I’m experiencing my annual mixed feelings about the weather changing. The darker mornings and early sunsets are a reminder that summer is gone and winter is approaching. I despise being cold. But the chillier temps calling for leggings, sweaters and boots are refreshing and I am excited to be turning my oven on more often to fill my house with warmth and the delicious scents of baking. You may think it’s early…but I have already made one pumpkin pie as well as pumpkin pie bars this fall.
It’s squash season! I’m seeing pumpkins on my neighbors’ front stoops and I smile. 🙂 Summer squash are okay…. I like zucchini grilled or spirilized once in a while, but what I really love are the thicker-skinned winter squash which are out now at the local markets.
This weekend I went to my nearby farm, Healey Farm on Lafayette Road in North Kingstown. She is loaded with butternut and spaghetti squash (among other awesome produce like corn, peppers, potatoes and cabbage). And eggs! She’s got tons of gorgeous pumpkins too. Check out the deals I got buying squash by the box:
$10 for a half bushel of butternut squash.
$20 for a bushel of spaghetti squash.
I figure that comes out to around 50 cents per pound. Aside from being delicious and nutritious, another nice thing about winter squash is they can be stored for several months in a cool room.
Here’s what I made for lunch on Sunday:
So easy. Simply cut your spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds and bake at 450 for about 45 minutes or until tender. Top with any kind of protein– I am typically not a fan of canned chili but they can sure come in handy to have in the pantry when you don’t have any leftovers and you want something quick. I used Trader Joe’s Chicken Chili and topped it with some sliced Organic Valley Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese. So good!
I hope this meal idea inspired some of you to visit your local farm and stock up on some winter squash too. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money or invest a lot of time and energy into nourishing yourself with good food. If you can even replace one fast-food or highly processed food meal each week with something like this squash and chili meal, you are making progress and heading in the right direction. And if you’d like some guidance in your wellness journey, you’re in luck– that is exactly what I am here for! I’m full of ideas and will get you set up with personalized weekly health goals designed to change your unwanted habits into new ways of eating that you will feel good about. Send me a message, call me or stop by! 🙂