Happy Veterans Day! YAY 11-11-11

Hello friends!

How is everyone today? I have today off, and I have looots to do so that we can enjoy our weekend.  I want to take a moment to thank all our Veterans for everything that they do.


I have a wonderful “Real Simple” recipe to share with you guys in the spirit of fall and everything squash. But first, for lunch I had another Lean Cuisine meal:

This one was Apple Cranberry Chicken on a bed or orzo pasta, and it was soo good, a perfect fall lunch.

And now…. one of my favorite squash friends made its first appearance at our house yesterday:

Baked Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash (from Real Simple Magazine)


– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 small butternut squash (pictured above)– peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

– 1 onion, finely chopped

– Kosher salt and black pepper

– 1 cup pearl barley

-1/2 cup dry white wine

-3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

– 5 oz baby spinach

– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

– 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or smart balance)



  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a Dutch Oven or large oven-safe saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the squash, onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to soften, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2.  Add the barley to the veggies and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil; cover the pot and transfer it to the oven.  Bake until the barley is tender, 35-40 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spinach, Parmesan, and butter. Serve with additional Parmesan.
This was the perfect, and I mean perfect fall dinner! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I hope everyone has a great day! I’m off to spend the day with my hubby 🙂

3 thoughts on “Happy Veterans Day! YAY 11-11-11

  1. Tara says:

    Speaking of butternut squash and lean cuisine, my favorite lean cuisine meal ever was the butternut squash ravioli. I rarely ever eat lean cuisine, but someone told me it was good so I tried it. It was awesome!


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