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Favorite Family Recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna from bell’alimento

This week, most kitchens are dedicated to preparations for Thanksgiving turkey plus all the trimmings. If you happen to be a vegetarian who is gearing up to say “no, thanks” when Aunt Martha passes the bird for the seventh time, then you need a back-up plan. Not to mention we all have experienced picky eaters at the dinner table. Skip the drama with a fancy, yet easy to follow recipe that will surely become a family favorite. Who knows, you may have just started a new family tradition. Roasted-Squash-Lasagna-www.bellalimento.com-008-533x800

Paula Jones at bell’alimento has a Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe that you could serve as one of your favorite family recipes any night of the week, but also makes an exceptional pinch hitter for poultry around the Thanksgiving table. 

If you have a full kitchen, you can make this dish in advance by preparing it the night before and covering before you place in the refrigerator over night.  When you’re ready to bake the following day, let the dish come to room temperature and then bake according to directions. If you want to dress it to impress, fry a few sages leaves to use as a crispy garnish and loosen a few tablespoons of the squash puree with extra stock to drizzle around plate. Now that’s fancy!

According to Paula, your friends and family will “think you ran off to culinary school.”

Well, maybe not but your table will be mega-impressed and your little ones won’t be whining at your holiday event when you tell them they get to eat lasagna! 

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Favorite Family Recipes: Sweet Potato Spanish Tortilla

Everyone knows that the best part of Thanksgiving is eating leftovers the next day. Kris Orborne knows how to make those leftovers last without perpetuating the indulgences of Thanksgiving Day. 

So what do you do with all of those sweet potatoes that languished in your crisper after you finished your sweet potato casserole? Enjoy the exotic flavor of the Sweet Potato Spanish Tortilla from 80 Twenty, a blog about eating nutritiously and finding a healthy balance that so many moms strive to achieve.

According to Kris, the Sweet Potato Spanish Tortilla is about as good as it gets. “Layers of sweet potatoes intertwine with softened slivered onions to frame the egg and the woody, nutty brightness of the pesto bring it all together,” she writes. “It’s simple to make…and can be eaten warm, cold, or at room temperature, making it a perfect meal for any time of the day.”

That’s what we call leftovers.

 

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Favorite Family Recipe: Diablo Eyeballs (Taco Meatballs) and Black Bean Pasta from Boulder Locavore

Once you have kids, it’s hard not to become consumed with the spirit of Halloween. For Toni Dash of the food blog Boulder Locavore, it’s hard  to imagine not making food inspired by the seasonal colors of candy corn or the risk of a gory hand “rising from the depths of a bowl of dip.”

We agree with Toni: this is the perfect time of year to make cooking family dinners fun. Toni lets whimsy take over and delights her diners with the fright of Halloween.

One of her favorite Halloween recipes is her Diablo Eyeballs (Taco Meatballs) and Black Bean Pasta, which delivers the perfect amount of trick and treat for a dinner preceding your Halloween festivities.

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Favorite Family Recipes: Garlic Chicken Legs from Dine and Dish

Before the baby is born, most moms are all about stocking the freezer full of delicious and healthy meals to defrost and eat once your family has grown by one tiny person.

In the early days of parenthood, you’ll never go hungry. Between dinner drop-offs and surprise take-out from neighbors, you will probably have more food than you and your partner can reasonably consume. However, once the take-out offerings from friends and family begin to slow down and you’ve made your way through the casserole stockpile you amassed during your third trimester nesting phase, you’ll still have a family to feed.

Now that you’re a family of three (although one might not be eating solids yet), it’s all about convenience and nothing is more convenient than a simple chicken dish made in the slow cooker.

The Garlic Chicken Thighs from Kristen Doyle at Dine & Dish is a simple recipe: you throw it in the crockpot and forget about it, leaving the flavors and seasonings “to party with the chicken all day.” At dinnertime, throw together a simple green salad and you have a tasty and delicious meal.

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Photo Credit: Kristen Doyle. Used with permission.

 

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