Thursday, October 16, 2014

Butternut Squash & Kale Pasta Sauce


I am still in the fall cooking mood over here at 360FamilyNutrition!  Why not move on from pumpkin to butternut squash?!

Last night for dinner I created this Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta Sauce recipe and paired it with Baked Pizza Taquitos from The Baker Mama.  Certainly a strange combination of food, but both were food dishes I was craving. We had never tried the Pizza Taquitos - and they certainly didn't disappoint!  It was an easy recipe your family will be sure to love!  Perfect finger food for the kiddos or to pack in lunch boxes. I can't wait to have leftovers for lunch.

Last fall I made a dish using the butternut squash as a pasta sauce and wasn't thrilled with the outcome.  While I love sweet foods, I am not a fan of overly sweet for my main meal.  Butternut squash can certainly be overly sweet if the correct spices and other ingredients are not added.  To tame the sweetness of the sauce I decided to add a small amount of plain Greek yogurt (and to add some creaminess), low sodium vegetable broth, and kale.  They all did the trick!  The outcome was a delicious and only slightly sweetened light pasta sauce.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Cake Balls


A few weeks ago one of my blogger idols, The Baker Mama, posted a picture of Pumpkin Cake Balls on her Instagram page.  I instantly feel in love and knew I needed to make a healthier recreation of this recipe.

My idea to "healthify" the recipe was to use 70% cocoa dark chocolate instead of candy melts for the outer shell. Dark chocolate has less sugar, fat, and calories.  It can also offer some antioxidant benefits.  I decided to skip the pumpkin cake mix and just use a white cake mix. While this doesn't save calories I wanted to be able to manipulate the pumpkin flavor.

Well sometimes recipes just shouldn't be altered. The result was a cake ball in which I could only taste the dark chocolate - I wasn't able to taste the pumpkin cake flavor at all.  Additionally the dark chocolate took forever to harden and created quite a mess.  Needless to say I was not satisfied with the outcome.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Turkey Bacon Green Bean Bundles


About a month ago we had some friends over for a little Sunday night dinner.  We served up some kobe beef burgers, au gratin potatoes, and these turkey bacon green bean bundles.  A delicious and slightly unhealthy meal variety.

The ironic part of the evening was the gas tank on our grill would not turn on, so we ended up broiling the burgers in the oven. Certainly not our desired first choice cooking method for the high quality meat we were eagerly awaiting.  However in the end the burgers turned out quite nicely.  They lacked the grilled flavor, but still offered a scrumptious taste.

Todays recipe for Turkey Bacon Green Bean Bundles is a simple recipe to boost the flavor in fresh green beans. Of course turkey bacon can help spice up any recipe - it adds significant flavor without contributing an excessive amount of calories. Yes turkey bacon is can be highly processed and loaded with sodium, try choosing lower sodium versions and limiting consumption (ie dont eat everyday).


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait


I promise the pumpkin recipes are winding down!  I believe I just have one more in the storage bank, but you never know.....

Today's recipe is one that I have been brainstorming about since last fall season!  I finally got the chance to work on the creation a few days ago.  The recipe only involves a few ingredients and is extremely simple to make.  Greek yogurt and TruWhip (a more natural version of Cool Whip) were used to create the cream filling.  Chocolate graham crackers were crushed to serve as a divider between each creamy layer.  The graham crackers could be substituted with crushed Oreo sandwich cookies or even granola.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Showering Lil Man


Over the past month, two AMAZING baby showers were thrown for lil' man.  Both showers were an absolutely perfect combination of food and company!


SHOWER #1
I flew back to my homestate, Oklahoma, in late August (ok so more than a month) for a Saturday afternoon shower hosted by my aunt Susan, cousin Regan, and friend Jessica.  The golf themed shower included many of my family members and long time friends.  I was so grateful to see some of my family and friends that I had not seen in ages!  Look how cute the golf themed table set-up is above!! 


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