In early September, I visited a small Italian cafe for lunch. They had a pumpkin ravioli and butternut squash salad on special that I tried and loved! The salad came topped with cold ravioli, and a mixed berry vinaigrette on the side. I loved all the fall flavors, and the colors reminded me of the holidays. This months recipe redux theme was to create “naturally-colored/naturally-dyed holiday fare.” When I recreated this holiday butternut pecan salad with berry vinaigrette, I knew it was perfect for the redux! Continue reading →
During football season, I am always challenged to come up with indulgent, cheesy finger foods that have a healthy twist. I find that trying to make a snack healthy by reducing fat or other indulgent flavors usually makes it less exciting. Instead I focus on adding something to the dish to make it more nutritious. I use creamy butternut squash in this queso dip to add body and color, and mix in spicy chipotles and melty cheese to make it fun! Try my chipotle butternut squash queso for your next game day! Continue reading →
Last year for Christmas, I asked for a set of ravioli stamps. The filling options with ravioli are endless, which gives me ample opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! Well, as luck turns out it took me a whole year to get around to trying them out. This butternut squash and toasted pecan whole wheat ravioli is wholesome and healthy way to start off your new year! Continue reading →
Pie for dinner. Is that not the best idea you have ever heard? This savory pie is so full of flavor, you’ll want to eat the whole thing! The best part, its also healthy. The butternut squash and smoked gouda pie is made with whole grains, nuts for protein, and packed full of seasonal veggies. Continue reading →
When I first came across the idea of peanut stew, I did not like the sounds of it. Peanuts will get soggy when they’re stewed, and that texture might be weird. They are great made into butter, however. The creamy butter from the peanuts is the star in this dish, not stewed peanuts. Don’t be afraid! Continue reading →
Butternut squash soup is so creamy and smooth. It’s a big bowl of warm and cozy that is comforting as the cold weather starts to creep in. This butternut squash soup has a twist from the original. It’s infused with Thai flavors that make it even more rich and special. And a little bit spicy, because that’s how I roll…!