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Get cozy with butternut squash

One fall vegetable that people love to eat but hardly ever like to make on their own, because it can be difficult, is Butternut Squash. The skin on the butternut squash can be difficult to peel and the seeds and strings can be stubborn when you try to scoop them out. However, preparing butternut squash by yourself is rewarding in several ways. The meal becomes healthier, you enjoy it more since you put more hard work into making it and it saves you money!

Buying a butternut squash can save you a few dollars. A whole butternut squash can range from 23 cents to $1 per pound while the pre-cut butternut squash can be $3 to $5 per bag (usually 1 to 1.5 pounds in a bag). Sometimes the bags can add extra preservatives to make the squash last longer. Buying a whole, fresh butternut squash can eliminate some of those unwanted ingredients.

To help save you money and encourage you to make a homemade butternut squash meal, we have found a helpful trick! In two steps, the peel becomes easier to remove and the seeds and strong slip right out! All you have to do is stab the squash with a fork and then microwave it!  Click here for more instructions.

To get you into the kitchen and working with butternut squash, here are some delicious recipes for you to try out:

  1. Love chickpeas? Try out this Curry-Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Recipe.
  2. Crispy Butternut Squash Spinach Salsa with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette can be the perfect side dish or meal!
  3. Soup tastes even better when it is homemade and not out of a can! Try this Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup.
  4. Need something a little hardier? Try this Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan. It is super easy to make, delicious and quick!

Since the rain is here it is the perfect time to stay in your kitchen and try out some of the recipes!  Enjoy!

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Bring the “home” to home games with your homemade snacks!

Fall is upon us, which means we have officially entered into football and tailgating season! Tailgating is a great time to catch up with friends, eat snacks and have fun before and during the game. However, just because you are in the middle of a parking lot or near the football stadium with your friends does not mean your food choices have to become unhealthy! It just means you have to become a little bit more creative. Not only does healthier snacks at a tailgate fuel your energy more but it will also make your snacks more original and “gourmet”.

Everybody loves dip during any event. The traditional Five Layer Dip is delicious but can be unhealthy especially if you buy it from the store. But if you switch out the ground beef layer in the traditional Five Layer Dip with some whole kernel corn, the dip becomes low fat and low calorie! This dip is easier to make and is just as tasty the well-loved Five Layer Dip! Want to try it? Click here for the recipe. Sour cream and onion dip is also a crowd favorite. The crowd might love you more if you offer them a fresher and healthier version of it. Mix together a yellow onion, fresh garlic, reduced-fat sour cream, plain Greek yogurt (instead of mayonnaise) and seasoning and create your favorite dip within in your kitchen! See the full recipe here.

Eating out or picking up packaged food will increase your sodium intake by almost two thirds of what your sodium intake would be if you made your food at home. Home cooked meals on average have less calories than meals that are purchased outside of the home. When you eat at home, you are more likely to eat less than you would out. This is because restaurants tend to go over the recommended portion sizes. This may appear to be the better deal,  ”more for your money”, but it’s not! Home cooked snacks and meals give you more control over your food which can allow you to create healthier versions of your favorite foods.

Want healthier tailgate snack recipes? Click here.


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Fresh for Fall Challenge

Fall is a great time to think about  your eating habits and what you can do to make them a little healthier. Choosing fresh fruits and veggies can be a small step in making healthier choices, especially with all the holiday meals coming up!

There is no lack of fresh fall fruits or veggies that you can use. Challenge yourself to cook at least one meal this week with fresh fall fruits and veggies! In case you are at a loss of fresh produce options for fall, here are some options:

*Cauliflower                                                        *Apples

*Sweet Potatoes                                               *Pomegranate

*Pumpkin                                                               *Squash

If you want some healthy cooking ideas, check out Meals That Heal for recipes like candied sweet potato apples!

Candied Sweet Potato Apples

Do you have a recipe you like that uses one of these fresh fall fruits and veggies? Share it with me below!

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Tailgate Recipe Challenge

Football season has arrived, which means all those great tailgating foods are here too!

The only downside is that I have been trying to be more conscious of what I eat. At first I thought this would mean that I would not get to eat the chicken wings and potato skins, but I have came to realize that this could be a great challenge opportunity!

So the challenge is to create recipes that are healthier options of those tailgate favorites. I found some great ideas on Pinterest, that you can check out too, if you feel like you are up for the task.

Let me know what recipes worked for you so I can try them out  for the next game!

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Portland Hearts Food Carts – Named #1 in the World

In the June 2010 issue of Budget Travel, our very own Portland, Oregon made headlines as it named Portland’s “food carts & street food” number one in the world for this local phenomenon. I have lived in Portland for about a year now and my love for the city dramatically increased as I caught on to the food cart scene. At first glance, my initial response to the food carts was,  Read More