butternut squash walnut & sage pasta

Butternut Squash, Walnut and Sage Pasta / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

Happy Saturday! Jack and I are in Nashville this weekend for the wedding of one of my best college friends. It’s been fun getting out of town for a few days to spend time catching up with old friends. But the thing Jack and I really love about weddings is attending them when they’re not our own. Last month, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and although we had an amazing wedding day – the stress of planning it all is still part of the memory as well. (Note to self, next time: elope in Italy).

Butternut Squash, Walnut and Sage Pasta / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

But what’s not stressful is this pasta. (I know, dumb segue – but hey, it’s early and we were up late last night electric sliding). This is a pretty easy throw-together pasta made from a classic fall flavor combo: butternut squash, sage and walnuts.

Butternut Squash, Walnut and Sage Pasta / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

I threw some chickpeas in here because I had some that I needed to use up. This can be customized a few other ways: omit the pecorino if you’re vegan, if you’re not vegan some creamy feta or goat cheese might be a nice addition, and if you’re not vegetarian, some crispy pancetta would add a nice salty bite.

Either way, this a great dish to stay in and cozy up with someone you love.

Butternut Squash, Walnut and Sage Pasta / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

apple cardamom oat crumble

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

Pie is something I enjoy most when other people make it. I usually don’t have the patience for crust, but that’s probably because I’m more of a filling person anyway. (When I was a kid, I’d always eat the pumpkin pie filling and leave the shell of the crust behind).

So naturally, crisps and crumbles are my fall dessert of choice. This recipe is much easier than pie but still has all of the fruity-crunchy-fall-spiced goodness.

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemonsApple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

I made this nutty, oat-y crumble with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Cardamom has a sweet floral flavor that’s just a little bit unexpected. Spice yours up however you like – nutmeg or allspice would work too.

Toss with apples and bake until golden. (Btw, your kitchen will smell amazing). Let it cool a little bit and always serve with ice cream. (I especially love this with Nada Moo’s mmm…Maple Pecan vegan ice cream).

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

butternut squash burrito bowls

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls / @loveandlemons

Sometimes I feel like I have a never-ending stream of ideas. One idea leads to the next and a few tangents later they multiply into lists full of recipe possibilities. Other times, I’m completely blank.

This is the part where I usually talk about how I was romantically re-inspired after a stroll through the farmers market. But not this time. This weekend, we strolled and we market-ed. Still blank. Then, this idea popped into my head at Chipotle, of all places.

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls / @loveandlemons

It was a rare day that we were even at Chipotle, (we usually favor our local Freebirds). Either way, I’m a sucker for a burrito bowl and I loved the idea of adding butternut squash for a seasonal spin.

I’m also a sucker for alliteration – so the 3 B’s in Butternut Burrito Bowl had a nice ring to it. Although I actually have 4 B’s in here, if you count the brown rice. (btw, if anyone from Chipotle is reading this: Brown Rice. Just sayin’).

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls / @loveandlemons

This ingredient list looks long, but feel free to take it in pieces. No corn? Skip it. Tomatoes out of season? Use a good store-bought salsa instead.

I made a creamy avocado sauce with yogurt and cilantro. If you’re vegan, you can use cashews and water in place of the yogurt. And if you’re blender-less (or just short on time), mash up the avocado with lime and salt for a basic no-fuss guacamole. If you’re paleo – leave out the rice and beans and turn this into a big kale salad.

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls / @loveandlemons

fig & arugula salad w/ pistachio pesto

Fig and Arugula Salad w/ Pistachio Pesto / @loveandlemons

A few weeks ago, I made this in pizza form… since then, I haven’t been able to get the ingredient combination out of my mind. I knew it was destined to become a really great salad, so here we have it - a late summer/early fall salad with figs, arugula, balsamic, pistachios and a few dollops of pistachio pesto.

Fig and Arugula Salad w/ Pistachio Pesto / @loveandlemons

Instead of ricotta, I tore creamy pieces of burrata and added some diced avocado. (Just skip the cheese if you’re vegan – this is indulgent enough without it). For me, this salad hits every note a good well-rounded salad should – sweet, salty, creamy & crunchy, with a nice peppery bite from the arugula.

Fig and Arugula Salad w/ Pistachio Pesto / @loveandlemons

Today, I’ll keep this post short and sweet – but check out this fun interview I did last week on Get the Gloss.

roasted chickpea ratatouille

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille / @loveandlemons #vegan #glutenfree

Everyone loves a one-pot meal. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the one-pan meal. Arrange everything onto a baking sheet, have a glass of wine, and let the oven do the work.

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille / @loveandlemons

Start with a good assortment of late summer veggies. (p.s. how cute are those little round squashes?). Chop your eggplant, squash and tomatoes so they’re roughly the same size (about 1-inch pieces).

Pile everything onto a baking sheet – this time, it’s ok if things are little crowded. Normally, you’d want more space between your vegetables but you want your ratatouille to be a little juicy, so this works.

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille / @loveandlemons

Add a dash of oregano or herbs de provence. Roast until golden, then add a splash of white or red wine vinegar (this gives a nice zing)… toss, and roast just a little longer.

Serve with crusty bread, (or in this case I heated up some leftover millet).

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille / @loveandlemons