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Tasty Tuesday: Autumn Delights for the Busy RN


Fall is upon us! The season of changing leaves, crisp air, and comforting flavors. As an RN, the demands of your profession often leave little time for culinary adventures. But fear not! This Tasty Tuesday, we bring you two delectable, yet simple, autumn-inspired recipes to warm your palate and nourish your body. So, let's dive into the world of comforting fall flavors!

1. Butternut Squash Soup:

A creamy, velvety soup that captures the essence of fall in a bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup coconut milk or heavy cream

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent.

  2. Add the butternut squash pieces, followed by the broth, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, letting it simmer until the squash is tender (about 20-25 minutes).

  4. Once cooked, use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to purée until smooth.

  5. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the coconut milk or heavy cream. Heat for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  6. Serve hot, garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

2. Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats:

A make-ahead breakfast that's both hearty and delightful.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1 apple, diced

  • 1 cup almond milk (or any milk of choice)

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • Optional toppings: chopped nuts, dried fruits, or a dollop of yogurt

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl or jar, mix together the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt.

  2. Add the almond milk, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Stir well.

  3. Fold in the diced apples.

  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  5. In the morning, give it a good stir. Add a bit more milk if needed to reach your desired consistency.

  6. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy a fuss-free, tasty breakfast!

These autumn recipes are not only flavorsome but also perfect for the RN on-the-go. The butternut squash soup offers a comforting dinner option after a long day, while the overnight oats ensure you have a nutritious breakfast waiting for you, no matter how early your shift starts. This Tasty Tuesday, take a moment to savor the season's flavors and treat yourself to some heartwarming meals. Happy cooking!



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