Fast Food: Sweet Pork Patties, Mashed Butternut Squash & Broccoli

Fast, delicious and healthy…this is what we are all striving for. Well, maybe not all of us; some of you have the flexibility to take your time in the kitchen, and that is a truly wonderful gift. But for many, fast food is a reality and the goal is to make it delicious for your mind, body and tastebuds.

This dinner meal nailed it, and I can proudly tell you that with this recipe I won the “Dinner Wars”! That’s right, I made it to the final round and won it all! Okay, okay, so Dinner Wars is not the newest TV cooking show, it is a game my kiddos made up at dinner. In this picture Sara, one of the Dinner Wars’ judges, is very carefully tasting her meal ready to provide her critique of the meal.

IMG_8986I may not have won a TV cooking show, but I did receive this compliment, “this is the best dinner ever Mom”, which is, hands down, one of the greatest things this Mom could hear.

The bonus to this meal? It was created on a whim, with the somewhat random foods we had available upon returning from vacation and was ready in 30 minutes. I credit my ability to whip up a healthy and quick meal to the diligent meal planning I do 95% of the time. It is rare that I don’t have a meal plan for the week. Without organized meal planning and routine grocery shopping I wouldn’t have had healthy and unprocessed foods in the fridge and freezer, ready to cook.

If you aren’t fluent in meal planning, don’t miss our next free class! Meal Planning Like A Pro will teach you this essential healthy cooking skill.

Happy Cooking


Sweet Pork Patties, Mashed Butternut Squash & Broccoli

Serving Size: Makes 4-6 servings


    Roasted & Mashed Butternut Squash
  • 1 small-medium sized butternut squash
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter (grass-fed preferred) or Earth Balance soy free buttery spread (dairy-free option) or unrefined coconut oil (another dairy-free option)
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Hunter Pumpkin Pie Spice blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup (optional)
  • Sweet Pork Burgers
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound organic ground pork (you could use any ground meat or poultry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (this sweet spice makes these "sweet")
  • Broccoli
  • 4 cups frozen organic broccoli (we love the frozen broccoli found at CostCo)
  • OR 2-3 bundles fresh broccoli


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Carefully slice butternut squash in half. Scoop out the seeds, place squash on a baking sheet and put in the oven.
  3. Mince the garlic and onion for the burgers. Place in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the ground meat, nutmeg and salt to the ground meat. Mix together and form patties.
  5. Warm a skillet over medium to medium high heat. Swirl the pan with oil to keep the burgers from sticking.
  6. Gently place the patties in the skillet. Cook about 5 minutes on each side. The burgers will be done when the patty is firm and the juices run clear.
  7. While the burgers are cooking, steam the broccoli in the microwave. If you prefer to steam over boiling water, that is also fine.
  8. Get a stand mixer or hand mixer ready to mash the squash.
  9. Remove the squash from the oven when the flesh of the squash is soft, no longer firm when poked with a fork.
  10. Scoop the squash out of its the skin and place in the mixer bowl.
  11. Mash the squash with butter, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add a bit of maple syrup to taste.
  12. Serve the burgers with mashed squash and broccoli. We ended up spreading the squash on the burgers and it was great!



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