Butternut Squash Noodle Soup with Swiss Chard and Butter Beans

Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

During the fall time, you can drink all the pumpkin spice lattes that you want and eat plenty of fresh apple butter, but nothing compares to a hearty soup full of veggies.

There’s something very special about cozying on up with a big bowl of soup and the newspaper on a Saturday afternoon in October… reminds me of weekends as a kid at home in New Jersey when the temperatures dropped, the leaves turned their colors, and my father would bring home munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts… I always grabbed the chocolate glazed ones (they’re the best!)

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Ricotta Spaghetti & Brussel Sprouts with Butter Beans and Sundried Tomatoes

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It’s another Meatless Monday and what vegetable better to hold its own than the brussel sprout? For me, it was love at first sight. I will never truly understand why people dread these little guys. They’re so mysterious – are they a baby cabbage? Are they miniature heads of lettuce? They always keep me guessin’.

At least in the culinary scene here in NYC/NJ, they’ve become quite trendy. In the past two years or so, I’ve seen many more restaurants feature roasted brussel sprouts as side options or specials on their menus. Most recently, I’ve seen a lot of shaved brussel sprout salads or “hashes” flavored with chopped crunchy bacon.

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