Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

We don’t like to pick favorites when it comes to food but we’re sorry: Fall food is where it’s at!

We finally feel compelled to turn on the oven again and start roasting our veggies which always bring out their natural sweetness (we love some sweetness)!

This is also the season that brings us squash (pumpkins are included in that family).

There are a million and one ways to prepare a squash, steam it, braise it, roast it, toast it, but one of our favorites it STUFFED.

Below is the perfect Fall Recipe, Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash.  This recipe is beautiful for dinner parties or your own special night with your honey (or friends!).  Enjoy!

What are your favorite fall recipes?  What are your favorite squash recipes?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Servings: 4
Time: 45 minutes

  • 2 small acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh colander
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped into a small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into a small dice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

Optional:

  • ½ cup chickpeas, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios (pine nuts would work well too)
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • Cheese – I recommend shredded raw goat cheese or crumbled feta

Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Brush squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut side down on a baking sheet until fork soft. Depending on your oven this can range from 25-40 minutes.

Once squash is in the oven prep all vegetables as mentioned above.

Meanwhile, bring quinoa and 1 ½ cups water, 1 teaspoon sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat and simmer covered until water is absorbed and quinoa is soft, about 15 minutes. Fluff with fork and set aside.

To make the vegetable sauté heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add zucchini, chickpeas, sage and thyme and any additional vegetables nd continue to cook until everything is softened and brown.

To assemble stuffing fold together vegetable sauté, cooked quinoa, pistachios, red pepper flakes and parsley.

Taste and add salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil if needed.

Fill squash with stuffing and top with cheese if using. Serve with an additional sprinkle of parsley.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili from Danielle Prestejohn

Fall is in full effect y’all!  If you haven’t gotten a chance to take a leisurely drive in the country and see all the fall foliage, make it happen STAT!  

We love fall because it’s a very grounded time.  We naturally begin to settle into new routines, set goals into action, and crave warmer, heartier, and more flavorful foods.  

Our friend Danielle posted the most quintessential fall recipe and we wanted to share it with you.  Check out her Pumpkin Turkey Chili below.  

To learn more about Danielle, visit her website and get her free 5 step guide to Ditch Your Diet for Good!

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For a very long time my struggles with emotional eating seemed to take over my life.

I developed so much anxiety over each and every thing I ate, meals lost any sort of excitement or comfort. Anything labeled hearty, or filling, evoked a certain amount of fear.

I was so petrified of gaining weight, that I kept my meals light as can be.  The problem was I never fully enjoyed them, and because of this I would find myself with my hand in the cookie jar, later that night, or polishing off a carton of ice cream, feeling full of guilt and disappointment.

When I started to tackle my emotional eating head on by doing things such as adding more fun in my life, dealing with my actual emotions, and rebuilding my body image; food became fun again.

Suddenly I looked forward to cooking with vibrant flavors, experimenting with new ingredients, and even putting together the hearty, filling meals I had once placed off limits.

This chili is perfect for a colder night, when you’re craving some comfort. It is full of flavor and loaded with vegetables, so on top of being delicious, it is also packed with vitamins and nutrients. Plus it will leave you full enough that you won’t feel the need to polish off that carton of ice cream after dinner.

It’s spicy with a hint of sweet from the pumpkin, but feel free to play around with the spices and pumpkin to adjust it to your liking. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Servings:12
Time: 30 minutes

▪       1 lb lean ground turkey
▪       1 red bell pepper, diced
▪       3 celery stalks, diced
▪       1/2 cup carrots, diced
▪       1 small zucchini, diced
▪       3/4 cup pumpkin
▪       28 oz diced tomatoes
▪       28 oz crushed tomatoes
▪       1 cup vegetable broth
▪       1 can white beans
▪       2 tbs. coconut oil
▪       1 tbs. paprika
▪       1 tbs. chili powder
▪       2 tsp. red pepper flakes
▪       Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat a saucepan with coconut oil. When it starts to sizzle add in the turkey and cook until it starts to brown.Add in 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth along with the carrots, celery, and bell pepper and continue to sauté until translucent.Add in the diced zucchini and sauté 1-2 minutes longer.Pour in the diced and crushed tomatoes, as well as the pumpkin and let simmer 1-2 minutes.Sprinkle in the spices and add the remaining vegetable broth if needed.

Lastly pour in the rinsed and drained beans.  Simmer on low 10 minutes.

Lemon Ginger Slushie #ThrowbackThursday

Happy 4th of July!  We hope you’re all doing something fun to celebrate.

This holiday is all about food, fun and fireworks (3 of our favorite things), so how could it not be awesome?  We’d love to know, what are you guys doing to celebrate?  And more importantly, what are you going to cook?!

Last year we made this awesome Lemon Ginger Slushie recipe which we still happen to think is the perfect holiday cool down treat.  

We mention in the video that “next year” we would come up with a recipe that involved sparklers, but that was a really weird promise :)  So, instead, we’re serving up round two of the Lemon Ginger Slushie for a little #TBT (Throwback Thursday for those who aren’t fluent in “twitter”) action.

We really want to know what you’re making this 4th of July.  Post your pics on our Facbook page!

Two Food Filled Holidays!

Passover and Easter.  Easter and Passover.  Both awesome holidays and both have their own fun food traditions.

Since we’ve been mega busy this time of year traveling, giving cooking classes and loving up our clients, we turned to the blogosphere for divine recipe inspiration.

If you’re looking to make your own matzoh or enjoy Easter the naturally sweetened way, our foodie friends have got you covered!

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Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Gluten-Free Passover

Sweet Loren’s Homemade Matzoh

Health Coach Quinn’s Vanilla Mint Macaroon’s


 

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We Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends

We are lucky enough to be a part of an amazing community of healthy peeps. Many of them post awesome recipes on their websites so we wanted to take this time to spread the love and share a few of our favorites with you!

Jenny Sansouci of Healthy Crush’s Harvest Basil Beans

 

Emily Levenson’s Pumpkin Chia Overnight Oats

 

Loni Markman of Elements of Fit’s Chickpea Burger with Mint Raita

 

Alex Jamieson of Delicious Vitality’s Turnip Leek Soup

 

Jamie Dougherty of Jamie Living’s Herb Roasted Chicken