BHG Delish Dish

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comfort food

Hooray for veggie noodles! Or would voodles be the more correct term? Anyway, these noodles are full of color, flavor and most importantly fun! These nutritious noodles are made from fresh fruits and veggies.

Here are three reasons why you should include veggie noodles in your diet:

1. Low in Calorie

2. Higher in Fiber

3. Gluten Free

 

When it comes to veggie noodles, the sky really is the limit. There are countless options, combinations and recipes to enjoy. You just have to start with one! In the spirit of trying new things, take a look at my top 10 veggie noodle recipes to make this summer.

 

Possibly one of the most popular veggie noodles, the zoodle (zucchini noodle) pairs beautifully with classic Italian dishes. Smitten Studio‘s Zucchini Pasta with Mint-Pea Pesto recipe hits the nail on the head.

 

 

I don’t know if I could think of anything better than having a warm cup of chicken noodle soup right about now. Many thank-you’s to The Brewer and The Baker for your healthy and comforting Chicken Zoodle Soup recipe.

 

Currently oohing and aahing over the rich vibrant colors in this delightful dish. Check out the recipe (Purple Cauliflower Thai Green Coconut Curry with Carrot Noodles) at Inspiralized.

 

 

Granted, pumpkin is technically a fruit, but this recipe was just too good to pass up! Minimalist Baker‘s Homemade Pumpkin Pasta takes comfort food to a whole new level.

 

Inspiralized does it again! This Caprese Beet Noodle Pasta looks simply exquisite!

 

 

Serve The Kitchen McCabe‘s Butternut Squash Ravioli with Rosemary Browned Butter at any weekday luncheon. Your guests will be begging for the recipe after the first few bites.

 

 

Eat Drink Paleo‘s Show Off Paleo Lasagna is how you WANT homemade lasagna to taste.

 

 

Beyond Ramen‘s Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter gives your grandma’s age old recipe a run for its money.

 

 

With The First MessSpaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl + Lime Peanut Sauce recipe, you won’t need store-bought pasta.

 

I hope you enjoy making your noodles, zoodles, boodles and coodles (that was a mouthful wasn’t it?)!

 


Hi there, it’s Erika Monroe-Williams from The Hopeless Housewife, so nice to “meet” you! I started my website/food blog after doing a lot of television cooking segments and wanting a place for viewers to find my recipes and it just grew from there. Shortly after I started the website I was chosen to be on the ABC show “The Taste” with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and let me tell you, that was a dream come true!! Here I was, cooking in the kitchen with the people I most admired in the industry! I had to pinch myself. Now I have to pinch myself that I am blogging for BHG.com’s Delish Dish! I grew up cooking out of Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks (I have some handed down from my grandmother that are SO old but still amazing), so this is truly and honor.

Let’s get started! I have really been up to my ears in comfort food this winter. Boy, oh boy, have I overdone it. Like, seriously. If it had cheese on it, I ate it. Bacon? It was gone in a second. I am ready to lighten things up but it’s still cold outside so I want my comfort food! I found this incredible-looking recipe on BHG.com for Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese that looked so delicious so I changed some things around a little and made this lightened up version. Because of the moist and flavorful butternut squash, this will still be gooey and flavorful even with low fat milk and reduced fat cheese…and, sigh…no bacon. But seriously, you won’t miss any of these things!

Here’s how you make it. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. I used already cut-up butternut squash that was packaged at Trader Joe’s to make things easy. Instead of boiling the squash in the milk like the original recipe, I  steamed the chunks until they were tender, about 15 minutes.

Start cooking the pasta. I decided to use penne instead of rigatoni. Follow the directions on the box then drain and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, sauté the onions. In a skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the butter over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, start the cheese mixture.  This is where I lightened things up. I used 1% milk, low fat cheddar and omitted the bacon. In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the milk with the flour. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, heat the remaining milk over medium heat and bring to a simmer.  Whisk in flour mixture and bring to a simmer. Add the butternut squash and onions and continue to cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until it melts. Add the drained pasta.

 

Pour the pasta mixture into an oven-proof baking dish and  sprinkle with bread crumbs. I used 1/2 the amount of bread crumbs and no extra butter or cheese on top.

Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes then serve immediately.

For the original recipe, click here: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.


Hi there! I’m Sheena, Digital Food Editor for BHG, joining in. The weather here in the Midwest recently took a nosedive to cooler temps and gloomy rain…ergo comfort food! As a registered dietitian, I try to make healthier choices (pay no attention to the bacon macaroni and cheese I ordered for lunch today) so I turned to this Hot Chicken Salad Casserole recipe which has less than 300 calories per serving and is full of veggies.

 

I knew time would be tight so I started prepping ingredients the night before. I pre-chopped most of the veggies and poached my chicken using this technique. Unfortunately I underestimated how many chicken breasts I needed to cook. I cooked two, but three breasts would have gotten me closer to the three cups called for. No biggie, I have a little less chicken in my dish, but I swapped in Greek yogurt for the plain, non-fat yogurt to help boost the protein back up.

Once I finished the last of the veggie prep all that was left was making the crunchy cornflake and almond topper. I knew I had sliced almonds in my cupboard so I didn’t bother buying more when I went shopping for the rest of the ingredients. Imagine my surprise when I opened my cupboard all I found were whole almonds.

(Thank goodness the California Almond Board had visited our offices recently or I would have been totally out of almonds.) So I gave the whole almonds a coarse chop and called it good.

To crush the cornflakes I used the handy test kitchen technique of putting them in a zip-top baggie and crushing with my seldom-used rolling pin. This is my go-to method to crush ingredients or pound meat because it’s so easy and makes no mess!

 A sprinkling of the topper and my casserole is ready for the oven.

Thirty minutes later my house smelled wonderful and the dish was bubbly hot. But I still had to endure the torture of letting it stand for 10 minutes! I managed to distract myself by emptying the dishwasher and opening mail so the casserole got its full 10 minutes of standing time, but not a minute more. I scooped out a serving and settled in to savor this creamy, crunchy, slightly-tangy comfort food. Even with my on-the-fly adjustments it turned out great! Try it for yourself: Hot Chicken Salad Casserole.


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