Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash - Chew Nibble Nosh

Seriously, Winter.  Make up your mind.

Sunny and 65 one day, snowy the next.  We’re in that weird part of the season where Winter just can’t decide if she wants to hang out at the party longer.  She’s lingering in the doorway on her way out, coat in hand, but still chatting up the host.

Thankfully, there are recipes like this that help bridge the gap.  This chicken pot pie is cozy and warm, but filled with bright fresh spring flavor, with a boost from fresh garlic, kale, pearl onions, butternut squash, and shredded rotisserie chicken.  It’s lighter than a traditional pot pie, but still warms your soul when winter hangs on for dear life.

Chicken Sausage with Roasted Butternut Squash and Orzo

Chicken Sausage with Roasted Butternut Squash and Orzo - Chew Nibble Nosh.

You know it’s officially fall when I go and break out the butternut squash.  There’s just something innately autumn about it, and I don’t touch it until the time is right.  Well, the air is crisping up, the leaves are starting to change all around me, Christmas decorations are arriving prematurely in the stores, and the beauty of fall is here and now, so here you go.  One butternut squash dish coming right up!

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté - Chew Nibble Nosh

 You’ve got to love a meal that can help turn the “picky kid” tide.  Avery, my youngest daughter, claims that she hates pork.  That’s really a bummer, because the rest of us enjoy it, so when I have pork of any sort for dinner, she’s usually a little (or sometimes a lot) pouty.  She’s starting to step out of her comfort zone lately at dinner, and I couldn’t be happier!  If you have ever parented a picky eater, you know EXACTLY the happiness I’m talking about.  It really is one of the greatest parenting triumphs EVER.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta 6 - Chew Nibble Nosh

Happy Fall!  It’s official…we’ve moved on.  Summer is over, leaves are changing, the air is crisp, everything is covered in pumpkin spice…I love it.  Fall is my favorite time of year.

As the temperature starts to dip, it’s nice to have some cozy, comfy, family pleasing meals in your back pocket. This one is delicious, and my family loved ringing in the new season with a new fall favorite.

I started by cutting up a butternut squash into one-inch chunks and getting them ready to roast.  I lined a cookie sheet with foil, sprayed it with nonstick spray, laid out the squash, gave them a quick spray, and sprinkled them with a mixture of dried rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m calling it.  It is OFFICIALLY FALL!  I have broken out the butternut squash, so it must be true.

The trees here are starting to change.  I am incredibly (to the point of obnoxiously) excited about it.  This will be our first real fall in ten years.  I love fall, and I’ve missed it during our years in the South.  When we told people we were moving to Indiana, I’d say that nine out of ten of them (possibly 9 1/2) replied with, “Oh, really?  You know it snows there, right?”  Yes, we’re well aware that there will be snow to deal with come winter time, and we’re OK with that.  There is something to be said for experiencing four REAL seasons in a year.  And fall, to me, is just the best. There is nothing like the beauty of fall, the experiences of fall, and I love crisp fall weather.  I’m downright giddy over the upcoming season.

Apple-Cheddar-Squash Soup

Apple Cheddar Squash Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Well, I guess winter finally showed up.  I hope all of you up north are snuggled up and warm, safe and sound, at home.  Based on my Facebook feed alone, I can tell that a lot of you are enjoying a snow day today!

My girls were dreaming of a snow day today, as they stepped onto the bus.  I’ve assured them that once we move, they too will enjoy that “luxury” more often!

Pearl Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash and Preserved Lemons

Yesterday, the temperature outside finally dove into “almost chilly”.  It was wonderful!  It’s creeping back up into “warm” today, but yesterday sure did feel like fall.  To celebrate the occasion, I decided to put together a dish I’d come across that looked to epitomize fall.  I found this recipe while looking around for ways to use the preserved lemons that I’d made.  When I started the lemons, though, it just wasn’t quite time yet for this type of dish.  Now that we’re into October, and I can confidently wear jeans and a long sleeved shirt outside without turning into a puddle, we’re good to go.

Somewhat Sneaky Mac & Cheese

Before I had children of my own, I’d listen to frustrated friends of mine talk about how their kids were such picky eaters.  They’d fight with their kids, meal after meal, to get them to put something healthy in their little mouths.  As a Mom-Wannabe and an avid eater, this made me nervous about what was to come.  Then, my oldest daughter arrived and my fears were calmed.  She couldn’t get enough of the healthy stuff, and still can’t.  When other kids want to binge on chicken nuggets and French fries, my oldest would prefer tearing apart an artichoke or diving into a bowl of edamame.