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The perfect fall pasta with butternut squash and kale

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Last night was the first night that really felt like winter to me. I was craving something comforting for dinner and pasta is the quintessential comfort food for me. This recipe combines many comforting flavors, especially for the fall and winter seasons. Butternut squash, Tuscan kale, and spicy sausage make up the backbone of this dish and the flavors go perfectly together.

What I love most about this dish is that the butternut squash actually becomes the sauce for the pasta. It’s pureed with chicken stock, mixed with some half and half and parmesan cheese and simmered until it becomes thick and creamy. I saw this idea on one of Rachael Ray’s shows and thought it was genious. I love butternut squash but I’ve never thought to turn it into a sauce for pasta. I bet you could also use canned pumpkin puree as a substitute if you didn’t have butternut squash on hand. This recipe has many different components and does require a number of steps and ingredients but it is really quite simple to follow and it’s so worth it! I’ve broken down the ingredients and recipe into two parts – making the squash sauce, and assembling the rest of the dish (the pasta, kale & sausage). Continue reading

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Top your collard greens with a fried egg

I got this idea from watching Paula Deen on Food Network. Normally her dishes are full of butter and cream, but this one was actually really healthy. I didn’t follow her recipe for the collard greens, but I did use her idea of topping the greens with a fried egg. The combination of the runny yoke and the bitter greens is devine. Plus it’s a great way to get your veggies and your protein in. It may sound strange, but give it a try. This would work well with any leafy green veggie, especially with kale I would think. Continue reading

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Meat and Potatoes…and Kale

Naturally, I’m not a typical meat and potatoes kinda gal. Not that I have anything against traditional meat and potatoes, because trust me, there are some really delicious ways to make meat and potatoes. I just am generally more of an adventurous eater. I like to explore the culinary world.

Even so, the other night meat and potatoes sounded pretty darn good. These recipes are a twist on the classic. Yes, they incorporate both meat and potatoes (and greens), but for those of you who are looking for something different, this is it. Thinly sliced panko crusted pork chops and gravy, Ina Garten’s potato basil puree, and Kale sauteed with bacon and white wine. It’s definitely more of a comfort food meal, and not a figure friendly one. Although, Kale is full of nutrients (anyone will tell you). Let that ease your conscience as you eat the pork chops and potatoes. Continue reading

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Eating more Kale

I’m a “cooking with Kale virgin”. The only time I’ve really eaten Kale is out at a restaurant or if someone else happens to cook it for me. It’s not that I don’t like it. I totally like it. It’s just that I’m never quite sure how to cook it. Kale is one of those vegetables you have to cook right or it can turn out tasting completely awful and bitter (same as Broccoli Rabe, which I still have not figured out how to cook with). Continue reading

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