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Acorn Squash and Spinach Risotto

Acorn Squash and Spinach RisottoI hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday break! When you get sick of all that leftover ham (delicious in its own right, but how many ham sandwiches in a row can a person eat, really?), make this creamy, decadent acorn squash and spinach risotto. It’s easy and delicious and probably takes less effort than forcing yourself out of your jammies to go get carryout would.

Super-Easy, Totally Un-Blah Fruit Salad #3: Cinnamon-Kissed Peaches, Cherries, Blueberries, and Sliced Almonds

Super-Easy, Totally Un-Blah Fruit Salad #3: Cinnamon-Kissed Peaches, Cherries, Blueberries, and Sliced Almonds

I couldn’t figure out what ingredients of this fruit salad to incorporate into the title because they are all so frickin’ delicious and integral to the flavor – so I just incorporated them all! Longest title ever – but very apropos, considering that this is one summer side that is not short on flavor.

White Bean and Swiss Chard Soup

White Bean and Swiss Chard Soup

Recipe creation, for me, often originates from the practical standpoint of “I need to use X and Y and Z before they go bad – what can I incorporate them in?” I’m sure many of you can relate, especially at this time of year, when swoon-worthy produce is everywhere. It’s too easy to buy too much up at once at my beloved neighborhood Italian produce market – it just all always looks so lovely!

White Bean Lemon Dill Dip

White Bean Lemon Dill Dip
In case you haven’t noticed yet, I love making dips! Specifically, I love making dips from beans; they’re just such a great base! They’re healthy and a great source of fiber and protein. And white beans, such as northern or cannellini or navy beans, are so mild that they are quite versatile in dip-making; you can pair them with so many different flavors.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

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This soup is spicy! And I love it. This spiciness is in part because of the curry powder I substituted for cumin, which I had originally planned to use but then discovered I was out of. And the whole jalapeño and cayenne pepper added to it don’t hurt, either!

Protein-Packed Peanut-Butter Granola

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Peanut butter – how I missed thee! I was without it for about the past week, until my planned trip to the grocery store last night, and it would not be exaggerating to say that my life felt a little emptier during that time. My workday was not the same without my mid-morning snack of apple slices and peanut butter, and while tahini paste makes an excellent ingredient in hummus and dressings, it was not the greatest substitute for my favorite nut butter in my oatmeal. Now I’m three-cans flush with the stuff, so life is good. And in homage to one of my favorite foods ever being back in my life, I’ve created this granola.

Spring-Clean my Pantry #2! Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

 

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It was Easter Sunday, a mild, early-spring evening – not exactly the setting that inspires the creation of a traditionally cold-weather recipe. But I really wanted to put the butternut squash languishing in my refrigerator and my last three sweet potatoes to use. So this butternut squash and sweet potato soup was born.