It seems the temperature has officially dropped forcing me to finally put my flip flops away & pull out my Uggs for another chilly season. Although I'm not a huge fan of the cold weather, I do love seeing the leaves change colors, the abundance of fresh produce at local organic farms and new hot recipes to indulge in! Here are two great recipes I absolutely love on a chilly day that are sure to warm you right up!
Basil Pesto Pasta:
Ingredients- 1 1/2 cups of fresh basil, 1 lb. of brown rice/quinoa pasta, three small zucchini, 4 cloves of garlic, 1/2 onion, 3 tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, filtered water, 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 cup goat cheese, salt & pepper.
Chop & saute zucchinni, onion, garlic, tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil until tender. In a separate pot, boil water and cook pasta (7-9 minutes once boiling). In a food processor/blender, add fresh basil, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup olive oil and a dash of ground black pepper and salt & blend until smooth and creamy. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to vegetables. Pour basil pesto over top, add goat cheese and mix well. Heat on Medium/Low for 10 minutes and Enjoy!
Sweet Raisin & Apple Acorn Squash:
Ingredients- 1 cored apple, 1 acorn squash (halved & seeded), 2 tbs butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 cup raisins.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squash in half and throw away seeds. Fill baking pan with 1/4 in. water and place squash cut side down. Bake for 30 min. While the squash is baking, melt butter over medium heat & add in cubed apple for 15 min. Stir in raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon and cook for another 10-15 min. Lastly, drain water from pan and fill squash with mixture. Bake for 15 minutes and Enjoy!