Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, canned

2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp butter

1 cup milk

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 lb pasta, cooked and drained

Directions:

  1. Combine pumpkin, garlic, salt, butter and milk in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir until mixture is hot and slightly bubbly.
  2. Add in the cheese and stir until smooth and cheese has completely melted.
  3. Turn off heat and add in pasta, tossing to evenly coat noodles in the sauce.

Fried Eggplant Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1 large eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes

3-4 large tomatoes, diced (about 1 1/2 cups total)

1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or your favorite prepared dressing)

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour flour into a separate shallow dish.
  3. Start the breading procedure for the eggplant: first, coat the eggplant pieces in the eggs, then into the flour. Shake off excess flour before placing eggplant pieces into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  4. Cook on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side (tossing occasionally) until eggplant is browned and crispy. Place eggplant pieces onto a dish in one even layer to cool.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Just before serving, add the eggplant to the bowl with tomatoes and mozzarella, toss to combine. Salad can be served room temperature or cold.

Summer Zucchini Corn Fritters

Yield: 10-12 fritters

 

Ingredients:

2 cups zucchini, shredded

1 cup corn kernels, cooked or canned

2 eggs

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp mustard powder

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Optional for topping: plain Greek yogurt, fresh basil

 

Directions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients except olive oil and toppings until fully incorporated.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place 1/4 cup sized scoops into the oil about 2 inches apart.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan. The fritters should be golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve with plain Greek yogurt and fresh herbs!

 

 

Italian Pasta Salad

Yield: 8-10 servings

 

Ingredients:

2 boxes pasta, cooked, drained and cooled

1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup pesto

1/2 sliced pepperoni or salami

1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

1/2 cup mini mozzarella balls

1/4 cup basil, fresh

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until fully combined and all ingredients are coated in the pesto evenly.
  2.  Refrigerate before serving!

Thai Noodle Salad

This noodle salad can be served chilled or warm, plus you can add any veggies you have on hand!

 

Yield: 6-8 servings

 

Ingredients:

3 cups assorted veggies, sliced thin (I used cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery and snap peas)

1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to box instructions

1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter)

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp fresh or dried ginger

1/4 cup water

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl toss together the veggies and pasta until fully incorporated.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the rest of the ingredients until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add more water to thin.
  3. Pour dressing over pasta and veggies. Toss to coat completely. Serve at room temperature, or place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours and serve cold.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If you’re team sweet potato fries > regular fries,¬† then this is the recipe for you! Sweet potato fries are easy, delicious and incredibly nutritious as they are packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.

 

Yield: 2-3 servings

 

Ingredients:

1-2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp seasoning of choice (for sweet: cinnamon, for savory: garlic powder)

Ketchup for dipping!

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the fries in a single layer on baking pans (you will probably need 2-3).
  3. Drizzle the fries with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and seasoning. Toss to evenly coat. Be sure the fries are in an even layer before baking (if they are in a pile or too close they will steam and not get crispy).
  4. Bake the fries for 15-20 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. Fries should be dark brown and crispy.
  5. Serve immediately!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 eggs

1 bag riced cauliflower (or place a head of cauliflower in the food processor and pulse until rice consistency forms)

1/2 cup edamame, fresh or frozen, unshelled

1 cup mixed vegetables (I used frozen carrots, peas, corn and green beans) – whatever is easiest or you have on hand!

 

Sauce:

1 teaspoon ginger (fresh-minced or dried)

1/2 Tablespoon garlic, minced

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

1-2 teaspoons siracha/ hot sauce – if you want it spicy!

 

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan heat olive oil on medium heat. Add in the eggs and scramble, cutting eggs into small pieces as they cook.
  2. Once eggs are done, add in the veggies and saute for 3-5 minutes or until they begin to brown. Stir occassionally and cook for another 3 minutes on high heat.
  3. In a small bowl mix sauce ingredients until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour sauce over veggies and mix until coated. (If you like more sauce, add another 1-2 Tablespoons of soy sauce while cooking).
  5. Once veggies are cooked through and sauce has reduced, serve! (Should be another 2-3 minutes)

 

Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Stuck on what dish to bring to your Thanksgiving table? These maple bacon roasted brussel sprouts are sure to save the day. With only five ingredients, this quick and easy side dish will have your relatives begging for more!

Here’s how they’re done:

Ingredients:

1 pound brussel sprouts, halved

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 pound (1/4 package) bacon, cut into small chunks

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

  1. Evenly spread the brussel sprouts onto a baking sheet.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Toss to coat the brussel sprouts.
  3. Sprinkle on bacon and salt.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until bacon is crispy and brussel sprouts are browned.

 

Butternut Squash Mac

A lighter way around everyone’s favorite comfort food, plus my recipe creates the perfect opportunity to sneak in veggies without anyone knowing!

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 box of elbow pasta (I used Banza chickpea pasta, but any kind will do)

2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons whole-wheat flour (or AP)

3/4 cup butternut squash puree (Roast butternut squash cubes with olive oil at 350 until tender. Blend or mash until smooth) – acorn, buttercup or even pumpkin work as well.

1 cup almond milk (or any other milk you use)

2 Tablespoons goat cheese crumbled

1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard (or a squirt of yellow mustard), paprika

2 Tablespoons breadcrumbs (or more because this is the best part)

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add in the butternut squash and almond milk, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Cook on low heat for 2 minutes then add in the cheeses and seasonings, mix to incorporate.
  6. Continue to cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes until cheese has melted. Add in the pasta and stir until noodles are fully coated.
  7. Spray two small ramekins (or a small baking dish) with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Pour the mac mixture into the pan and sprinkle on breadcrumbs.
  9. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until breadcrumbs are browned and cheese is bubbly.