Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This delicious take on a fall time favorite will make it your go-to soup this year. This is a quick and easy recipe in a stovetop, Instapot, or slow cooker.

Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil

1 sweet onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoons red curry paste

3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

4 cups uncooked butternut squash (1-inch) cubes

1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk

1 lime, juiced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro for serving

1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add coconut oil. Once it’s melted, add in the onions and the garlic with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the ginger and curry paste and stir until it is incorporated. Cook the curry and onion mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and add the squash cubes. Cover the pot and increase the heat to medium. Cook until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the squash is soft, turn off the heat and very carefully pour the entire mixture into a blender. Blend until the soup is smooth and pureed. Pour it back into the pot and turn the heat on to medium low.
  4. Add in the coconut milk, lime juice, salt and pepper, and stir. Cover and cook the soup for 10 minutes until it’s completely warm. Taste and season additionally if desired. Serve the soup with a garnish of torn cilantro and crushed peanuts.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 230 calories, 11g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 4g sugar, 6g protein

Healthy Recipes: Zuppa Toscana

PREP TIME 10 MINUTES

COOK TIME 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME 20 MINUTES

SERVINGS 6

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lb mild or spicy Italian chicken sausage

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes

32 oz vegetable stock

1/2 tsp oregano

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup half and half

3 cup chopped kale

Instant Pot Instructions:

1. Press the ‘Sauté’ button, and add the olive oil. When the pot is hot, add the chicken sausage and brown it until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.

2. Add onion and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add potatoes, vegetable stock, and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything.

3. Lock the lid and turn the valve to ‘Sealing’. Press the ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ button and adjust for 10 minutes, pressure set to ‘High’. When the cook time is over, turn off the Instant Pot by pressing the ‘Turn Off’ button. Carefully quick release the pressure with a wooden spatula by turning the valve to releasing. Make sure you don’t hurt your hands from the steam.

4. Once the steam is completely gone and the metal pin on the lid drops, carefully open the lid and add half and half and the chopped kale to the pot. Stir everything, and serve warm.

Stove Top Instructions:

1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add onion to pot and let cook until soft, 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Add vegetable stock and potatoes and cook over medium heat, until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.

3. Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 1-2 minutes, then stir in heavy cream and simmer 2 minutes more.

4. Season with pepper, and serve.

Festive Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients:
A variety of seasonal fruit:
kiwi, star fruit, persimmon, oranges, pears, apples, pineapple
Mini skewers
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
2-3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch cinnamon

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit into equal sized pieces and thread onto skewers.
2. Whisk together the yogurt, honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Serve skewers with the yogurt sauce.

Notes:
Nutrition facts vary depending on type of fruit and yogurt used.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

Ingredients:
10 oz. pumpkin yogurt
1 cup 100% Pumpkin Pie Puree
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
15 Ginger Snap Cookies
garnish: sprinkle of cinnamon and white chocolate shreds

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, yogurt and honey. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until well blended and turn into a crumb.
In a stand mixer, add the heavy cream. Using the whip attachment, beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Blend in the sugar and vanilla extract. (You will have extra whipped cream)
In a glass of choice for the parfaits, layer the pumpkin mixture first followed by 1 tablespoon ginger snap crumbs and then 2 tablespoons whipped cream. Layer until glass is full or desired amount is added. You can serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and shaved white chocolate. Enjoy immediately—if you try to make this too far in advance, the crumb layer may get soggy!

Summer Caprese Salad

Serves 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups balsamic vinegar

4 large ripe tomatoes

12 ounces fresh mozzarella, thickly sliced

Large bunch fresh basil leaves

Olive oil, for drizzling (about 1 tablespoon)

Large pinch kosher salt

Large pinch freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Measure the balsamic vinegar and pour into a saucepan. Bring it to a gentle boil over a low heat. Cook it until the balsamic vinegar has reduced to a nice thick glaze (but still pourable), about 15 minutes. Allow the reduction to cool to room temperature before you serve it.

When you are ready to assemble the salad, cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Arrange them on a platter, alternating them with the mozzarella slices. Tuck the whole basil leaves in between the tomato and cheese slices.

Drizzle on the balsamic reduction. Then drizzle olive oil in a thin stream over the top. Finally, sprinkle on salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Calories 140; Total Fat 9g; Protein 11g; Carbohydrate 5g; Fiber 1g; Sugar <1g; Sodium 200mg

Zucchini Lasagna Roll-ups

yield: 6 servings

prep time: 45 minutes

cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

3 large zucchini, trimmed (about 4 pounds), sliced lengthwise into 24 ⅛-inch-thick strips

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 pound ground chicken Italian sausage

1 cup part skim ricotta cheese

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1 large egg

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, divided

2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided

Directions

Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Lay zucchini slices flat in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each side with 1/4 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.

In a medium bowl, combine sausage, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, basil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread 1 cup marinara sauce onto the bottom of a 1o-inch oven-proof skillet; set aside.

Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta mixture evenly along each zucchini slice; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Roll up and place in the prepared skillet; repeat with remaining zucchini slices and filling. Top with remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.

Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lasagna rolls are heated through and the cheese is beginning to brown. Serve immediately.

See how this recipe is made:

 

 

Easy Quinoa Salad

yield: serves 4

prep time: 10 minutes

total time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

FOR THE DRESSING:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove minced garlic

2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 large lemon)

1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

 

FOR THE SALAD:

2 cups cold cooked quinoa

2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

1 cup chopped cucumber

1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes

1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped

2 green onions, sliced

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

 

Directions

First, make the dressing. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.

Drizzle salad with dressing and gently stir until salad is coated with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

Avocado Tacos

Ingredients

  • 3 medium ripe avocados
  • Juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 lb. ground protein of choice (chicken, turkey, veggie crumbles, lean beef)
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • Homemade taco seasoning (or use store bought packet):
    • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/8 tsp onion powder
    • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp cumin powder
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • diced tomatoes
  • pico de gallo
  • cilantro
  • olives
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado
  • Combine spices well, you will only use about half of this mix per pound of meat, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half, brush with fresh lime juice, sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
  2. Brown meat with the onion in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Once cooked through, drain well.
  4. Add homemade taco seasoning (I add a sprinkle at a time, and taste test until it’s right) and 1 Tbsp hot water.
  5. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until flavors combine.
  6. Scoop hot meat into avocados.
  7. Top with pico de gallo, cilantro, green onions and any other toppings you desire!

Healthy Recipes: Lemony Carrot Salad

Lemony Carrot Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1lb carrots, grated on a box grater or food processor
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Directions

Whisk lemon juice, oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Add carrots, radishes, dill, parsley, scallion, raisins and pistachios; toss to coat.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Add carrots and pistachios right before serving.

Prep Tip: Buy pre-shredded carrots for even quicker preparation.