It’s the end of summer, so I’m starting to think about heartier meals and fall and winter recipes. When it’s 115 degrees outside I don’t want to cook, and just the idea of adding more heat by turning on the oven isn’t appealing. But with fall and winter on the way, I’ve been browsing for new recipes, and I came across some winners I want to share.
The first is a new twist on mac and cheese from Cooking Light magazine called One Pan Broccoli Mac and Cheese.
I have to say I was a little skeptical when I read the recipe because it calls for pureed butternut squash. But I tried it anyway, and I give it a two thumbs up.
The second recipe I tried recently is Grilled Margherita Sandwiches. Super easy and equally delicious, especially if you still have garden fresh tomatoes. I used ciabatta rolls that are the size of a slider bun. They were the perfect size, but if you want a healthier choice, use whole wheat bread. I’ve done it both ways, and they are both yummy!
A third recipe is avocado and egg salad. Dice up a hard boiled egg and an avocado. Add a teaspoon each of pickle relish, mayonnaise and spicy mustard. Combine all ingredients, then spread onto your favorite bread. I chose a slice of French bread. I cut it in half and filled it with half of the egg salad mix, plus a slice of ham, then grilled it on my Panini grill. Make it more healthy and use whole wheat bread.
Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Eat and Love What You Love had this Mindful Moment, “While some foods are more nutrient rich than others, all food can fit into well-balanced eating.”
I thought about this when I was choosing the breads for my sandwiches, and I decided I really wanted the white versus whole wheat bread. There was a tradeoff, though. Because the bread was a less nutrient rich food, I had a smaller portion. I savored every bite, and it was very satisfying.
What’s your favorite winter recipe? Have you found some new recipes that you’ve given a five star review?