Finally it started cooling off in California and the boxes that have filled our home since we moved in are slowly being unpacked and put away.  This was the first week I was able to actually go in the kitchen and cook.  I was feeling inspired by fall so I decided on macaroni, bonus it's one of Scott's favorite meals!  Lately I've been trying to find ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our meals.  The idea of taking an old classic and putting a healthy twist on it really makes me happy. 

When I fell across this recipe for Butternut Squash Macaroni with Apple & Caramelized Onions from Pinch of Yum, I was a bit skeptical.  However I am now a changed women, it's to die for!!!  I'm not sure I can ever look at regular mac & cheese the same.  There was so much flavor from the squash to the caramelized onions and the apple added great texture.  The lack of cheese in the whole dish also got me excited since I've been trying to stay away from dairy.

Click here for the recipe and directions!

Notes from Katie:
I had a hard time finding canned butternut squash puree, instead I used froze squash from the freezer section.  Bacon....skipped it completely!  Not a huge fan of pork so we typically eat turkey bacon, and I just didn't feel like it needed it.  


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