Autumn Pasta with Squash, Smoked Cheddar & Kale Walnut Pesto

Autumn Pasta with Squash, Smoked Cheddar & Kale Walnut Pesto

Fall is here, and with that comes a new crop of local produce!  One of the best examples this time of year is squash of all shapes and sizes, flavors and textures. They are all delicious, but I decided to use butternut squash for this recipe because it is especially flavorful and has a slightly sweet taste.  I added red onions and hearty kale and a smoked cheddar cheese to this pasta dish. The kale, walnut pesto adds extra flavor and the pomegranate seeds add a refreshing zing. Here is what you need…
Grain Bowl with White Beans, Vegetables & Avocado Cream

Grain Bowl with White Beans, Vegetables & Avocado Cream

I am sure you have heard of a "Grain Bowl" by now because they are all the rage on instagram and in cooking magazines. But if by chance you haven't, they are a mix of healthy ingredients all in one bowl, with grains being one of the ingredients. The other ingredients should add flavor and texture and also a protein of sort. This can all be pulled together with a dressing or sauce of some kind. The herbs and spices you use can give it an Asian, Latin, Italian or Mediterranean flair.  So…
Sweet Peppers with Brown Rice Stuffing & Feta Cheese

Sweet Peppers with Brown Rice Stuffing & Feta Cheese

I love roasted sweet peppers, and stuffing them with a brown rice filling makes them that much better! These stuffed peppers are really easy to prepare and make a nice meatless meal for vegetarians. Ingredients: 1 cup of brown rice (cooked according to directions) 10 - 12 mini sweet peppers 1 - 2 shallots (finely chopped) 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes (sliced in half) 2 TB. of fresh parsley (minced) 8 - 10 olives 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning salt & pepper to taste 1/4 cup of feta cheese crumbles 1/4 cup of…
Penne Pasta with Vegetables & Chickpea Meatballs

Penne Pasta with Vegetables & Chickpea Meatballs

When I make pasta for dinner (which my husband loves) I always try to make it extra healthy by squeezing in as many vegetables as I possibly can. Basically this is just a simple penne pasta with a store bought marinara sauce, but the addition of lots of vegetables and the chickpea "meatballs" makes it a colorful & healthy vegetarian entree. Ingredients: 4 - 5 cups of cooked pasta 2 - 3 cups of marinara sauce (your favorite brand) 5 - 6 cups of mixed cut-up vegetables (I used broccolini, cherry tomatoes, red…
Stir Fry Vegetables with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Stir Fry Vegetables with Ginger Peanut Sauce

A vegetable Stir Fry is a great way to eat lots of healthy vegetables, and it is really easy to make too. The key is to cook the vegetables quickly over high heat but not to overcook them. You want to keep them bright & colorful and crunchy in texture. Ideally you would use a wok pan due to the shape of it, which allows for ideal cooking - but if you don't have a wok, a large heavy duty skillet will do. Some of the vegetables that are traditionally used in stir…