The humble banana remains one of the most highly consumed fresh fruit in America. This is likely due to its versatility as a topping or ingredient, easy to unwrap package/easy-to-peel skin and mere convenience. Research shows Americans are choosing bananas (and berries) as their preferred morning breakfast fruit.
Confession: I rarely consume the recommended 2 servings of fish per week (8-12oz). This isn’t because I don’t like fish. On the contrary, I adore fish and most types of seafood including scallops, crab, and lobster! And all through pregnancy I have been dreaming of some really good sushi!! But, when you live with a spouse who dislikes, no, abhors any and all seafood, including it into the meal plan is quite challenging. But, I learned in those early months as a newlywed I can either view the glass as half full or empty. Right?!
What are you taking to the Memorial Day BBQ?! It is estimated that 75% of us are going to be firing up our grills for a festive afternoon celebration with friends and family! Don’t get ‘stuck’ bringing the chips, a heavy side dish or just another pie to load up the already full dessert table. Instead, bring a dish you feel good about eating and sharing with the people you love!
When was the last time you walked into the house exhausted at dinner time, and the thought of cooking was as appealing as going to your nephew’s drum recital? That was me tonight! Some of my friends jokingly call themselves “hangry”… but it is not really a joke, right?! We all need a few easy meals in our arsenal that we can cook up quickly and require little effort.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” After busy days of shopping, preparing, partying and merriment, there are those nights when you just want to get cozy on the couch, stare into a blazing fire and enjoy a steaming hot bowl of comfort food. Call me a crazy romantic, but this is what I dream of! After our busy weekend hunting for our voluptuous Fraser Fir Christmas tree, (we call her “Daphne”) and then decorating her until she glowed and sparkled, along with volunteering, housework, grocery shopping and food prep, I was ready for a relaxed evening with a few of my favorite things like yoga pants, snuggling, a warm fire, chili and a favorite Christmas movie (mine is White Christmas with Bing Crosby…absolutely love!!). If you need some inspiration for some yummy comfort food, I have a stellar recipe!
Finding an easy, flavorful weeknight meal is like scoring a goal on the soccer field- you feel amazing and maybe even a bit relieved, the team cheers and shouts your praise and everyone reaps the benefits of a job well done. This recipe scores on simplicity, flavor and all-around good eats!
With only 6 ingredients (plus, salt and pepper), you can prep all of your ingredients in only 10 minutes and then slide into the oven to allow the roasting process to marry all the robust flavors. Simple, scrumptious, and satisfying…this recipe has the perfect balance of flavors including tangy, slightly sweet, savory and salty…all in one bite.
Butternut squash is the perfect fall vegetable to grab on your next trip to the market. It is a mix between the flavors of yellow summer squash and the sweet starchiness of sweet potatoes. To prepare it, all you need is a vegetable peeler, a good, sharp knife and firm cutting board. This quick how-to video will show you how to clean and cut butternut squash to remove any trepidation. Don’t be intimidated- you can do it! However, if you want to save yourself some time, you can purchase cubed butternut squash at the grocery store.
Ideally, the size of the cubed squash will be similar to the brussel sprout halves so they cook at about the same rate. If you have had some bad experiences with poorly cooked brussel sprouts in the past or simply have been timid to try them, this is a great recipe to put their flavor to the test. Roasting always brings out their sweet nuttiness and calms the sulfur flavor notes.
Clean up is a cinch- dirty dishes are kept to a minimum as it is all cooked on 1 pan, and if you line it with foil, there is no need to wash it! Even better, you can feed your family of 4 all for about $10! If you are on the hunt for a delicious meal your whole family will love, this one is definitely worth a try, and I bet will be added to your meal rotation.
One Pan Fall Vegetables and Chicken Sausage
12 oz Apple Chicken Sausage (like Al Fresco or Trader Joe’s brand)
4 cups Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
16oz fresh Brussel sprouts, cleaned and halved
2 TB spicy or deli mustard
1TB olive oil
1 TB pure maple syrup (or honey)
½-¾ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare brussel sprouts by washing, chopping off ends and cutting in half; place in a large bowl along with the cubed butternut squash. Add the olive oil, maple syrup or honey, spicy mustard, salt and pepper and combine well. Place the vegetables on a large sheet pan, lined with foil and sprayed with oil. Roast in the oven on 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and toss veggies so they can brown on both sides. Then, snuggle in the pieces of chicken sausage and return pan to oven for 10-15 minutes for the veggies and sausages to lightly brown and caramelize. Remove from oven and serve.
Serving Size: Makes 4 servings
Tips and Suggestions
Serve with spicy mustard on the side, if desired.
Alternative vegetables could be used (if preferred), like sweet potatoes or acorn squash instead of butternut squash.
Make sure to spray the pan well with oil spray to ensure the vegetables do not stick.
Different flavors of chicken sausage can be used. Choose one your family will love!
Nutrition per Serving
Total Fat 12g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Tis’ the season for pumpkin! This quintessential food of Autumn delights our taste buds and is incorporated into a variety of recipes and cuisine throughout the fall- pies, breads, muffins, cheesecake, soups, pasta, …, even lattes, smoothies, and cocktails! For many, pumpkin ignites feelings of warm cheer on cool evenings and ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’! Pumpkin boasts some enticing nutritional benefits too!