A delicious, simple, and healthy meal idea. Easy baked potatoes and pumpkin, served with roasted peppers and a fried egg. A very complete meal full of vegetables, protein, and healthy carbs.
Running out of meal ideas? Sometimes you don’t have to make a complicated dish to enjoy a healthy and delicious dinner. With a few ingredients from your pantry, you can improvise a delicious and healthy meal.
This recipe it’s really easy, you just need to peel and cut the veggies and place them in a cast iron skillet and bake them for about 25 minutes. You don’t have to be all the time in the kitchen watching the dish, just set an alarm to take the meal out of the oven when it’s ready.
For this delicious dish, you’ll need squash, potatoes, onions, roasted peppers ( roasted canned peppers), and some protein to serve a side such as eggs, ground beef, sausage…
TIPS for a healthy dinner without planning
Some tips on how you can prepare a very healthy dinner in a short time without having a weekly or meal plan
- Some basics in your pantry
To prepare a healthy dinner without planning, you need basics like Potatoes, eggs, onions, squash, tuna, and canned veggies. With these ingredients, you can prepare a healthy meal in a short time.
- Already cut veggies in the freezer.
When you do your monthly grocery shopping, don’t be afraid to buy a lot of veggies on the same day. Wash and cut peppers, zucchini, and onions and freeze them in zip-lock bags. That way you’ll have peeled and cut veggies to go. So you can prepare a meal in less time, you can add the veggies to a sauce, soup,rice..
Caramelized onions ready in the fridge.
Something I usually do a lot is buy 1 kg of onions and caramelize them. When I’ve some time to peel, cut, and caramelize the onion. I store them in a large jar and have caramelized onions for the entire week. You can add them to stir-fries, rice, pasta, hamburgers, etc. And they’re much better than the ones from the supermarket.
Canning food. For an express meal, you should always have on hand jars of roasted peppers, corn, lentils, chickpeas, tomato sauce … you’ll get a meal in short time
Look how easy is to bake this delicious potato and vegetable dish!
Easy baked potatoes and pumpkin-healthy meal
All the ingredients for these baked potatoes and pumpkin
- Potatoes. You’ll need about 3 large potatoes to make this dish. You can also use sweet potatoes or some “side potatoes” (the little ones).
- Pumpkin. I used half a pumpkin, but any type of pumpkin will do.
- Onion. You can use any kind of onion, purple, sweet… Sweet onions are best.
- Roasted Peppers. I used canned roasted peppers, but you can also use fresh red peppers and roast them in the oven.
- Spices (sweet paprika, oregano, rosemary, thyme…).
- Fried egg or meat to add some protein to the dinner.
Tip: Always keep jars of canned vegetables on hand to prepare a healthy meal in a short time.
Step by step to make these baked potatoes and pumpkin
The preparation of these roasted potatoes and pumpkins is very simple. First, peel the onion and cut it into thin slices. Peel the potatoes and the pumpkin and cut them into small cubes.
If you cut the squash and potatoes into small cubes, the cooking time will be much shorter. If you cut them into very large pieces, it’ll take longer.
When you’ve cut all the ingredients, heat the cast iron skillet, add some oil, and put the diced onions, potatoes, and squash.
Sprinkle the spices: a little salt, sweet paprika, oregano, thyme or rosemary… whatever you like. Stir a little and bake for 30 minutes or until you see that the potatoes are cooked. To check if the potatoes are done, you can pierce the largest piece of potato or squash. If you see that the potato crumbles a little and isn’t hard, it’s done.
To shorten the cooking time, you can sauté the potatoes and vegetables over high heat for a few minutes and then put the cast iron skillet in the oven. If you don’t want to turn on the oven, you can roast them in the stove (at medium temperature) for a while, but you’ve to control the cooking and be more careful than if you prepare them in the oven.
Can you freeze roasted potatoes and squash?
No. I don’t advise you to freeze baked vegetables and potatoes. If you want, you can freeze the raw (uncooked) squash cubes.
How can I replace the potatoes?
Yes, you can substitute them and use sweet potatoes
If you don’t want to roast the peppers in the oven, you can use canned roasted peppers. They’re very good and easy to find in the supermarket.
Can this dish be made without an oven?
Yes, you can roast the potatoes and squash over medium heat on the stove. To do this, you’ll need to control the cooking time and stir the potatoes and squash from time to time (so they’re cooked on all sides).
How many people is this recipe for?
This recipe is for 3-4 people more or less. If you want to prepare this recipe for more people, you can increase the amount of potatoes and vegetables.
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