A few weeks ago, I was pretty sick. It’s not usual for me, but I didn’t leave the sofa for three or four days in a row. Jack would bring me soup and crackers and somehow we started watching Friends – in marathon form – from the very beginning. He doesn’t want his friends and coworkers to know this, but we’re now 3 seasons in and he couldn’t BE anymore into it.
Once I was back on my feet, I was still craving soup and I had a ton of random veggies to use up. This is pretty straight forward – the flavors aren’t big, bold, or spicy because I just wasn’t in the mood for that at the moment. But taste and spice this up however you like. (For some additional ideas, see the spice chart at the bottom of this post).
Use whatever vegetables you have on hand and/or skip the ones you don’t have. Make a big pot, eat it the next day, and the day after that. (It also freezes well). It’s a great bowl to cozy up with - especially when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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’).
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.
It’s only October 1st and yet I feel like I’m already the last to post a pumpkin recipe. This time of year, pinterest is crazy for pumpkin. But don’t worry – if you’re too cool for pumpkin, you can just as easily make this soup with butternut squash.
This recipe comes together pretty easily and it doesn’t even require a pot. I roasted the pumpkin, an apple, an onion and a few garlic cloves all in the oven. I put it all in a blender and pureéd it into a creamy soup with coconut milk, ginger, and the special ingredient – cardamom. If you don’t have it you can sub in some curry powder, but cardamom (the hardest spice to describe), has a spicy-sweet sort of floral flavor that works really well here to create a nice balance with the sweet apple and savory roasted pumpkin.
For some texture – roast your pumpkin seeds until crispy and sprinkle them on top. (Or just snack on them and forget to put them into the picture like we did).