Holiday Shortcuts

November 1st, 2013

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Holiday Shortcuts Kelly Bejelly

This month's guest blogger is Kelly Bejelly of A Girl Worth Saving. Kelly is a writer, photographer, and self-proclaimed happy wife and mother who follows the Paleo Lifestyle. Kelly's blog features healthy and tasty recipes and tips for eating grain-free. 


With the holdays upon us, Kelly offers some great pointers for simplifiying cooking and entertaining during the holiday season. Use her suggestions while making this delicious soup. Thanks for the great ideas, Kelly!


Holiday Shortcuts

By Kelly Bejelly of A Girl Worth Saving

Let’s face it, holiday entertaining can be stressful.  First, if you’re a parent like me, you have to manage to keep your house from exploding into a mess of toys before your guests arrive.  Next, you have to make sure that the meal is delicious and everyone’s allergies and/or dietary preferences are addressed. Finally, the cherry on top of all of this. is cleaning up after the celebration. 

This makes it hard to remember that the holidays are a time to reflect on your blessings and to celebrate the friendships and family in your life. 

Here are 4 simple ways to help reduce the stress and increase the celebration and camaraderie of the holidays.


  1. Don’t make everything from scratch.  I tend to go overboard and make everything from scratch and that often leads to me being burnt out before the guests arrive.   I’ve found that by using premade chicken broth, precut veggies, peeled garlic and other helpful convenience foods, I can still create fantastic homemade meals without sacrificing quality.  
  2. Create a kid-safe zone. I have a hard time relaxing and enjoying my guests because I am hyper aware of my son since he’s always into something.  Hire a babysitter for the event and create an area where the kids can be kids and all the adults will be able to relax and enjoy time together.
  3. Don’t forget the music.  Good music always helps keep the atmosphere fun and the holidays memorable.  
  4. Go Potluck. This might seem strange, but I’ve never met a host who was not grateful when guests bring a dish to share during the holiday meals. Perhaps your aunt makes a killer pie or a couple of guests are Celiac. This is a simple way to increase the fun and reduce the stress.  See my recipe below for a fun dish to bring to your next holiday celebration.


Parmesan Delicata Squash Soup

Serves: 8    

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour



  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • ½ Teaspon fresh sage, minced
  • 4 strips of bacon, cook until crispy and then chop into strips
  • 2 large Delicata squash, peeled, seeded and chopped.
  • 4 8-ounce cartons of Pacific Foods Vegetable Simply Stock
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ Cup of finely shredded Romano Cheese
  • Salt to taste


1. In a stock pot, combine the butter, diced onion, celery, bacon strips and sage, and cook until the onions are translucent.

2. Add the squash, Pacific Foods Simply Stock, black pepper and Romano cheese and cook covered on medium for 1 hour.

3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.

4. Garnish with heavy cream or sour cream.






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