Healthy Comfort Food DOES EXIST!!!

And YOU CAN even stay cuddle on your couch while it cooks!

“Healthy Crock Pot Comfort Meals” with side of Self-Care was the name of the recent class I taught at Whole Foods Market in Brea, CA.

Because don’t we all wish we had more time to take care of ourselves and have healthy meals cooked for us?!!

Plus, adding more self-care (here’s HOW-TO) into your life can help reduce stress and can help you avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain.

Check your local Whole Foods Market because most community cooking classes are free or a small fee.

There is just a little prep work for this NEW Sausage and Butternut Squash Crock Comfort  recipe and you can go right back to your couch and catch up on old Gilmore Girls episodes until the NEW Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival comes out. {squeal!}

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Comfort Food Smells SO Good

The smell from this “pasta smelling” comfort food dish will make your family happy as the smells start marinating and warming your house.

“What’s that pasta smell?” is what the kids said when this dish was cooking.

But, it’s not pasta, it’s actually a load of veggies!

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Need a crock-pot? This one is on sale a lot.

This recipe calls for sausage meat but I used ground turkey, and the rest of your crock pot is filled with vegetables.

You could probably even use chopped up left-over turkey from Thanksgiving and no one will ever realize you’re feeding them left-overs.  

(If you do this, pretty please let me know how you like it.  I would think that the slow cooking process and the  moisture from the veggies won’t dry out the turkey.)

Spices Bring Comfort and Health

The spices in this recipe give this an extra flavor and an extra healthy kick.

Oregano adds an average warm, balsamic tinge to dishes and is also viewed as essential seasoning in several Mediterranean recipes… This fragrant herb was particularly well-known among the ancient Romans and Greeks, who regarded as it to be a indication of peace and also happiness. – Health benefits of Oregano

Speaking of peace and happiness, this recipe doesn’t have to be spicy (at all).

I only used 1/4 teaspoon of the paprika and it was GREAT that way.

Comfort foods usually drain our immune system with all the cream, dairy, sugar, and lack of vegetables.

This dish has detoxing power with the spices and the butternut squash can boost your immune system.

Just 1 cup of butternut squash has 48% of our daily recommended Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is not just good to prevent sniffles, but butternut squash is good for your skin too!

Butternut squash also contains nearly half of your daily dose of vitamin C, which has been linked to healthier skin: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined links between vitamin C and skin aging in 4,025 women aged 40-74, and found that higher intakes of the vitamin were linked to a lower likelihood of wrinkles and dryness. – OrganicAuthority.com

A Well-Balanced Meal

“Comfort Food” is rarely considered a meal and is never well-balanced.

But, this recipe is!

Mostly vegetables and the right amount of high protein this comfort food dish is delicious and GOOD FOR YOU.

 

Sausage and Butternut Squash Crock Comfort
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Hearty slow cooker recipe full of butternut squash, Italian sausage,and zucchini.
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4 Persons 10 minutes
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4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 10 minutes
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4 hours
Sausage and Butternut Squash Crock Comfort
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Hearty slow cooker recipe full of butternut squash, Italian sausage,and zucchini.
Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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  1. In a blender or food processor, place first 9 ingredients (tomato sauce through red pepper); process until smooth. With the blender or food processor running, slowly add the coconut oil; blend well then set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage meat; cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion; cook until soft and sausage meat is cooked through. Reduce skillet heat to low. Add the sauce from the blender or food processor; bring mixture to a simmer, cook for 2 to 4 minutes then remove from heat. Spoon a thin layer of meat mixture on the bottom of a large crock cooker. Next, layer half of the squash and zucchini, then one-third of the meat mixture; repeat this process, finishing with the remaining meat mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
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