Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

As promised, here is a simple recipe with spaghetti squash. I made this for the girls’ lunch but had them taste test to make sure they like it. They loved it! The great thing about this recipe is that it is tasty both hot and cold which makes it a perfect school or work lunch idea. Enjoy!

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 handful of baby spinach
1/2 roasted spaghetti squash threads removed
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Sautéed the garlic in the butter and olive oil until it’s fragrant. Add the tomatoes, spinach, and oregano until the tomatoes blister, about 5 minutes. Add the spaghetti squash and cook until warmed through. Put in a bowl and sprinkle with the cheese.

To roast the squash, simply split it in half coat with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast on 400 for an hour.

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Fall is Here: Butternut Squash and Sausage Stew

 

 

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I had every intention to post three wonderful squash recipes that the world would be inspired to make. After posting a picture of my what I thought would turn out being chili on social media, I received requests for the recipe. So here is my one squash recipe for now. Look for more soon because I have to get rid of the acorn and spaghetti squash I have sitting in my kitchen.

This “stew” is so flavorful and filling. I made it in the crockpot so it cooked while I went on with my life. You can put the crockpot on while you sleep or while you are at work. Putting it on while I am at work makes me nervous as I am away for a good ten to eleven hours and fear that I am going to burn my apartment building down. Cooking while sleeping works out better for me. It’s your choice.

I also made cornbread with this meal and am giving my super simple recipe for that too. You will never need to make cornbread from a box ever again. It takes the same amount of time so make one from scratch. Really. For everyone who is already making their own, you will notice I don’t use butter in the batter. Try to breath. I add only two tablespoons of butter on top once it comes out of the oven versus the usual four tablespoons in the batter. It makes me feel better. Do what you will. Anything tastes better than than the boxed version.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped

10 baby carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 cups apple, peeled, cored and diced

2 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped

5 Italian sausage links, casings removed, cooked

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

10 ounces chicken broth

1/2 can light coconut milk

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained

Fresh sage leaves

Instructions

Make sure your sausage is fully cooked. Add all the ingredients in the crockpot, stir, and let it simmer on low for 4-6 hours. Add fresh sage and enjoy!

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Cast Iron Cornbread

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Ingredients

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons of butter, set aside until the cornbread is done

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, milk, and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the batter together until completely combined. Don’t over stir.

3. Grease a small cast iron skillet, pour the batter in the skillet, and bake until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and slather the butter on top while it’s hot. Serve warm. Leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

I hope you try this meal. If you do, let me know how you like it and how you made it your own.

Fall is Here: Breakfast Bread with Banana Pumpkin Apple and Zucchini

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I knew I wanted bread this week but I couldn’t make up my mind on the flavor. I thought about pumpkin banana bread but then I thought about apple cake. I mentioned it to the girls and they encouraged me to make two different breads but that thought exhausted me. The result of my cravings and the girls’ suggestion is my banana pumpkin apple zucchini bread.

You are scratching your head right now and thinking why so many flavors, Shelly. If you haven’t tried this, put it on your immediate to-do list. It tastes like zucchini bread with a hint of pumpkin. The chunks of apple are a sweet surprise; They give this bread more texture.

It simply doesn’t get any more fall than this yummy, yet wholesome bread. You can feel good about eating this as I substituted half of the usual amount of the butter with mashed bananas and Greek yogurt. Plus, it’s packed with yummy fruits and a veggie. Have a slice for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea, an afternoon snack, or with homemade whipped cream for dessert.

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  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 heaping teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups bread flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (totally optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar on high speed for 1 minute until well-combined.
  2. Add 2 eggs to the butter-sugar mixture and continue beating for another minute until creamy.
  3. Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and continue beating for about a minute.IMG_1114.JPG
  4. In a separate medium bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin spice. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and mix, using large spoon, just until combined. It’s ok if there are lumps.
  6. Fold in the apples, zucchini, and pecans (if using).
  7. Oil a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from pan after 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!
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The batter after all the ingredients were combined.

* I didn’t add pecans in the bread. I had leftover batter and added the pecans to that portion and made 6 muffins. Yummy!

The batter with pecans

The batter with pecans

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Fall is Here: Sausage and Lentil Soup

It’s officially soup season! Whenever the weather cools down, the girls and I incorporate our weekly Panera Bread visit. My favorite item on the menu is the creamy tomato soup. It’s always my go-to.

Another favorite soup is my super versatile sausage and lentil soup. I have a basic recipe, however, I don’t usually stick to it. I add different vegetables, depending on what’s in season and what I have left in my fridge. You can literally add pretty much any vegetable and know that it will turn out great. Another great thing about this soup is that it will be ready in 45 minutes and taste like it was simmering for hours. Shonn visited over the weekend and requested this soup to take back to school with him. He is going home with enough soup to get him through the week. Enjoy!

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After

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lb Italian sausage, casing removed

1 medium onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 cup mushrooms, rough chopped

2 large carrot sticks, chopped

1 small zucchini, chopped

4 cups of fresh spinach or 1 bunch of kale, chopped

1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups chicken broth

2 cups dry lentils

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon parsley

1 bay leaf

Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on soup

Directions:

Add the olive oil to a large pot. Brown the sausage. Add the onions, and celery and cook until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Add more salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add water, depending on the consistency. Take out the bay leaf before serving. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!