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Making Healthy Fun

Happy Tuesday!

As I described in my last post, I had an amazing weekend. Typically my fiance and I like to cook new foods together and this weekend was no different. We wanted something simple but tasty.

I bought butternut squash last week because I wanted to start incorporating that in my diet more especially because it is fall.

So we knew we wanted to make the butternut squash in some form and I found the most perfect recipe!

Sauteed butternut squash with bacon! 

All you need for this is:

  • Minced garlic
  • Butternut squash, diced (we used two)
  • Bacon (we used 5 slices)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, on medium heat without any oil, cook your bacon until it is almost done. This is really dependent on how you like your bacon cooked, but remember you’re going to add your bacon to your squash a little later so make sure it isn’t completely done.

Move your bacon to a plate and with the bacon drippings still in the skillet add your diced squash.

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Cooking the squash took a little bit longer, probably around 15 minutes.

While it is cooking add in salt and pepper and break up your bacon in little pieces.

Once the squash is done turn off the heat and add in your bacon pieces.

Now it’s done and it’s amazing and it’s the most delicious dish ever. Honestly though, this was such a simple recipe.

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Even though bacon was added (along with the grease) it is a healthier option and a fun way to incorporate butternut squash.

Next broccoli!

Broccoli is simple for me, I love it with just salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and roasted.

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How you like it depends on how long it’ll be in the oven for, I love broccoli in any way, whether it’s extremely roasted and crispy or still soft and tender.

Next up…. the chicken!

The chicken we marinated it with:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic (roughly two tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried thyme (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried oregano (1 tablespoon)

After about 30 minutes in the marinate we grilled it for about 10 minutes on each side. Once done we waited until after the table was set to cut the chicken into smaller pieces because that helps to not dry it out.

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Overall the whole meal was amazing. It was fun to make with my family and it was good and simple. It’s nice to know that you don’t need all these crazy ingredients or be super talented to cook good meals.

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(Also, my fiance made some amazing guacamole but we’ll save that for another post!)

 

Have a great Tuesday!

Love,

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Holiday Meals

I kind of took a vacation from WordPress and I really do regret it. My family and I made such good food for Thanksgiving I don’t care that it was last month, I’m still going to share it with you guys.

My family and I moved to Georgia from Florida back in August, so going with the theme of “change” we decided to do a Thanksgiving brunch instead of a dinner. I never really cared for Thanksgiving, which is surprising because I love food so much. But I think it’s because for this holiday season my family doesn’t get together, like those families you see on TV where there are cousins on top of cousins at the grandmothers house. So I rather just watch the Macy’s day parade and get ready for Christmas. But with the bright idea of Thanksgiving brunch, this holiday got a little exciting.

I was so excited that we started prepping two days before Thanksgiving, the 24th. I had to work all day the 25th so I decided to make due with the time that was given to me. We decided that our brunch would start at noon so everything had to get ready very early. I woke up at 3 am and started getting the food ready.

Our menu:

***SORRY FOR THE HORRIBLE PICTURE QUALITY****

Balsamic cranberry brussel sprouts (Brussel sprouts are really good if you make them right)IMG_8647

Ingredients:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Barley
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Pecans
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Eggnog french toast

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Ingredients:

  • Eggnog
  • Bread
  • Eggs

Twice baked sweet potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Pecans
  • Vanilla
  • Marshmallows
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter

Spinach mushroom fritatta

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Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Parmesan

Greek yogurt and berry parfait shooters

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Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Frozen berries
  • Granola

 

After we ate, we cleaned up and watched tv all day.

Even for Christmas we didn’t stick to the traditional menu. The holidays are all about enjoying those around you and having fun.

I truly hope you guys had a beautiful holiday season ❤

If you want recipes for any of these dishes just let me know! I will be more than happy to share them with you guys! And if you had any different dished you had, share them!

Have a great Monday!

-Love Nicole ❤