.
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- 2 small acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- half of a medium onion
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 cup tomato sauce, plus additional for serving if desired
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil; set aside.
- Brush each squash cut half with ¼ teaspoon olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the squash cut side down until tender, about 20-25 minutes.
- While the squash is baking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and ground beef, season with salt and pepper, brown the ground beef, breaking up as it cooks.
- Darin any excess grease, then stir in the tomato sauce and cook until heated through.
- Remove the squash from the oven and flip them over. Place a quarter cup of ricotta cheese in the bottom of each of the squash. Divide the meat mixture between the squash and top each with a quarter cup of mozzarella and about a teaspoon of parmesan cheese.
- Return squash to the oven and baked for about another ten minutes until the squash is tender and the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
Here are a few more of my favorite frugal recipes…
- Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Frittata
- Semi-Homemade Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
- Slow-Cooker Steak Pizzaiola
And the rest of the #SundaySupper Budget Friendly feast…
Bean and Bacon Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mexican Turkey Bean Soup by What Smells So Good?
Pasta e Fagioli by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Turkey and Dumpling Soup by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup by Pancake Warriors
Black Bean and Bell Pepper Quesadillas by My San Francisco Kitchen
Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs by Feeding Big
Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchiladas by The Freshman Cook
Chicken Piccata by Monica’s Table
Chicken Tetrazzini by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs by Life Tastes Good
Dutch Baby Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
Easy Cheesy Egg Breakfast Bake with Potatoes and Sausage by From Gate to Plate [or breakfast]
Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Egyptian Rice and Lentils by Wholistic Woman
French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potato by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Gnocchi with Fennel and Pork by Caroline’s Cooking
Italian Baked Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Orzo with Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
Sauteed Vegetables by Party Food and Entertaining
Turkey Sausage and Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Bar by Momma’s Meals
Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fried Noodles) by Curious Cuisinere
And more saving suggestions from the Sunday Supper Movement:
Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas for #SundaySupper