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Friday, 18 November 2016 13:23

Fall Favorites

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we won’t waste too much time on why we love eating fall veggies…we’ll just tell you how we love to make them! We’re dedicating this blog to our fall favorites and festive ways to bring seasonal dishes to your Thanksgiving tables!

While there a number of fall veggies we could rant and rave about, we decided to focus on two because in reality, we could talk about every veggie under the sun as if it is our favorite. But that’s because they pretty much all are…

So for the purpose of this blog, we will be focusing on

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin!

Butternut Squash Poster          Pumpkin Poster

Both Butternut Squash and Pumpkin are great because they’re both:

  • Low in calories and high in fiber, making it ideal for weight management.
  • Versatile – you can steam, roast, mash, puree, blend it into smoothies, or make it into pies

Butternut Squash has a mildly sweet flavor, which makes it easy to blend with an array of spices to make it savory or sweet! Butternut squash has also become so popular that it’s now possible to purchase it packaged and pre-cubed. If purchasing whole, you will need to peel the skin with a vegetable peeler or with a sharp knife.

Two easy recipes that we recommend are Sweet Herbed Butternut Soup and Butternut Slaw

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Sweet Herbed Butternut Soup (pictured)- This recipe is a great way to start your Thanksgiving meal. A small portion will go a long way and can really set the tone for your fall feast.

Buttnernut Slaw - A refreshing alternative to cranberry sauce.

Pumpkin is next on our fall favorites list because it’s basically the poster child for fall and like Butternut Squash, you can basically turn it into anything you want - including desert! Similar to Butternut Squash, the skin if tough and you might want to cut it off when making soups and other recipes that call for pureed pumpkin.  While there are many varieties of pumpkin, it’s always better to select smaller pumpkins for cooking, as they are sweeter and less watery.

While we aren’t much for baking, we do have two recipes that will satisfy your pumpkin cravings. They are Pumpkin Hummus and Pumpkin Chili.

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Pumpkin Hummus (pictured)- If you’re looking for a last minute addition to really bring your appetizers together, you can whip this recipe up in a matter of minutes! Just note that this recipe called for canned pumpkin, not “pumpkin pie mix.”

Pumpkin Chili - This might not be the best side dish to add to an already packed menu, BUT for anyone with vegetarians in the family, this is a great and filling alternative to the traditional turkey and stuffing. Plus, these leftovers will be good for days!

Even if you don’t end up making any of our fall favorite recipes, we do hope that you get to share a delicious meal with your loved ones regardless of what’s on your table! Happy Thanksgiving!

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