Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts

Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto topped with salty Pancetta and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. This labor of love is worth every single minute!

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts | Fabtastic Eats Can you even believe that it’s already the end of October? As in, exactly one week left. We weren’t planning on going back to visit our families for the holidays this year. Since it’s only been a year since we left, and we were there last December, but the closer they get, the more I want to go, even if it’s early on.

I mentioned to my husband that I might take the kids and go right after Halloween. In total honesty, I’m kind of homesick and I miss all of our friends, so it would just be nice to go back for a couple weeks and see everyone, then be back here before Thanksgiving to be with my husband. We’ll see.

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts | Fabtastic Eats What do you do for Thanksgiving if you have no family around? It’s just my husband and I and two little babes, so making a huge turkey dinner, kind of sounds like a lot of work for basically two people. I’m thinking of going non-traditional…chinese takeout. Don’t hate. But it kind of sounds nice spending the entire day watching the parade, and football and just lounging. My only nerve is that it could just seem like any other weekend, and I don’t want the holidays to just pass us by without fully appreciating them, they are my favorite time of year after-all!

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts | Fabtastic Eats If I do make a turkey dinner, it won’t be very traditional though, and it will probably include a side of this risotto. Because I am a believer that risotto is worth every single second standing at the stove, stirring. You know what makes it better? A little classic rock and a bottle of wine. I promise, you will enjoy the process, I found it therapeutic, like pie making, and the bluesy sounds, actually wiped any blues away. Silly? Maybe. But I enjoy it.

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts | Fabtastic Eats Risotto is a little bit of a labor of love, it’s not a 30 minute meal, but if you’re having an in-home date night, or even if you just want to surprise your significant other with a home-cooked meal, this is the ticket! It sounds kind of fancy, and even though it takes some time, its super easy. And there is so much flavor bursting through this!

Creamy butternut risotto, loaded with salty pancetta and crispy brussels sprouts, this combination of autumn flavors will not disappoint!

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts | Fabtastic Eats

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Weekly Meal Plan!

Weekly Meal Plan! | Fabtastic EatsDid you try any off of last weeks Meal Plan? The Thai Red Curry Beef was amazing! Tonight we’re having those Pot Roast Sandwiches-can’t wait!

And here is the plan for next week! Butternut-Alfredo-Baked-Shells-1

Butternut Squash & Alfredo Baked Shells

I’m so smitten with the butternut ravioli from Trader Joe’s, so the second I saw these, I knew they’d be happening!

MG_66981 Mexican Lasagna

This is a classic in our house. We make it pretty often. Many times I’ll make two at a time and freeze one for later! So good!

cider-pork-roast-apple-thyme-gravy-su-x Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy

I love slow cooker recipes, and this sounds so good! (plus it got great reviews!)

IMG_6374-600x915 Moroccan Spiced Chicken Enchiladas with  Harissa Red Sauce

Admittedly Ive never tried harissa, but knowing whats used to make it, I’m pretty positive I’m going to love, so I’m really excited to try these!

caramel-pork-stir-fry-I-howsweeteats.com-3 Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry

We’ve had this one before and love it! It comes together in 30 minutes, and there’s so much flavor!

HerbCitrusRoastedChicken-41 Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

So quick and easy, and so good. We love this one too!

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Indian Style Beef Satay with Curried Cashew Sauce

I’ve made this countless times, but I’ve always used chicken. That sauce is drinkable it’s so darn good. Promise you’ll love this!

And that’s the goods for this week! Enjoy all the tastiness!

Life Lately!

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Polish Coffee Cake (my grandma’s recipe!)

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Apple Crisp-Apple Pie

Apple Crisp-Apple Pie | Fabtastic Eats Apple Pie meets Apple Crisp, in this fully loaded, perfect, streusel apple pie, with an incredibly flaky crust! Anyone else feel like this week was incredibly long and never ending? Good thing we have pie (& wine!) to get us through! Also, I had a 5 hour Skype call with my parents yesterday, that helped […] Read More! →

Weekly Meal Plan!

Untitled2 It’s Meal Planning time again! I explained last week how I go about doing it, and I’m still working on that printable for grocery shopping based on category. Promise Ill get there soon! If you read yesterdays post, I’m kind of going through some stuff. So! Did you try any of last weeks dinners? We […] Read More! →

Happy(ish) Hour..

aad197ca744e25fccf516f97651682ed66edb753 We haven’t sat down and chatted in awhile, and I am in dire need of a happy hour with some friends…soo.. via If we were sitting down at a table together today, chances are that I wouldn’t just order a glass of wine, I’d order the entire bottle. And if I’m being completely honest, I […] Read More! →

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats An autumn inspired lasagna loaded with real apples, cider, pumpkin and so much cheesy goodness! This sweet and spicy savory dish is one for the books! I loooove pumpkin in savory recipes. I don’t see it to frequently, we’re all crazy over all the pumpkin loaded sweet treats, but when I do see it, or […] Read More! →

Pancetta, Kale, & Pumpkin Flatbread

Pancetta, Kale, & Pumpkin Flatbread| Fabtastic Eats Sweet and Savory, this mouthwatering Pumpkin Flatbread loaded with Pancetta, Kale, and Pine nuts, is exploding with flavors! Do you know the difference between flatbread and pizza? I really had no idea. So I jumped on the google machine..and honestly, I didn’t really learn that much. Some say it’s the shape, but I think that’s […] Read More! →