Recipe Redux #13: Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Well this month’s Recipe Redux theme resulted in a FIRST for me! Usually I have a hard time coming up with something to make, and I’ll admit I was at a loss to begin with, but by the time October got going, I found I had not one, but TWO recipes that I could share! It was hard deciding which one to share (let’s face it, you’ll be getting the other at some point too!), but I am happy with my decision and can’t wait for you all to try this perfect fall dish. A few of you have inquired about this recipe over the past few weeks as it is, so that definitely played into my decision to share this one first! Recipe Redux #13: Easy Butternut Squash Soup But before I get to the recipe itself, I should probably fill you in the theme of course!
October 2014 – Theme

Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)

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WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins

Musselmans provided me with the samples in this post at no cost to me. All opinions, recipes, and photos are my own.  Fall is apple season of course and I plan on doing my fair share of apple eating this season. Fresh off the tree, in baked goods, in pie, and in applesauce! It’s all so good, fresh, and sweet. What are you favorite varieties? I am partial to empires, fujis, pink ladies, honey crisps, and crispins! But there really are SO MANY out there and during apple season I am always discovered new kinds to sample! Isn’t it amazing that modern agriculture can produce so many new, unique flavors and textures for an old favorite like apples? Musselman’s is all about apples obviously and they are celebrating this time of year by encouraging kids, adults, and EVERYONE to start snacking healthier by incorporating applesauce into your diet.  WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins If you’ve ever tried to do a recipe makeover before, then I am sure you know how applesauce can be great substitute for typical baking ingredients. I was lucky enough to receive of their kits with some unsweetened applesauce, some Big Cup applesauce, a cute backpack, recipe cards, and a handy list that shows how you can substitute applesauce for things like oil, butter, and even sugar in some cases! WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins The recipes they sent along looked delicious! WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins But I have to say, all this apple talk inspired me to make my own recipe! I wanted to do something that put a new twist on healthy snacking.

WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins I came up with what I like to call…hidden veggie muffins! Not only are these muffins made with applesauce of course, but they contain veggies that you can’t even taste. How’s that for boosting the nutritional value? They are also gluten free, low carb, sugar free, and high in protein!

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WI(Made)W: Savory Pumpkin Pasta

[Have you entered my HUGE Expo East giveaway contest yet!? Details HERE.] Since the last Recipe Redux contest I entered ended with my recipe being chosen as the winner (still so shocked!), I knew I had to enter this next one! And once I saw the challenge, I got even more excited because it involved one of my favorite foods…PASTA!

WI(Made)W: Savory Pumpkin Pasta “How Do You Celebrate National Pasta Month?” Recipe Challenge

October is National Pasta Month and the National Pasta Association wants to find out which pasta recipe fits into your healthy lifestyle. The Pasta Fits Campaign is encouraging ReDux members to feature pasta as the perfect foundation to a healthy recipe as it boosts energy, satisfies hunger and can be paired with vegetables and lean proteins to create delicious meals.

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Recipe Redux #12: Exotic Edamame Trail Mix

[Have you entered my Vitalicious giveaway yet!? LAST DAY! $100 dollars up for grabs!]

It’s here, friends!! My ONE YEAR anniversary with Recipe Redux! It’s a celebration of sorts especially since I just shared my big news with you all.

Recipe Redux #12: Exotic Edamame Trail Mix

With the big anniversary came a surprisingly challenging month. One of the hardest so far I think! But it just makes you better and more creative in the kitchen.

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