Must-have Wonton Wrappers

Tis the season for holiday get-togethers! Wonton wrappers have been my ultimate go-to during this holiday season. Whether I’m in charge of bringing an appetizer or dessert to a party, I can count on these little blank canvases to create whatever I’d like! They are one of the most versatile things to cook with and you can literally put everything and anything you want in them. You can use them for appetizers or desserts…savory or sweet! One wonton wrapper is very low in calories (about 20 calories per wrapper), so you can make these as healthy or unhealthy as you’d like, depending on what you put in them and how you cook them. I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve been bringing to holiday parties and other wonton ideas, so stay tuned!

{You can usually find them in an Asian specialty market, or you can purchase them here: Nasoya All Natural Won Ton Wraps, 12 Ounce — 6 per case.}

Pumpkin & Walnuts Rigatoni 

I have always been a fan of actually eating pumpkin, not just using it as a fall decoration or carving one for Halloween. It is food, after all! And a delicious one, in my opinion! The garlicky and spicy pumpkin pairs well with the crunchy walnuts – toss it with some pasta and you’ve got yourself a delicious fall meal!

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Cauliflower Risotto

I’ve recently read that cauliflower is the new kale of 2015. I love cauliflower and all, but I will always hail to kale! Cauliflower is, however, very versatile and can take on many different textures, depending on how you cook it. In my cauliflower risotto, I mash it so that it’s creamy and blends really well with the rice.

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Must-have Arborio Rice

Arborio rice is THE rice for making risotto. It is an Italian white rice that has a creamy yet chewy texture when cooked. It takes a lot of love to cook risotto….constant stirring for about 20 minutes…but the end result is always so worth it! What I love most about making risotto is that it is so diverse. You could put just about anything you could think of in there to make a main meal or side dish.

This week I will be featuring my favorite risotto recipes using Arborio rice, so go buy some today and stay tuned all week!!

Chicken & Peas Alphabet Soup

This is a great make-ahead meal to store in the freezer and have on hand when the kids are hungry! I remember this being one of the freezer meals  I prepped right before having my son, for when we’d be home with a newborn and no time to cook. At the time my daughter was 2 and she loved this soup, so I made a batch of it for future meals for her. I would just take it out of the freezer, thaw it, and cook the alphabet pasta right in there…so easy….easy is needed with a toddler and newborn!

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Cauliflower & Chicken Sausage with Brown Rice

Cauliflower made a big comeback in 2015. I don’t think it ever technically went away, but people are now starting to realize how incredibly healthy it is and are using it in so many different ways (like making pizza crust with it)! I made this quick and healthy dish for lunch yesterday. It made my house smell so good for hours later and I kept wanting to go back and finish the left overs all afternoon!

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Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

It’s October and I’ve been squashing it up in the kitchen! Not only do I love the beautiful colors of fall and the fun family activities, but it’s also my favorite time to cook. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, and squash is one of my favorite fall foods! I love both butternut and spaghetti squash (see how I’ve cooked them in the past here, here, and here). This time I’m giving you a Mediterranean twist on spaghetti squash. Chickpeas, kalamata olives, capers, garlic, and feta cheese make this faux pasta dish make you want to yell “Opa!”.

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Butternut Squash Pastina 

Babies just starting out with solid foods, toddlers, kids, and full grown adults can all enjoy this meal. It really is for everyone! When my kids were babies, I always made them homemade baby food. Pastina is one of the foods I used to feed them. It’s soft and tiny enough for them to mush together with their little gums. The butternut squash gives them the veggies they need and they will love the sweet flavor! But like I said, it’s not just for babies! I made this for my family and we all enjoyed it with a salad on the side.

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