One of the reasons we love fall is the amazing seasonal food. From pumpkins to hot chocolate and all the comfort food in-between, we love it all! However, a lot of the fall food we’ve grown to love is laden with unhealthy ingredients and empty calories. We’ve decided to share a couple fall recipes that are family friendly yet pack a nutritional punch. Here are a couple recipes for you and your family to try this season:
Butternut Bacon Pasta
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. dried rosemary
- ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 3 cups cubed and peeled butternut squash
- ½ lb. smoked bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 8 oz. uncooked whole wheat elbow pasta
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place squash on foil-lined baking sheet that is lightly coated in olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with half the salt, and the rosemary and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees.
Sauté shallots in olive oil. Combine with squash and bacon in bowl and let sit. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain. In a cast iron skillet combine flour and the rest of the salt over medium heat. Slowly add the milk, stirring with a whisk until boiling. Cook until slightly thick, keep stirring. Remove from heat before adding the provolone cheese. Stir until melted and then add the pasta. Place mixture in casserole dish coated with olive oil cooking spray. Add the squash mixture on top and then complete with the Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese browns. Enjoy!
Caprese Grilled Cheese
The classic Caprese salad is a healthy choice that packs a lot of flavor, but this new take brings it to another level. Perfect for the comfort of the cooler months but still full of healthy ingredients, the Caprese grilled cheese is a family favorite! Here’s what you need:
- 2 slices of whole-wheat bread per person
- Enough basil pesto for generous portions per sandwich (approximately ¼ cup for 4 servings)
- Large ripe tomatoes (about ½ a tomato per serving)
- Olive oil
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spread the pesto on one side of each slice of bread and place the mozzarella on one of the slices. Then top with the tomatoes and the other slice of bread to make the sandwich. Brush one side of the sandwich with olive oil before placing on the hot skillet. Cook until toasted. Brush the other side with olive oil and flip to cook the other side. Once all the sandwiches you are making are done being grilled, place on a baking sheet and transfer to the heated oven. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy!
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