Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Thyme

If you are entertaining or cooking for family and friends this week, no doubt you are busy planning your menu and prepping your kitchen. This recipe for rich and creamy mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for just about any meal. However, they’re so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to enjoy them year-round. What’s more, sweet potatoes are as nutritious as they are delicious. They contain fewer calories and are higher in fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C than their white counterparts. Recipe Card So what’s your favorite? Traditional mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes?

Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

As I am trying to change my diet, that includes trying foods I haven’t eaten before or never really cooked before. This included acorn squash. My mom used to make it occasionally when I was growing up, but it was never a favorite of mine. However, I got the idea to create this protein-packed stuffed acorn squash. Not only is it healthy and tasty, it’s also a great alternative to traditional holiday side dishes. Crisp pancetta, rich Portobello mushrooms, sweet dates, and aromatic sage bring fabulous, yet diverse, flavor to every bite. As an added bonus, the lentils and walnuts make it more filling, so maybe you’ll be able to stop at just one piece of pumpkin pie this holiday season! Are you a fan of acorn squash? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

This post contains affiliate links. You can read more about it here. So, I am one week into the keto, low-carb diet. One thing I am missing is pasta. This recipe is great because replaces traditional pasta with healthy and delicious zucchini noodles, so I can indulge in it often without any guilt. All’arrabbiata is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red pepper flakes. It is traditionally served with rigatoni or penne noodles, but here it is paired with crisp-tender spaghetti-like zucchini noodles. If you’d like to save a little time, you can use prepared arrabbiata sauce. However, you can make your own from scratch in less than half an hour or you can make large batches in advance and freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals. Have you ever had zucchini noodles? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them?

Chorizo-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Now that I am trying the low-carb lifestyle, it’s not so easy to just stop at a fast food restaurant to grab food if I haven’t cooked. This recipe is great because it’s how quick and easy to make these tasty stuffed peppers come together. You can have this delicious, low-carb entrée on the table in just over half an hour without much fuss because the spicy Chorizo sausage delivers a ton of flavor without adding a lot of other seasonings. As an added bonus, these peppers freeze extremely well, so you can easily double or triple this recipe for even faster weeknight meals later. What’s your favorite go-to recipe when you need a quick meal?

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

For best results, prepare the cilantro-lime sauce the night before you need it to give the flavors a chance to blend. Planning ahead will also save time on those busy nights you want to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. Tip: You can also prepare the fajita seasoning in larger batches and store in an airtight container for later use.