What We Ate | Oct. 13-19

Sausage, Peppers and Pasta Soup

Dave was out of town most of last week but I made a few dinners that lasted the boys and I the rest of the week. Celebrating Orange October (Go Giants!) through the menu -- pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potato.

Chili Con Carne Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Mon: Leftover fish with cauliflower fried rice (featured here)
Tue: Pumpkin Sage Baked Ziti (based on this recipe; added pancetta)
Wed: Leftover pumpkin baked ziti
Thu: Butternut squash ravioli (packaged) and green beans
Fri: Butternut squash ravioli, rotisserie chicken, peas with butter
Sat: Sausage, Peppers and Pasta Soup (*recipe below), ravioli, cottage cheese, rotisserie chicken
Sun: Chili Con Carne Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (based on this recipe; I don't have a slow cooker so I braised rotisserie chicken and added cumin, paprika, chili powder and cayenne instead of the seasoning packet. Added black beans and did not use the sugar.), sweet potato puree with cinnamon

Pumpkin Baked Ziti (they LOVED this)

 *Sausage, Pepper and Pasta Soup

1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves of minced garlic
4 links of Italian sausage, diced
8oz of pasta of choice
1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid
chicken stock to desired consistency (about 2 cups)
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add pasta. Cook according to package directions.

Cook sausage in a dutch oven over med-high heat. Set aside. Add olive oil and onions, lower heat to medium. Add bell pepper and cook until softened. Add garlic. Return sausage to the dutch oven. Stir in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add cooked/drained pasta and pour in enough broth for desired thickness. Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

New lunch:
Turkey and cheese on pretzel roll
Part of Mom's pastrami sandwich 
Pumpkin, smashed black beans and cheese on pretzel roll

New fruit/dessert:
Sweet potato puree with cinnamon

New smoothie:
Kiwi, pear, carrot juice, honey, spinach, yogurt, chia seeds

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