Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

I love how versatile food can be. Seriously, real food can be so, so simple, but it can also be used for a never-ending variety of meals. I’ve recently discovered how versatile spaghetti squash can be. Case in point: Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein.

This recipe makes a lot of food, which is always awesome because then you get to use the leftovers. And let me tell ya, the leftovers are almost better than the original recipe. Don’t you just love when food tastes better the second time around?! Obviously, this would pair extremely well with my Eggroll in a Bowl, and that makes an equally epic amount of food.

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Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade Apple Cider

I’m a big fan of apple cider.

Growing up, the minute the temperatures outside dipped below freezing (which, in my neck of the woods, is sometimes October), my mom would deliberately set a big stockpot on the stove, fill it with jug after jug of apple cider, add further flavor with spices, and turn the burner on low, just enough so the cider was almost hot, so we kids could come inside from playing in the snow and enjoy a warming cup of cider as our frigid skin melted. The pot would stay on the stove, continually being refilled, until it was getting too warm for that sort of thing – usually when our subzero winter temps started creeping up to the 20s in February or March.

Once the kids were all moved out, the tradition got shortened, with a duration of while we were home for the holidays. Still, colder temperatures tend to awaken a craving for apple cider. Now that I live on my own and I’ve adopted a real food lifestyle, I wanted a different alternative to the apple cider sold in a jug (made from juice concentrate and additives). With a little bit of research and time in the kitchen, I made an apple cider that definitely satisfies this year’s cravings!

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Curried Delicata Squash

Curried Delicata Squash

First off, Happy New Year’s Eve! Hopefully 2015 is filled with awesome things for you!

I discovered two spectacular components of this Curried Delicata Squash only a few short months ago — curry powder and delicata squash. Weird, right?

I didn’t eat my first curry until I was 24 years old (in 2014), and I can easily say that I was missing out on something wonderful my entire life. I grew up loving squash, but my mom always bought acorn or buttercup squash for us to share, and smaller squash varieties like delicata or sweet dumpling were “gourds” that were bought for decoration. I honestly shudder to think of all the delicious and versatile squash that’s bought to rot each year because people think it looks pretty but don’t know how to prepare it!

Hopefully, this recipe will get someone out there to try eating delicata squash instead of discarding it as a kitchen decoration.

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Baked Plantain Fries

Baked Plantain Fries

 

Fact: plantains are freaking awesome.

I had my first experience with plantains when I was a kid and my mom had decided we needed to branch out and try new kinds of produce. Unfortunately, this was pre-Internet-for-everything, so the only inkling of how to use a plantain was from the label at the grocery store: “Like A Banana!” Okay, sure thing. You can probably imagine how well we liked green plantains after our first taste-test.

Needless to say, I’m glad I gave plantains another chance a year or two ago. I can’t seem to survive without them in my apartment. And though I’m totally fine just frying plantains, I like to experiment sometimes, too. Thus, I made Baked Plantain Fries, and they make me happy.

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Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

 

Hey look! A recipe that isn’t a baked good or dessert! This is a big deal!

Of course, dessert isn’t the only thing I eat. However, most of my meals are so basic they aren’t worth sharing a recipe for. But, this Ginger Butternut Squash Soup is an exception. Creamy, popping with spicy ginger, and using one of the world’s best squashes as a base, this soup is definitely worth making.

Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

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