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Butternut, Sausage, and Apple Bake

A one-dish meal featuring butternut squash and hearty fall flavors.

Butternut, Sausage, and Apple Bake
Serves 6
A one-dish meal full of fall flavors.
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201 calories
31 g
15 g
5 g
11 g
2 g
295 g
404 g
7 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
295g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg
5%
Sodium 404mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
243%
Vitamin C
47%
Calcium
13%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  2. 1/2 lb Italian sweet chicken sausage, casings removed and cooked
  3. 1 c cooked rice
  4. 2 onions, caramelized
  5. 1 medium-large granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tsp rubbed sage
  8. 1 cup chicken broth
  9. 3-5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  10. Toasted pine nuts and cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine squash, cooked sausage, cooked rice, caramelized onions, and apples in a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle rubbed sage over the entire dish.
  4. Pour chicken broth over the dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake 20 more minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and pine nuts and serve.
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5g
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11g
carbs
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Butternut, Sausage, and Apple Bake

 

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This squash represents the last of our CSA bounty. It’s always a sad day to say goodbye to our farm-fresh vegetables. I wanted these to go out with a bang. So, I tinkered around and thought of all the wonderful things that I love to eat with butternut squash and came up with this one-dish meal. It takes a while in the oven, but it is so well worth it.

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First, caramelize two onions. I love caramelized onions, they’re so full of flavor. I use a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. There is a method to cooking up the perfect onions, check this article from Bon Appetite to get the whole story.

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Then I just mixed the cooked sausage, rice, apples, and squash along with the onions in a 9×13 baking pan. I added the sage and poured the chicken broth on top. Cook covered for one hour then take the foil off, sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top and bake a bit more. Enjoy!   

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Butternut, Sausage, and Apple Bake
Serves 6
A one-dish meal full of fall flavors.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
201 calories
31 g
15 g
5 g
11 g
2 g
295 g
404 g
7 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
295g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg
5%
Sodium 404mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
243%
Vitamin C
47%
Calcium
13%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  2. 1/2 lb Italian sweet chicken sausage, casings removed and cooked
  3. 1 c cooked rice
  4. 2 onions, caramelized
  5. 1 medium-large granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tsp rubbed sage
  8. 1 cup chicken broth
  9. 3-5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  10. Toasted pine nuts and cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine squash, cooked sausage, cooked rice, caramelized onions, and apples in a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle rubbed sage over the entire dish.
  4. Pour chicken broth over the dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake 20 more minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and pine nuts and serve.
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201
fat
5g
protein
11g
carbs
31g
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Health Bowls: Dinner in a Pinch

Health Bowl: Dinner in a Pinch

See this? This was dinner . . . on a weeknight . . . when I thought we had “nothing” in the house. A Real Simple article on “health bowls” in February 2014 was a game changer for me. It had a chart of ingredients (grains, veggies, proteins and dressings) and some ideas of how to make some flavorful roasted veggies (lemony carrots are featured here). I keep this dinner in my back pocket for when we need something healthy and I’m out of ideas.

On this particular night I just felt like we didn’t have anything left to make a meal. It was almost time for our monthly Costco run and the chest freezer was on empty. I had eggs and one wild salmon filet in the protein department. I found some bulgur and chopped up some baby carrots that I roasted with the lemon. There was some wilty Swiss chard in the fridge that I sautéed. And then I found some frozen peas. For a dressing I mixed up some tahini with yogurt and lemon juice and then sprinkled it with sesame seeds for some crunch. Voilà! Dinner is served.

The kids ate a variation of this: salmon, eggs, peas and bulgur. They were pretty happy, too.

What do you do when you’re in a pinch?

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Greek Turkey Meatballs

A family favorite. Make a bunch at once and freeze them for a quick meal!

Greek Turkey Meatballs
Yields 25
A family favorite. They also freeze really well.
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62 calories
2 g
28 g
4 g
6 g
1 g
30 g
64 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
30g
Yields
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 28mg
9%
Sodium 64mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1 cup frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  3. 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat is best)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon oregano
  7. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  8. salt and pepper to taste (I go light on the salt because the Worchestershire sauce and feta are salty)
  9. 1/3 cup feta cheese (or more if you like)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form into 1”-1 ½” meatballs and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15–20 minutes.
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fat
4g
protein
6g
carbs
2g
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Greek Turkey Meatballs

Easy Greek Turkey Meatballs with FetaThis one is a crowd pleaser in our house. It takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it to make one dinner and to see smiles all around the table. It also fits in with my 21-Day Fix eating plan fairly well (especially with zucchini noodles).

The mixture can be pretty goopy, so I use a cookie scoop to form the meatballs and then I gently roll them just a bit with (wet) hands before putting them on the parchment paper.

Greek Turkey Meatballs in the oven

I like to buy or make tzatziki sauce to go with these, but they also go well with a light tomato sauce or even just plain! The kids aren’t huge fans of feta cheese, so I make a few before I add it to the mix.

 

Greek Turkey Meatballs
Yields 25
A family favorite. They also freeze really well.
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62 calories
2 g
28 g
4 g
6 g
1 g
30 g
64 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
30g
Yields
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 28mg
9%
Sodium 64mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1 cup frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  3. 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat is best)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon oregano
  7. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  8. salt and pepper to taste (I go light on the salt because the Worchestershire sauce and feta are salty)
  9. 1/3 cup feta cheese (or more if you like)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form into 1”-1 ½” meatballs and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15–20 minutes.
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calories
62
fat
4g
protein
6g
carbs
2g
more
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