Winter Food Offerings

Winter meals are lots of fun to prepare in the kitchen and you can cook virtually anything and have it considered to be a “Winter” meal. Welcome to the Blog today. I’ll be sharing a few of our recent efforts in the kitchen.

The above photo is a stuffed acorn squash. These are so easy to prepare and you can very the stuffing based on your food preferences and your leftovers. This one had some left over French beef stew in the center with a topping of Parmesan cheese. I often will stuff these with a rice and vegetable mixture. The other vegetables are cooked at the same time as the squash using the same pan which makes for easy clean-up.

Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Set oven to 425 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with olive oil.

Cut the acorn squash in half through the center and remove seeds. Cut a small piece from each end so squash will sit flat on the foil. Spray squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place squash on foil covered pan and place in oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until squash is done. If a fork is easily inserted into the squash, it’s done. Remove from oven and serve.

Winter salads are great. This one is easy to put together. Just toss mixed salad greens, arugula, sliced beets, cubed pears, and avocado together. Use your favorite vinaigrette to dress the salad. I like a combination of balsamic vinegar and olive oil with some honey. Shake it up and you are good to go.

Steak, hasselback potatoes, fresh green beans and a mushroom wine sauce is a great special occasion winter meal.

Cheese trays with fruit and nuts served on slate cheese boards are always a hit……winter or summer. The Brie is served with a peach and rosemary topping. Delicious.

This is a great meal that starts with Roasted Spaghetti Squash and a sauce of tomatoes and mushrooms on top. Delicious and healthy it’s an easy alternative to a traditional pasta. Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and this dish is ready to eat.

This last one is a lemon sauce served on pasta with sautéed shrimp. Sprinkle a little chopped basil and some parmesan on top to complete the dish.

Hope these dinners give you a few ideas for cozy Winter meals. Enjoy!

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