Butternut Squash Risotto {Guest Post}

Wow…the first of September is here! It is still pretty hot here but that hasn’t kept me from dreaming of fall. Today’s recipe for butternut squash risotto definitely has me ready for a good pair of jeans and some fall temps.

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Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I’m excited to share a recipe today on Just us four. At my blog, Handmade in the Heartland, I share recipes, craft and DIY projects, parenting tips, home decor ideas, lots of dessert recipes and the occasional fashion post. I’d love for you to pop over and see my blog.

 
 
This recipe is one of our standard family favorites for dinner in the fall.  It may take a little more time than you normally spend cooking dinner but its totally worth it.  Risotto is typically served as a side dish so if you feel like you want to serve it up with a roasted chicken for a fancy dinner it would be a perfect pair.  We however love to just have risotto for dinner. :) I love fall foods and the flavors of fall and butternut squash just really tastes like fall to me. 
 
 
 
Butternut Squash Risotto

by Handmade in the Heartland
 

Ingredients
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Instructions
Warm the broth in a small saucepan over low heat.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.Add the onion, salt, and pepper and cook for 4 minutes. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the squash and garlic and cook until the squash begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook,stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally and waiting until it is absorbed before adding more. It should take about 30 minutes for all the broth to be absorbed.
Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan. Spoon into individual bowls.
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I love to be in the kitchen creating fun and delicious things for my family! Check out these other recipes that we love!
 
 
 
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Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake {Guest Post}

I love recipes that are easy for potlucks and taste amazing too! Keri is sharing her fruit cocktail dump cake today and I think it is perfect for any upcoming fall event you have planned.

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Hi Just For Four readers! I am so excited to be here with you today! I am Keri and I blog over at Shaken Together where I am celebrating a creative life with easy recipes, seasonal crafts and fun gifts! Some of my favorites things are my hubby of almost 15 years, our two sports obsessed boys, our two quirky cats, chippy old wood, the color red, singing at the top of my lungs, lists and mason jars! And speaking of easy recipes, I can’t wait to share one with you!

Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake

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Hi Just Us Four readers!  I’m Katie from Made to be a Momma. Over at Made to be a Momma you will find everything from diy sewing tutorials, home decor, kids crafts and recipes.  One of my favorite things to do is to cook and bake for my family.  In my life my motto is “keep it simple.”  I don’t have time every night to cook a full course meal or spend countless hours in the kitchen.  One of go to “must-haves” to make dinner a bit more special is homemade rolls or muffins.  I especially like making muffins because they don’t require any time to rise like some recipes for rolls do.  I love all the variety of muffins there are- you can have sweet, spicy and even savory.  They can compliment any meal.

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Hey there Just Us Four Readers!  I’m Ariean from One Krieger Chick and I am so excited Shannah let me pop in to share one of our favorite easy weeknight meals...Twice Baked Potatoes (made in the microwave!) Easy Weeknight Dinner-Twice Baked Potatoes in the Microwave! OneKriegerChick.com

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With fall and back to school fast approaching, I am starting to build a great list of go to recipes that easy to make and taste great too.  My sister in law was visit recently and she is  vegetarian.  I thought she might be joining us for dinner one night so I did a little research on what I could make that my family of meat eaters would love and she could enjoy too.  That was when I was introduced to #BeyondMeat. BeyondMeat is a meat substitute that takes all of the familiar things in meat {amino acids, fats, trace carbohydrates, minerals and lots of water} from plants and applies heating, cooling and pressure so that the result is just like meat. I used the BeyondMeat to make a delicious sloppy joe casserole and everyone LOVED it.

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