I was sitting on the subway on the way to Manhattan the other day and I got impatient. And then I started thinking about this "are we there yet" mentality and how childish it is. Yet at some point we all experience it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this way of thinking can be detrimental in helping us achieve our goals, whether they relate to weight loss, job searches, relationships, or other changes in life. We often get so caught up in where we want to go and the progress we so badly want to see, that the process of getting there starts to seem impossibly difficult. We get obsessed with the end result, and suddenly get discouraged by the time and the effort that still lies ahead. I have noticed in myself that this impatience leads to an increased sense of urgency, which leads to anxiety, which leads to a sense of helplessness in the moment. This frustration can quickly lead to a "screw it" mindset, and we end up making impulsive decisions we wouldn't otherwise make. When we get the feeling that we will never get where we think we need to be, we end up doing things that will end up moving us further away from our goals. So what I am trying to say to you, and what I am trying to say to myself, is to be patient! Try not to get caught up in getting "there" and instead acknowledge the progress you have already made, because chances are, we will never fully feel like we have made it anyways. Maybe the best experiences and lessons happen during the journey, and we just need to change our perspective in order to see them.
With that off my mind, I would like to share an incredible fall recipe I made for (last) Monday's Columbus Day dinner: (PS. have you tried my Banana Beet Brownie recipe from that night yet??)
Pumpkin Apple Squash Hash
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
- Approx. 1 1/2 lbs. of ground turkey or beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 small sweet potatoes
- Approx. 2 cups butternut squash
- 2 small apples
- 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning/spice mix (or equal parts basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary)
- 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
- Salt, to taste
- Cut sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and apples into manageable cube-ish pieces, and salt lightly. Cook in the crockpot for about 2-3 hours on high, or steam for about 10-15 minutes until soft. Set aside.
- In a pan, saute onions in your choice of oil until they become translucent and start to caramelize. Add in ground meat, about 1 tsp salt, and Italian seasoning, and continue to saute until meat is browned.
- Pour pumpkin puree over meat, and continue to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly mixed and heated. It should look approximately like this:
- Add in the cooked sweet potato, squash, and apple medley, mixing well so the flavors are all integrated, and continue to saute for about 3-4 more minutes. Add more salt if desired.
- That's it! Serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner by itself, over spinach, with toast, in a burrito, or any other way you can think of. Enjoy, and let me know how you liked it ;)
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