Well it has finally gotten COLD in St. Louis. This week makes me realize just how unprepared for winter I am. I was shivering in my live shot last night so bad! Part of the problem of course is that I'm not dressing warm enough yet. And that is because I have only half way unpacked the winter clothes. But while putting sweaters and scarves and winter things away in closet, I realized some of the clothes from last season aren't exactly fitting... And if I'm being honest, I realized that I have definitely overindulged the last few months. So for the last week I have gotten back onto Weight Watchers. It really worked for me in college and is the best way to eat a more balanced diet. It's not about restrictions but making better choices. And let me tell you this enchilada bowl is making it easy as can be.
The recipe was inspired by this post on Inspiralized (which is for healthy recipes!). I'm obsessed with all things butternut squash lately and as noodles they made a really hearty dish for very few WW points. With black beans, kale and avocado, it all felt very filling. A few days I added some chicken when I wanted a little more protein. But the thing that made the dish was thanks to another favorite food blogger, Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking. I used her smokey chipotle salsa from William Sonoma for the sauce, and it was PERFECT. I didn't love the salsa with chips, but as a sauce it was pretty life changing. You could also make your own enchilada sauce, but this girl does not have the time.
This also reheats really well, so it's perfect to bring for dinner at work. It also taste good at room temp, so on those crazy breaking news filled nights, I can still have a healthy meal and avoid picking up something quick. The biggest part of succeeding for me in getting back to a healthier life style is eating out less. You guys know how much I love to eat out and explore new restaurants so it's a real struggle. But if I can really stick with WW during the week and use the weekends for a few indulgences, I think I will be happier over all. Anyone else working on being a little healthier ahead of the holiday season? I'd love to hear your stories! Thanks for always listening to mine.
Butternut Squash Noodle Enchilada Bowl
Inspired by Inspiralized
It's the new year and every one is in resolution mode! I touched on my thoughts about goals and resolutions earlier this week. Whether your resolution is to eat healthier or you just need a little reset after all the Christmas cookies and New Year's Eve champagne, this soup is perfect. I drew inspiration from a recipe I saw on With Food and Love's site and a dish we made at our cooking class in Sevilla. It was chickpeas cooked with spinach and saffron. It was super comforting. Plus I have been looking for more ways to use the saffron I brought back from Spain (You can read about my trip here!).
This soup can sort of take on a multitude of forms depending on what you have on hand. You could use spinach instead of kale or white beans instead of chickpeas. You could use vegetable brother to make it vegetarian. I used bacon fat to cook the onions and celery in, but obviously you can use olive oil to keep it vegetarian (or healthier). I just wanted something warm and a little lighter to help counter all the heavy holiday stuff. Plus I am kicking off a 12 week challenge at my gym this weekend and this is the perfect soup to make at the start of the week and keep on hand for a quick healthy lunch. What are your go-to meals to have on hand when you're trying to stay healthy during a hectic week?
chickpea and kale soup
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