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Category: Dinner Ideas

Roasted Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Gratin

This weekend was quite lovely.  I was lucky enough to spend time with some ladies I am truly grateful for!  The fall season and holidays always leave me so misty with reflection.  I talk about my girlfriends all the time, but I don’t always get to spend one-one time with them, which is different.  We all get busy– kids, work, life, and it just makes it a little hard to be consistent with visits.  Especially if you don’t live in the same town.  But, we did it.  We all got together, ate great food, drank wine and went to the movies, all NINE of us!! Amazing! Big shout out to you ladies, and thanks for moments like yesterday and today, that are just good for the soul.  In the month all about giving thanks, I am thankful for you all.  And for those fellas making it possible to get a night away, best dads around!!  I am also pretty excited to share with anyone needing a last minute side for Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal, today’s recipe! This vegetable dish is the…

Cranberry Cornbread

November, you snuck up on me.  Every year November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Time to bring awareness to a disease that effects so many.  As a diabetes educator, I work with folks who have diabetes most of the days I am at work, and they are amazing.  Diabetes has so many layers to it.  We talk about self-care all the time, but then you throw in self-managing a disease.  It can be overwhelming.  I think a common misconception is also that this disease defines a person.  I hear people all the time say “I am a diabetic” nope, you are a person “with diabetes.” A very wise mentor of mine, reminded me of this very early in my training and it is so true.  You have diabetes, it is not something you are, it does not define you and it definitely does not need to hold you back!   Those with diabetes out there, if you are feeling like you need more support in managing your diabetes, I encourage you to reach out, ask to speak with your diabetes educator or seek counseling and…

Sheet Pan Dinners- Meatloaf

Deciding what to make for dinner can be a challenge.  I am always trying to make the process easier on myself, and my husband, who does all the dishes.  Sheet pan dinners are great, they are quick and easy to clean up.  My husband really likes meatloaf, but traditional meatloaf can take awhile to make.  Plus, then you’ve got to make the sides.  I found making this comfort food favorite into a sheet pan dinner can speed up the cooking time and tastes just as good. I start by cutting up my red potatoes into bite size pieces, buying precut green beans and lining my sheet pan(s) with parchment paper or foil.  Spray pans with oil if using foil, then add my veggies and drizzle them with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  NOTE: if you want your green beans on the less cooked side (ours turn out crispy and browned), then add your green beans after 20 minutes of cooking your potato/meatloaf, so they aren’t as cooked.  For the meatloaf,  I mix all the ingredients in a bowl and free form the…

Pumpkin Chili

Did someone ask for more pumpkin recipes?  Oh thank goodness, because we’ve got another one today.  This pumpkin recipe is a more savory one. Pumpkin chili.  The pumpkin in this dish is very subtle. It really just adds a nice texture to your traditional chili, is loaded with fiber and provides some fun nutrients given its vibrant color.  I am a big fan of chili because it is so simple and in this recipe I used the slow cooker to make it even easier.   You probably notice in most recipes were ground meat and a slow cooker are involved, it calls for browning the meat first.  There is some debate about this but I agree with the browning method.  Not only does it create a layer of flavor for the meat, but with beef it helps remove some of the fat that could cause an undesirable greasiness to your dish.  Also, and more importantly, browning it first, helps keep your dish safe.  Some slow cookers don’t get your raw ground meat to the desired temperature (140F) fast enough, to keep harmful bacteria at bay.  You could…

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Highlighting another squash this week!  I am done crying about my child’s sleeping issues and ready to talk food!!  Butternut squash! I say it every year, but I do love all the fall foods.  I love they way your house smells when you are roasting or baking with all these great flavors.  This dish has so many layers of flavor.  Massaged kale is back and we are pairing it with roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese and dried cranberries!! So many wonderful fall flavors.  Plus I have included a maple dijon dressing that rounds it all out.  If kale isn’t your thing, you can substitute with spinach or arugula,  just skip the massaging part of the prep. As part of our meal prep, I love roasting all kinds of vegetables and using them throughout the week.  Roasted veggies can be used it in salads, as the base for a beautifully fried egg and some can even be used in a sweet dish like a yogurt parfait or oatmeal.  I happen to love roasted butternut squash with vanilla yogurt, granola, that is drizzled with a little honey…