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Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Bake

Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake is the perfect side for Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week.

What the what?!?!

I’m not a huge turkey fan. But the sides? I’m all about that.

At dinner the other night, we were discussing what we should have for our Thanksgiving meal. Ron “needs” his obligatory Crescent Rolls. And I need our traditional Pumpkin Cheesecake with Walnut Ginger Crust. If all we had was that, I’d be more than satisfied.

With Thanksgiving ideas still on the brain, I remembered that I had a bag of cranberries in my freezer. I was all about making THESE muffins earlier in the year and kind of went nuts stock piling fresh cranberries. Orange and cranberry just go perfectly together. I then remembered I had a ton of butternut squash in my pantry fresh from one of my patients’ garden.

Butternut Squash Apple & Cranberry Bake before it goes in the oven.

I immediately thought of a fantastic dish I had from a potluck that had those two ingredients with an orange flavored sauce. And so the experimenting began.

The result?

Seasonal flavors

Vibrant colors

Rich aroma of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

You guys, this is like candy.

Butternut Squash, Apple & Cranberry Bake is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Bake
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples, cubed ( I used 1 green and 1 red)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries ( I used frozen and did not unthaw)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 TB pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground Cloves, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 13" pan with oil.
  3. Whisk orange juice, maple syrup and extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of each spice to a large bowl.
  4. Add butternut squash, apples and cranberries. Toss.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 30 minutes until the squash is tender, the cranberries have split open and released their juice. Serve warm or room temperature.


My son thought it was a fruit salad. Technically, it is. I didn’t want to burst his bubble by telling him that there was butternut squash in there until after he gobbled it up. The news of a vegetable in his “fruit salad” did not even faze him. He said he loved it including the butternut squash.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

The leftovers are perfectly marvelous over any type of greens or with quinoa. Or you could top with crumbled goat cheese. Because, well, it’s goat cheese and it tastes good on anything.

For more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina’s weekly link up.

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What’s an essential at your Thanksgiving meal?

Turkey or sides – what do you like better?


Frozen Yogurt Qi’a Bites

The perfect pairing of Stonyfield organic yogurt with Nature's path Qi'a Cereal forms Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites.

Disclaimer: As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I received free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

You are probably wondering – What the heck is Qi’a????

Isn’t that what I yelled every time we do a move in karate?

Not exactly. And before you get all impressed that I know karate – I took one whole semester of karate in college. Obviously I’m still rocking my white belt.

Qi’a (prounced Kee-ah) means energy. Nature’s Path wanted to bag up that energy in a superfood cereal. Qi’a cereal is full of chia, hemp and buckwheat. This power trio is full of plant-based protein, fiber and ALA Omega 3’s. Whoa! This is definitely a super power mix that is full of energy!

I don’t know about you there’s just something marvelous about combining cereal with yogurt. I love adding granola or hearty cereal to my smoothies or smoothie bowls. Or if I’m having a cup of yogurt by itself, a handful of cereal goes right on top.

Stonyfield Yogurt and Nature's Path Qi'a Cereal

I realize that it’s November and most of us are freezing. But the first thing that came to mind when thinking of ways to combine Stonyfield yogurt and Nature’s Path cereal in a recipe was frozen yogurt. I’m freezing but that doesn’t mean I’m not eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. I have wool socks and gloves on while I’m eating it, but that’s a minor detail.

Combining Qi’a and Stonyfield yogurt and then freezing it, feels almost sinful, like you are eating something that is dessert. When really, you could eat a couple of these for a quick breakfast or snack and get more nutrients than ever. You’ll be able to power through your day like the superhero you are.

I feel silly saying that this is a recipe because like most of my recipes, it’s super simple and requires very little ingredients. In fact, there’s only four.


Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites are high in protein and full of nutritents to keep you satisfied for hours.

Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites
  • 1 cup Nature's Path Qi'a Cereal
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or more
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic yogurt
  1. Combine Qi'a, dates and water in food processor. Start with 1 tablespoon of water and add as needed to desired stickiness.
  2. Press mixture into the bottom of muffin tins.
  3. Spoon 1-2 tablespoon of yogurt on top of the crust.
  4. Freeze for 4 hours before enjoying.
  5. Store in freezer.

I used French Vanilla whole milk Stonyfield yogurt. Feel free to use your choice of flavor or Greek yogurt.

For more meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina’s weekly link up.

What is your favorite pairing with granola or cereal?

A Healthier Cheesy Dip

Vegan Cheese Dip

What do you call a dip that could also be a sauce?

What do you call a recipe that is cheeseless, but tastes like cheese?

Serious first world problems here. I briefly thought about calling this recipe Awesomesauce but changed my mind at the last minute. Healthier Cheesy Dip will have to do.

You’ve heard about Meatless Monday, right? This football season, try kicking meat to the curb in connection with Monday Night Football this fall.

When I think of football, I think of appetizers. Give me a good dip with veggies and chips and I’m good to go.

Vegan Cheese Dip for #meatlessmondaynight

I love cheese. Everything is better with cheese on it, right? What I don’t love is the way most cheese dips are made – with nothing but fake cheese. This recipe, doesn’t have dairy or cheese in it. But it does have cheesy flavor. The special ingredient is Nutritional Yeast aka Nooch. Nooch provides a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein that almost anyone — from paleo enthusiasts to vegans — can enjoy. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

Sideline meat for #MeatlessMondayNight with Healthier Cheesy Dip   happyfitmama.comThis dip is so versatile. It can also be used as a sauce in Mac n’ Cheese, Cheesy Quinoa or by the spoonful. Yes, I’ve done that. And it is awesomesauce.

Dairy-Free Cheesy Dip
  • 1 Tbsp non dairy butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¾ Cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 6 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in small pot over medium heat on the stove.
  2. In small bowl, whisk flour and milk till smooth and free of lumps.
  3. Add combination to melted butter on the stove.
  4. Add nutritional yeast.
  5. Whisk over medium heat.
  6. Add remainder of ingredients till sauce thickens - approximately 5 minutes.


BTW – for more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina and Deborah’s weekly link up.

I don’t eat a ton of meat, but I’m taking the Meatless Monday Challenge myself. Studies have shown that eating a plant based diet may bring about many health benefits which includes helping you live longer. It also sets the tone for the rest of the week on a nutritious high note. It’s also a good idea for your heart. Cutting back on meat can lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure and overall reduce risk of heart disease. Did you know vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of dying from heart disease than meat eaters? Meatless Monday has many other environmental and animal benefits you can read about here.

Won’t you join me?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.