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30 Minute Winter Meals: Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, Peas and Butternut Squash Sauce
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Eating nutritiously this month has been wonderful for the whole family, but especially me. I previously mentioned that I gained a whopping 11 pounds at my last OBGYN doctor’s appointment, and this month I’m down 8 pounds, which surely means my efforts paid off. We’ve been eating well, but not extravagantly, and almost all of out meals have been tasty, easy on the wallet, and made good use of the things that are hanging out in the fridge looking for a facelift in the form of dinner.

In fact, the types of meals we’ve been enjoying are perfect for December. Since it’s the month when everything gets chaotic, something simple like making dinner can become challenging when there are so many other things competing for your time.
Here’s something I’ve been making for dinner lately that will hopefully help when you’re in a pinch for a meal. It’s quick cooking, nutritious, and easy to make. In fact, there is no real recipe here, just a set of instructions to guide you along to getting a good dinner on the table. Let’s get started:

Grab a box of whole-grain pasta from the pantry, and some turkey sausages, a leek, frozen peas, and the long neck of a small butternut squash. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta as per the package directions. While it’s cooking, peel and cube the squash and boil it in a small pot, cooking only until it can be pierced with a fork. Drain the pasta and set aside. Using the pot you cooked the pasta in, drizzle some olive oil into the middle, remove the sausages from their casings and cook in the warmed oil until crumbled and crispy. Add the leek (which has been thinly sliced) to the pan and cook until golden and soft. Add the peas and cook for another minute or so. Drain the squash and transfer to a food processor.

To the squash add a good glug of milk, salt and pepper to taste, and a handful of grated Parmesan cheese. Blend smooth to create a sauce. Place the pasta in the pot with the sausages and veggies and pour the squash sauce over top, tossing everything together. Serve this mac and cheese-esque dish to the family for dinner, pack up the leftovers for lunches, and congratulate yourself on getting a simple, seasonal dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes (plus your next day’s lunch, too).

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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16 Fall-Inspired Toddler Meals to Serve this Season
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The last list of ideas for toddler meals we prepared was well over a year ago, so we thought it was high time we offered you some new suggestions for what to feed your hungry little people.

All of the ideas (and recipes!) are seasonally inspired and make use of what you’re likely going to find at the farmer’s market or in the grocery store these days. If you’re sceptical that any of the suggested ingredients or meals will be well received, don’t worry; studies report that it can take toddlers (or anyone, really) anywhere from 8-10 tastes of a new food before they happily accept it. So keep serving them the good stuff, and they will eventually get on board with eating it.

Here are 16 fall-inspired toddler meals to consider serving this season:


  1. Rotisserie-style roast chicken, roasted butternut squash cubes with sage, spiced applesauce, pear slices.
  2. Baby Bolognese, mini mozzarella balls tossed with halved cherry tomatoes, apple slices
  3. Chickpea patties, homemade tzatziki, roasted sweet potato cubes
  4. Apple turkey meatballs, orzo, roasted cauliflower with Parmesan
  5. Potato and leek frittata, kale chips, roasted potatoes
  6. Baked salmon, rainbow salad, roasted broccoli
  7. Pulled pork pita, sweet potato wedges, steamed veggies
  8. Turkey, apple, and cheddar hand pies, oven-roasted beet chips
  9. Mini beef pies with cauliflower mash, green beans, buttered carrots
  10. Squash and apple soup, toast triangles, pear chips
  11. Scrambled eggs, apple potato pancakes, yogurt
  12. Tiny turkey sliders, apple chips, pickles
  13. Lamb burgers, mashed sweet potato, peas
  14. Sweet potato and turkey pie, roasted broccoli, red and yellow pepper sticks
  15. Turkey rice soup, whole grain bun, roasted chickpeas
  16. Baked mac and cheese with little white beans, roasted veggies, dried cranberries

What are your toddlers eating these days? Please feel free to share in the comments!

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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