Who knew chocolate and green veggies go together like peanut butter and jelly?! I recently accidentally picked up chocolate vegan protein powder from my nutritionist instead of my usual vanilla, and since then I’ve been loving the chocolate smoothies I’ve been concocting in the morning! For a few seconds you feel guilty about having something chocolately, and then remember that you’re only taking in amazing things: antioxidant rich spices, greens and fruit, plus protein and healthy fat.
My parents used to live in Lerici, a small town in northern Italy on the Mediterranean. As I was going through undergrad and grad school, I was able to live there with them for seven wonderful summers. We loved the food from the area – the foccacia, pizza, pesto, fish and gelato.
I think spaghetti squash is WAY over-hyped as a pasta alternative. Yeah you get the spaghetti shape and maybe that’s impressive, but it’s kind of bland and boring and it in no way tastes like spaghetti to me. Butternut squash, on the other hand, is rich and decadent, and when you top it with pasta sauce you can close your eyes and for a second there you think you’re eating butternut squash stuffed ravioli.
My dad used to make this for us growing up, and it’s still one of my classic go-to meals for an easy dinner. It’s paleo, and it’s got some of my favorite things – caramelized onions, fat and salt. I usually always have garlic, onion, and coconut oil on hand, so all I need to remember to pick up are the peppers and sausage.
I don’t measure anything, and I throw this together in about 20 – 30 minutes. Here’s what I gathered: