Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Tart

This recipe was inspired after browsing through my various Pinterest boards. If your like me, you pin a ton of stuff, but rarely make use of what you pin. However, one day while meal prepping for the week, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make so I turned to a recipe I recently pinned. I tweaked it to my liking (which I do the majority of the time) to create my own unique, version. The end result is a sumptuous vegetarian entrée, which looks and sounds a lot fancier than it really is.

Originally, I wasn’t sure if this would fill me up, but when paired with a salad, it held me over for a good 3+ hours! It must be from all the filling fiber in the squash and the additional protein from the milk, cheese, and egg. If you are unfamiliar with butternut squash, the trickiest part of this recipe is peeling and cubing it. Here is a great step-by-step slideshow to help you.

Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Tart

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 pre-made pie crust, thawed (I use Pillsbury)
1-1lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 T olive oil, divided
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 large eggs
2/3 C milk
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 T fresh or 1 tsp. dried rosemary
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss the butternut squash cubes with 1 ½ T olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Heat remaining ½ T olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions and a pinch more of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 20 minutes. Add fresh or dried rosemary and nutmeg.
Place premade pie crust in a greased, 9-inch pie pan. Layer the roasted butternut squash on the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle with caramelized onions and goat cheese on top. Whisk together eggs and milk and pour over tart.
Decrease the oven heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 45-55 minutes until tart is puffed up and eggs are fully cooked. Serve warm with a simple salad.

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Meal Prepping 101: How to do it and why you should

The biggest barrier I see which prevents people from sticking to their healthy diet is a lack of planning. Last year, by and large, was the busiest time of my entire life. I was the President of my sorority, held two jobs, and was a full time student. I started most of my days before 6am to either teach spin or fit in my own workout. Afterwards, I would rush home, get ready and then head out for a full day of class. I would usually have a meeting (or ten) later on and usually wouldn’t arrive back home until after dark.

I learned early on that if I wanted to continue eating the way I liked (a.k.a. home cooked, nutrient-rich meals), I was going to have to make some changes. I didn’t have the energy or patience to cook an elaborate dinner for myself after my jam-packed days.

Solution? Meal prepping. I began devoting 2-3 hours each Sunday to making a couple main dishes and sides to have throughout the week for lunches and dinners. Meal planning saved me precious time (2-3 hours one day vs. 1 hour seven days a week), money (from wasted food, takeout and gas money from taking multiple trips to the grocery store), and my health (no fast food or ramen for this gal).

Tomorrow marks the first day of my dietetic internship rotations. For the next 8 months, I will be working 30-40 hours/week, taking night classes and working part time as a graduate assistant. Needless to say, I will be jumping back on the meal prepping bandwagon and you should too! Here are some helpful tips to help you:

1.) Make a tentative meal plan
Put your Pinterest boards, recipe clippings and cookbooks to good use! Select 1-3 main dishes to make on the weekends to reheat throughout the week. Decide what kind of sides you want to have with each one to create a complete, satisfying meal you can look forward to.

2.) Prep items you eat the most often
I love making a big batch of roasted vegetables to have as a meal side multiple times a week. They are a nice change from their steamed counterparts, but take longer, so I like to make them ahead of time. Do this with foods you eat on a regular basis such as granola, hardboiled eggs, chicken breasts, etc.

3.) Prep the items that take the longest
Ain’t nobody got time to wait for a chicken breast to thaw or a lasagna to bake when you’re about to knaw your arm off due to extreme hunger. Bypass this, by prepping the items on your meal plan that take the longest amount of time. Complex dishes that require multiple steps (such as casseroles or pasta dishes), meats that require thawing and vegetables or grains that take a long time to cooke all fall into this category.

4.) Get to (grocery) shopping
Once you know what you want to make, take stock of what ingredients you already have on hand and write down the ones you need to pick up at the store. That way you have everything you need, and don’t need to make emergency trips mid-week.

Example meal prep: Gnocchi with sweet potato blue cheese sauce, roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts, 2 turkey burgers, large salmon filet for salads, taco meat, homemade balsamic vinegarette
Example meal prep: Gnocchi with sweet potato blue cheese sauce, roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts, 2 turkey burgers, large salmon filet for salads, taco meat, homemade balsamic vinegarette

Banana Oatmeal

I want to make my first “true” post a recipe for my absolute FAVORITE breakfast of all time: banana oatmeal. Many people hear the word oatmeal and think of a tasteless, gruel-like substance. That, my friends, is not what my oatmeal recipe is. I kid you not, I have eaten this same breakfast almost every.single.morning for the past 5+ years.

In two fast microwave minutes you have a big, piping hot bowl of oats tasting like banana bread, but without any added sugar. This recipe has all the things you should look for in a nutritious breakfast including complex carbs from the oats, fruit from the banana and dried cherries, and protein from the milk and nut butter. All these components add up to equal a balanced meal that will keep you full for hours.

This recipe can be easily customized to fit your individual taste preferences. Don’t like dried cherries? Sub your favorite dried fruit or omit it entirely. Prefer walnuts? Use them in place of the almond or peanut butter. Now you have no more reasons to skip the most important meal of the day!

Banana Oatmeal
Serves 1

Ingredients:
½ C rolled oats
½ T ground flaxseed (optional)
½ banana, mashed
½ C milk
¼ C water
1 T dried cherries
1 T peanut or almond butter
Cinnamon to taste

Directions:
Combine oats, flaxseed, banana, milk and water in a bowl. Stir well. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add dried fruit and cinnamon to taste. Top with a spoonful of nut butter, letting it melt into a pool of deliciousness. Enjoy!

Banana Oatmeal

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my long-awaited blog baby, Balancing Workouts With Wine! My name is Taylor and I am a dietetic intern, amateur chef, group exercise instructor and self-professed foodie/wino training to become a Registered Dietitian. Feel free to read more about me here. I have been reading health and recipe blogs for years and have always toyed with the idea of starting my own and today is the day! I want to give a special thanks to one of my best friends, Chloe, for designing the AMAZING header you see above (notice what she did with the teeter totter??!) and for helping me with the initial startup process. Without her, my technologically challenged self probably wouldn’t have built up the confidence to actually begin.

This blog is designed to help show you what healthy living actually is. It is not about eating the perfect diet and it is not about going to the gym for an hour, 7 days a week. Yes, I am a nutritionist, but I am also a normal person who enjoys desserts and adult beverages. I don’t spend hours at the gym each day and I don’t just eat salads. Although I genuinely love cooking, I also don’t slave away in the kitchen cooking gourmet meals for myself each night.

Balancing Workouts With Wine is my attempt to help change the mindset that healthy living is all or nothing. Eating 100% healthy is not realistic, attainable or fun! There is so much more to life than constantly worrying about looking like a model, fitting in that workout or avoiding Grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies.

I will be posting my favorite easy, affordable and delicious recipes, tips n’ tricks for eating healthy and exercising despite a hectic schedule and the occasional workout to help you build up those muscles! Life is all about balance people, so work out, eat your veggies and then drink some wine for goodness sake!