Dinner Tonight: Squash and Turkey Chili

turkey-chiliI woke up Saturday to fall-like weather and it instantly put me in the mood for cozy comfort foods like soup, chili and stews. The great thing about these types of foods is that they can be made in big batches and frozen for future quick and healthy meals. I know I am not alone when trying to balance work, kids’ homework and extracurricular activities; carving out a little time on the weekend to make a couple of big meals will save you some time and money when you are trying to figure out what to make after you have just spent 3 hours at an ice rink or a soccer pitch!

Batch cooking is basically preparing large quantities of foods at once, to be doled out over the days to come. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Squash and Turkey Chili”

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Dinner Tonight: Squash and Kale Quesadillas

butternut-squash-2While I was looking into healthy lunch ideas, I stumbled on a picture of a quesadilla that combined squash and kale with gooey cheese. I was hooked and made it last night. So simple and flavorful, this is an easy dinner that can also be reheated for lunch the next day.

Obviously, I love butternut squash, as can be seen in these recipes here, here, and here! Thankfully, my kids love butternut squash, too. This delicious, healthy and versatile vegetable has shown up in my organic bin almost every week for the last couple of months, so I need to keep finding new and interesting ways to serve it up. The best part is that I am enjoying locally grown veggies at their peak, in terms of both flavor and nutritional value. And that goes for the kale, too, which loves this colder weather! Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Squash and Kale Quesadillas”

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Dinner Tonight: Harvest Salad

butternut-squashFall is officially here. Which means pumpkins, squash and other seasonal gourds are in abundance. My favorite is the butternut squash. Like its name suggests, it has a creamy, nutty flavor. This salad combines butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, collards and hemp hearts for a hearty fall recipe that can be served as a side or on its own.

Not only is butternut squash tasty, it is also healthy, with plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and manganese. Its bright orange hue also signals high levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps ward off diseases while supporting a healthy immune system and glowing skin.

Pomegranates are a superfood and studies have shown positive effects in preventing tumor growth, as well cutting down the risk of breast cancer. Antioxidants in pomegranates can also help to reduce the effects of aging, lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Harvest Salad”

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